Wolverines host Tigers in annual rivalry gameSep 28, 2017 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
In the context of Class 3-A high school football postseason play, even though it's still September, Friday's Lander vs. Riverton game seems like it's already a must-win game for both teams.
Consider Class 3-A East conference foes Douglas and surprising Rawlins are both undefeated at 4-0 this season with Torrington and Buffalo right behind at 3-1.
Riverton and Lander, on the other hand, both enter this week's game at 1-3 and both schools would desperately love to register their first conference win of the year against its cross-county rival.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Wolverine Field and the gridiron battle will be broadcast live on KTAK radio, 93.9FM.
Friday's match between the two largest schools in Fremont County will be the 121st of the series which dates back to 1922.
Historically, Riverton holds a 62-51-7 advantage over Lander. In the early days of the series, from 1922-1944, the two schools battled twice each season.
"I'm 3-1 against them but this is only the second time I've gotten to play them at home," said Riverton head coach Pat Patterson. "But as much as anything, this is Lander and you don't want to lose the rivalry game, especially when you feel that you are the better team. You can't be 0-2 in the conference with three games to play."
In other Class 3-A East conference matchups Friday, the two undefeated squads, Douglas and Rawlins, play in Carbon County and Buffalo makes the long trip to Torrington.
"I don't think Rawlins has really been tested, except maybe by Evanston," said Patterson. "We'll see how that game turns out."
Riverton has been battling some illness among the team and junior quarterback Treyton Paxton is trying to play through a painful broken toe.
"Treyton wore a boot today - it does hurt him to run," said Patterson. "He's a competitor. He'll play through it."
Like every opponent Riverton has played this season, Patterson knows Lander will try and run against a leaky Wolverine defense.
"That is what they do," said Patterson. "We have to get field position and then avoid turnovers."
Class 3-A East
Douglas 4-0, 1-0|
Rawlins 4-0, 1-0|
Torrington 3-1, 1-0
Buffalo 3-1, 0-1
Lander 1-3, 0-1|
Riverton 1-3, 0-1
Class 3-A West:
Green River 4-0, 2-0
Star Valley 4-0, 2-0
Cody 2-2, 2-1
Evanston 2-3, 1-2
Worland 1-3, 1-2
Powell 1-4, 1-2
Jackson 0-4, 0-2