Prep Athlete of the Week: Darrick DeVries, Riverton

Published: Oct. 17, 2023 at 4:08 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wolverines picked up a gigantic win on Friday over #4 Buffalo, putting them in a tie atop the 3A East conference with just one week remaining in the regular season.

Senior quarterback Darrick DeVries played a huge role in Riverton pulling off the upset, and said the team went into the game with a chip on their shoulder.

”We didn’t like our odds [we were given]-- 70-30, we felt unappreciated. Because I think we should’ve got better odds than that. But to come in-- we saw them stomp on our logo coming in-- and we were just like ‘No. We’re not taking this, it’s our home game, one of our last. We’re going to take care of business,’” DeVries said.

The doubt certainly fueled DeVries’ fire, as he accounted for all three of the Wolverines’ touchdowns in the game. He opened the scoring with a 22 yard run to the end zone, shook loose for a 61 yard rushing TD in the third quarter, and put the finishing touches on the game by punching it in from five out-- plus he completed the two point conversion pass to put the cherry on top.

The victory over the Bison has Riverton in position for their first home playoff game since 2019 and a shot at the potential number one playoff seed in 3A East. Standing in their way is their last regular season game against Worland.

DeVries said he knows the team will be ready based on what he’s seen from them the last few days.

”It hasn’t been a feeling like this this whole season. Everyone, you know-- our big guys haven’t been too into watching film and stuff-- but today I’ve been seeing guys on Chromebooks watching their film, watching their position, getting ready. The whole feel of-- we had morning practice this morning. It was cold, but the energy was there. It’s never been like that on a cold morning. So I’m super excited. Everyone wants it more than anything, so I’m pretty excited to see what happens,” DeVries said.

The Wolverines and Warriors are set to kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday.