Wolverines to host ground-and-pound GlenrockSep 14, 2017 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
The burning of the "R" is over, the court has been crowned, and the Riverton High School homecoming parade will have made its way up Main Street.
Then it will be time for some football.
Friday at 7 p.m., the Riverton Wolverines host the Class 2-A top-ranked Glenrock Herders at Wolverine Field.
It will just be just the second time the two schools have battled on a football field.
On Nov. 6, 1925, Glenrock fell to the then-orange-and-black Wolverines 27-0.
And one more bit of history: Should The Wolverines(0-2) get the win Friday, they will tie Glenrock (2-0) in all-time wins at 411.
Even though this is now, the Herders will bring an old-school, double-tight-end power formation and hope to do exactly what Evanston and Green River did to Riverton -- run, run and run some more for a ton of yardage.
"We're trying to get better - tackling, staying on blocks and conditioning," said Riverton head coach Pat Patterson. "It's different going against Glenrock. Nobody else in Class 3-A runs this stuff. It's toss right and toss left, and they'll pull everybody on the backside and have a quarterback and two other backs out front."
The Herders lead Class 2-A (and would lead Class 3-A and Class 4-A) in rushing, averaging 352 yards per game and almost seven yards per carry.
In addition, nobody gives up more yards per game rushing -- 345 yards per game -- than Riverton.
"They have three big, solid, good-looking linemen," said Patterson. "They way they play is clock control. We may only get the ball once per quarter."
The key for Riverton to win will be to get ahead and make Glenrock play catchup, Patterson said.
"On defense, they have the mentality of bend but don't break," said Patterson. "We're only completing 40 percent of our passes, and we have to do better than that."
Friday's forecast is calling for rain for Riverton's last non-conference game. If it rains a lot, Patterson fears that could favor the style of the Herders.
"I want the kids to have success," said Patterson. "This is their shot at this. They need to have pride in their school and community and display that."