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Riverton hits road to face Bearcats

Sep 21, 2017 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

This Friday night in Converse County, head football coach Pat Patterson will try to do something he's never done in his previous four season with the Riverton Wolverines.

He hopes to beat the Douglas Bearcats.

The Class 3-A Wolverines are coming off their first win of the season, a thrilling come-from-behind 50-48 donnybrook against the Glenrock Herders, the top-ranked team in Class 2-A.

Friday's matchup puts Riverton back competing against Class 3-A teams.

"They are a typical Douglas team. They'll run sweep and trap, and they'll run a bootleg pass," said Patterson. "It's a lot of the same, but maybe (Douglas is) not quite as good as they have been in the past."

The Bearcats (3-0) are ranked fourth in statewide media polling, but their best weapon, at least on paper, attacks Riverton's biggest weakness -- a rush defense that has yet to find its stride.

After three games, the Bearcats MichaelYeaman is the leading rusher in Class 3-A, averaging 125 yards per game. He'll be running against a Wolverine defense that allows teams to run seemingly at will. The Wolverines are giving up a whopping, eye-popping 404 yards per game on the ground, a surprising 150 yards per game more than Lander, which ranks second-to- last in Class 3-A rushing defense.

In order to win, Patterson knows his defense must step up in a huge way.

"Their running back is just really good and is a one-man show," said Patterson. "We have to be sound in what we do and tackle well. I think we have a good game plan."

The silver lining for Riverton (1-2) is that its offense had its best effort of the young season last week in its third game.

"They try to give you a bunch of different looks defensively and bring pressure from different places," said Patterson. "Them being 3-0 and us being 1-2 and giving up a lot of rushing yards, they'll come in pretty confident, and maybe we can catch them overlooking us."

The two teams will tee it up at 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on KTAK 93.9 FM.

After Douglas, the Wolverines will be at home Sept. 29 against Lander.

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Riverton's Jaren Draper (3) has excelled for the Wolverines on both sides of the ball this season. 					     		            Photo by Craig Blumenshine

Riverton's Jaren Draper (3) has excelled for the Wolverines on both sides of the ball this season. Photo by Craig Blumenshine


Riverton's Jaren Draper (3) has excelled for the Wolverines on both sides of the ball this season. 					     		            Photo by Craig Blumenshine

Riverton's Jaren Draper (3) has excelled for the Wolverines on both sides of the ball this season. Photo by Craig Blumenshine

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