Prep football: Riverton pulls away from Dixie
Riverton • Riverton's offense can put points up on the board in bunches at its breakneck pace. Even Jerry Sloan had to love seeing that Friday.
The former Utah Jazz coach was on hand to witness the Silverwolves' 57-24 rout of visiting Dixie. Riverton, which was nursing a seven-point lead midway through the second quarter, exploded for 34 consecutive points to break open the game.
"I've been a tempo guy even when it wasn't popular," Riverton coach Mike Miller said. "It's to our advantage. We're not a big group; we have little quick guys. We use deception to make it work, and tonight the kids were executing."
The Silverwolves (3-0) jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter, but Dixie (1-2) came within 23-16 in the second. The Flyers, however, could not stop the bleeding. Riverton answered with five consecutive scoring drives.
By the time the first half ended, the Silverwolves had amassed 418 yards of total offense, including 376 on the ground. Riverton finished with 602 yards, including 541 on the ground. Sixteen different players had a rushing attempt, and not one ballcarrier reached the century mark in the game.
"We work great together and put the effort into it," Riverton quarterback Connor Henderson said. "We just work so hard at practice and grind that in games, it comes naturally. Everybody wants it so bad. Our line is so crazy. They're the most athletic people on the field. This definitely motivates us."
The win marked the second consecutive week Riverton has defeated a defending state champion. Riverton beat Madison, Idaho, 33-3, last week.
Dixie, a Class 3AA school, simply looked overmatched against the 5A Silverwolves. The Flyers showed their resilience in rallying behind quarterback Ammon Takau in the first half, but that was before things got out of hand.
"Dixie is going to beat a lot of people and be in the hunt for the region championship," Miller said. "A few things happened for us, and we took advantage. The fake punt was big because it got it all rolling for us."
Riverton lined up in position to punt up 8-0, but Yuri Yassin instead turned upfield and scooted 54 yards to the end zone. Yassin was one of five different players to rush for a touchdown for Riverton. Henderson ran for three scores and connected with Cameron Christiansen for another.
Meanwhile, the Riverton defense intercepted Takau four times.
"We improved on some fundamental stuff from our last game," Miller said. "We needed to block better. I thought their front seven was tough, but we executed properly. We're getting a little bit better every week."