Riverton football looks to bounce back in 2022

Published: Aug. 25, 2022 at 12:03 AM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Riverton football team has been getting after it in preparation for the 2022 season. In 2021, it was not one to write home about for Big Red.

After making the 3A state playoffs in 2020 and head coach Troy Anderson’s first year, the Wolverines slumped to a 1-8 record in 2021. The team’s only win came in its final game of the season against Rawlins.

In 2022, Riverton will have to replace the contributions of Lucas Engle and Tanner Johnson at the wide receiver positions.

Kade Gabrielsen, one of the Wolverines’ senior wide receivers, said at practice last week that he was looking forward to filling those shoes.

“I’ve played receiver ever since RJFL football, which is pee wee,” said Gabrielsen. “I’m confident in myself, and I think I can do a great job of it, and I have complete faith in Ty Sheets and Nick McIntosh. They’re both great athletes, and I think we’ll be just fine.”

Gabrielsen also was the co-leader in defensive points for the Wolverines last season, and he finished with 51 total tackles and four interceptions. He was proud of this year’s team chemistry heading into the season.

“We get along very well. We’re a bunch of brothers out here. We like to play with and for each other. We’re very uplifting. It’s a very positive team. Other years we’ve kinda been playing solo, and this year we’ve been playing together really well.”

Junior Darrick DeVries will be the starting quarterback for Big Red heading into the season. DeVries threw a handful of passes last season. He echoed Gabrielsen about the unity of this year’s team.

“We know what we’re capable of, so we compete with each other all the time,” said DeVries. “We’re never out here to make buddies. We’re out here to play football.”

Riverton will open its season on Friday, Aug. 26 at Powell.