Sep 22, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterThe Wolverines open East 3-A conference play this Friday in Rawlins.
The Cody Broncs used a strong, physical running attack and superior special teams play to dominate the Riverton Wolverines 40-17 Friday night at Wolverine Field.
This is the fourth consecutive season the Wolverines have started the year with a 1-2 record, while Cody moves to 2-1.
"We were here in the same boat last year, 1-2, and then we got on a roll. I can see that happening again," RHS coach Pat Patterson said.
Up next for Riverton is the start of Class 3-A East Conference play next Friday at Rawlins.
Cody's Carter Myers, who came into Friday's contest averaging 60 yards per game, blew through the Wolverine defense for 173 yards on 26 carries. In all, Cody runners chewed up 314 yards and added 62 yards passing for a total of 382 yards in total offense.
Add that to the spectacular Noah Rivera, who had kickoff returns of 93 and 98 yards for touchdowns against Riverton.
Early on, it looked like the Wolverines would compete after Cody marched down the field on its first possession and scored on a 12-play drive.
Riverton answered with a good 10-play drive of its own that featured two 11-yard runs by Tristan White and a snappy 15-yard Brandon Fullerton-to-Austin Patterson throw and catch. Dietrik Becker converted a 37-yard field goal to make the score 7-3 with 4:49 left in the first quarter.
"We ran the ball better inside this week and threw and caught better, but the thing that let us down was special team play. That was a huge difference in the game," Patterson said.
The score changed just 14 seconds later when Rivera zipped through the middle of Riverton's kick coverage team for 93 yards and his first of two long touchdowns.
The Wolverines tried to crawl back in the game, and Fullerton found Liam Vincent, seeing his first action of the year after recovering from a preseason hamstring pull, for 16-yard touchdown.
After an offside penalty against the Broncs, Riverton took advantage of the short PAT yardage, and Fullerton found Rhett Rogge for the 2-point conversion.
The score was close again at 14-11 with 11:11 left in the second quarter.
But Cody again responded with a 14-second Rivera shocker, this one a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Cody added another score just before halftime after a long referee huddle when the officials were confused on how to call an illegal Cody pass. Quarterback John Beaudrie, under pressure from Riverton's Caleb Richmond, completed a pass to Malik Oliver, an ineligible lineman.
After the officials finally marked off the penalty and didn't allow Cody to replay third down, Beaudrie pumped to the left flat, the Wolverine defense bit, and Nik Schmidt was wide open for an easy 28-yard score. After the PAT, Riverton was down 27-11 at halftime.
"We didn't match up (strength-wise). They pushed us around," Patterson said.
Riverton made one more attempt to get back into the game with a solid opening half drive that featured a Fullerton 32-yard scramble on third and long that gave the Wolverines a first and goal at the Bronc seven. Fullerton found Logan Hartbank for a short gain, but on second down, a Wolverine backfield mix up resulted in a fumble that was recovered by Cody's Rivera.
Riverton held Cody on the next possession, but Fullerton, who had his best day passing of the early season, hitting 15-26 for 150 yards, had a passed tipped and intercepted by Cody's Ryan Nieters who returned it up the left sideline to Riverton's 20-yard line. Cody scored three plays later and, even though Riverton added one more White rush for a touchdown, the game was out of reach for the Wolverines.
"We talked before the game that this was going to be a big test for us and that we would find out where we are and what kind of team we are. I thought at times we did good things. We moved the ball on a talented, physical defense. But we get down and have mental mistakes," Patterson said.
Cody 14 13 7 6 -- 40
Riverton 3 8 6 0 -- 17
CODY -- 7:29, Myers 4-yard run, Myers kick, 7-0
RIV -- 4:49, Becker 37-yard FG, 7-3
CODY -- Rivera, 97-yard kickoff return, Myers kick, 14-3
RIV -- 11:11, Fullerton 16-yard pass to A. Patterson, Fullerton pass to Rogge PAT, 14-11
CODY -- 10:57, Rivera, 98-yard kickoff return, Myers kick, 21-11
CODY -- 0:41, Beaudrie 28-yard pass to Schmidt, kick failed, 27-11
CODY -- 2:55, Beaudrie 8-yard pass to Feusner, Myers kick, 34-11
CODY -- 5:07, Myers 6-yard run, kick failed, 40-11
RUSHING -- Cody -- Carter Myers 16-173, Pehringer 14-80, Cameron Myers 3-37, Beaudri 1-4, Williams 2-8, Hinze 1-20. Total 48-314. Riverton -- White 17-64, Fullerton 8-35, Rogge 2-23, Lewis 7-12. Totals 34-134.
PASSING -- Cody -- Beaudrie 5-8-0 62. Riverton -- Fullerton 15-26-1 150, Austin Patterson 0-1-0 0.
RECEIVING -- Cody -- Rivera 2-35, Malik 1 (W22;9), Feusner 1-8, Schmidt 1-28. Totals 5-62. Riverton -- Hartbank 5-48, Austin Patterson 6-66, McMenamy 1-17, Zancanella 1-15, White 1-7, Richmond 1-7. Totals 15-150.
Cody -- Carter Myers 21, Ryan Nieters 15, Noah Rivera 13, Cap McClure 12 David Lee 10. Riverton -- Ty Cantrell 13, Caleb Richmond 11, Bo Patterson 10.5, Liam Vincent 9, Will Herbst 8, JP Baxter 8, Brandon Fullerton 8, Casey Savage 8, Dylan Lewis 6, Logan Hartbank 6, Ian McMenamy 4, Rhett Rogge 4, Riley Reichart 3.
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