Riverton Wolverines’ football seniors are ready to carry one another to team success

Riverton’s football team is coming off a quarterfinal appearance in last year’s 3A State Playoffs, and this year’s seniors are ready to carry the team to success led by a junior quarterback.
Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 9:50 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Riverton High School started football practices at the beginning of this week heading into the 2021 season. The Wolverines have been working early each morning starting at 6 a.m. most days.

The team is coming off a 4-6 season that resulted in a quarterfinal appearance in the 3A State Playoffs. The team’s 2020 season ended in a 61-38 barnburner against Jackson.

Head Coach Troy Andersen will enter his second season at the helm in Riverton with a group of tight-knit seniors led by a junior quarterback.

“I just know everyone can perform, and they can do their role,” said Senior Running Back and Outside Linebacker Kai Girgen about the team chemistry. “And it’s an 11-man game, so one guy does their job then we’re all doing good if everyone does that, and I know if I don’t run too good then I know Lucas has me. I know Tanner has me. I know Hutch can make plays. I know Vincent can.”

Senior Wide Receiver and Cornerback Tanner Johnson said the team has “all the talent.” “We just need to work together and just accomplish things step-by-step, game by game.”

Johnson is joined by Lucas Engle, a fellow senior wide receiver and cornerback, on the outside and in the secondary. Both hope to see the team have success.

“I’ve been playing with these guys for three, four years now,” said Engle. “So it would just mean a lot to me to see all of us succeed.”

Junior Quarterback Nathan Hutchison will be tasked with getting Girgen, Engle and Johnson the ball, and in an interview after the morning practice Thursday, Hutchison said he will be up to the task of leading the team’s offense and believes he can rely on the trio of seniors.

“They all have a lot of fire in them, and they play tough,” said Hutchison. “They’re physical, and I don’t know they’re just great guys off the field as well.”

Riverton will open its season on Aug. 27 at home against Powell.

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