Wolverines travel to Buffalo for critical contestOct 12, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
Friday's football game in Johnson County marks the 18th time the Riverton Wolverines and Buffalo Bison have met on the gridiron since 1929. Riverton holds a 10-7 edge over Buffalo and has swept the last five games, but this season's encounter brings two very different styles of play to the field.
The teams have two common opponents in Lander and Rawlins. Riverton edged the Tigers, 30-27, in dramatic fashion two weeks ago at home while Buffalo rolled over the Tigers, 42-0, in Lander.
Both squads fell by similar scores to the upstart Rawlins Outlaws, with Buffalo falling 18-7 and Riverton 14-9.
Offensively, the teams are diametrically opposed, with Buffalo ranked fifth in rushing in Class 3-A with 190 yards per game and the Wolverines last on the ground with just 107 yards per game on average.
Through the air, the Wolverines are the second-most potent offense in the division with 210 yards per game, and quarterback Treyton Paxton also ranks second among all passing quarterbacks in Class 3-A.
Defense is the key in most football games, and the Wolverines will have to improve their game against the Bison to stay alive for a playoff berth.
Riverton allows 325 yards per game on the ground, last in Class 3-A ,and 430 yards of total offense overall. RHS is coming off its best defensive performance of the season, however, having held Rawlins to under 300 yards last week.
Buffalo is right in the middle of their division, allowing 143 yards on the ground and 76 through the air each game.
Ray Rabou is the Bisons' leading rusher, averaging 87 yards per game. He has three touchdowns. Caleb Jones and Cody Milmine have a pair of rushing scores and average 47 and 27 yards per game, respectively.
Nic Fenton accounts for over half of Riverton's rushing offense with 62 yards per game. He left Friday's game against Rawlins in the fourth quarter with a leg injury but could be ready to go against Buffalo.
Buffalo stands 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the Class 3-A East Conference, whilethe Wolverines have an identical 1-2 conference mark and stand 2-4 overall.
The team which wins has the inside track for the final playoff spot out of the East conference. Kickoff if 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on KTAK radio, FM 93.9.