Sep 15, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterRiverton got three defensive scores in Friday's 41-20 victory.
The Riverton Wolverines took advantage of the speed and power of their rushing attack and used an opportunistic defense - which accounted for two touchdowns and a safety - to down the Green River Wolves 41-20 Friday night at Wolverine Field.
It was the first win for first-year coach Pat Patterson and evened the Wolverines' Class 3-A season record to 1-1. It was also Riverton's first win over Green River since 2001.
Junior tailback Tristan White rushed for 129 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns. Senior running back Dylan Lewis bashed and bruised for 99 yards on 16 carries and also scored for Riverton.
Prior to the game, Patterson said it was a goal for his offensive line to do a better job blocking upfield, and the coach thought that is exactly what happened.
"I thought offensive line-wise, we had good push. There were several times that we really played well up front. We ran inside, outside and had two 100-yard rushers, and that's a good night," Patterson said.
Green River's Garrett Wilson was the night's rushing leader, gaining 173 yards on 29 carries and the Wolves' Tyler Vendetti threw for 209 yards.
One point of concern for the Wolverines Friday was that Green River was able to substantially outgain Riverton. In fact, Green River hung almost 400 yards (398) in total offense while the Wolverines managed 266 yards. In their two games this year, Riverton has given up 761 yards defensively in just seven quarters of football.
"We didn't tackle very good at times. We had kids in the right spot, but we didn't make the tackles. And we have to cover better and get a better pass rush," Patterson said.
But Riverton's defense did manage to generate four turnovers against Green River, and that was the difference Friday.
Austin Patterson scooped a fumble and ran 83 yards with 8:41 left in the second quarter for Riverton's third touchdown, and Brandon Fullerton picked off a pass late in the game and also scored to seal the win for the Wolverines.
While Riverton got the job done via the ground game, quarterback Fullerton managed to complete just four of 14 passes but was hampered by several drops by open receivers.
"We threw the ball well and had kids open, but we didn't catch the ball very well. Tonight was more of a situation where kids were open and had a chance to score but forgot to catch the ball, for whatever reason. We left a lot of points on the table," Patterson said.
After three quarters, Riverton had a 31-7 lead, and Patterson was about to give playing experience to Wolverine reserves, but Green River pulled the score to 34-20 and recovered an onside kick that gave hem a chance to get within a touchdown.
"We let them dink down the field and score. We never did stop them," Patterson said.
Riverton will wrap up its non-conference schedule next Friday night at Wolverine Field when the Cody Broncs come to town. Cody was surprised by Douglas 35-9 Friday night. In week one the Broncs thumped Lander 28-0.
Green River 0 7 0 13 -- 20
Riverton 7 24 0 10 -- 41
RIV 5:27 Lewis, 3-yard run, Becker kick, 7-0
RIV 11:52 Safety, defensive tackles Green River player in end zone, 9-0
RIV 10:27 White, 5-yard run, Becker kick, 16-0
RIV 8:41 A. Patterson, 83-yard fumble recovery and return, Lewis PAT run, 24-0
GR 5:29 Vendetti, 1-yard run, Carroll kick, 24-7
RIV 2:25 White, 29-yard run, Becker kick, 31-7
GR 9:08, Carroll 10-yard pass from Vendetti, Carroll kick, 31-14
RIV 7:36 Becker, 37-yard field goal, 34-14
GR 5:52, Wilson, 6-yard run, Kick failed, 34-20
RIV 2:21 Fullerton, 11-yard interception return, Becker kick, 41-20
Green River -- Tyler Vendetti 8-1, Garrett Wilson 29-173, Chase Nichols 2-5, Zeke Mamalis 1-9, Caleb Mortensen 1-1. Totals 41-189.
Riverton -- Tristan White 16-129, Dylan Lewis 16-99, Rhett Rogge 3-8. Totals 35-236.
Green River -- Tyler Vendetti 23-42-2 209.
Riverton -- Brandon Fullerton 4-14-1 33.
Green River -- Chase Nichols 10-24, Colter Poole 7-134, Kamden Carroll 3-43, Zeke Mamalis 2-9, Garrett Wilson 1- -1. Totals 23-209.
Riverton -- Logan Hartbank 2-19, Keeton Zancanella 2-14. Totals 4-33.
Green River -- Hayden Love 14, Matthew Medina 13.5, Conner Rackley 12, Zeke Mamalis 12, Garrett Wilson 11, Cole Verner 11, Mitch Anderson 6, Reece Clingenpeel 5.
Riverton -- Brandon Fullerton 20, Casey Savage 18.5, Caleb Richmond 17, TJ Turner 17, Rhett Rogge 14, William Herbst 13.5, Austin Patterson 9, JP Baxter 8, Riley Reichert 7, Bo Patterson 6, Tristan White 5, Ian McMenamy 4, Dylan Lewis 3, Joel Salazar 2, Ty Cantrell 2, Keeton Zancanella 2, Steven Reinig 2, Bailey Meyers 1.
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