JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Riverton never had a chance against a Jackson team that was eager to erase a Senior Night that ended on a sour note, and earn a do-over with archrival Star Valley. The Broncs posted a 48-6 win over the Wolverines and will now move on to the semifinals next week.
Broncs players knew before their game began that the Braves had taken care of business with a win over Douglas 45-12. Not to be outdone, Jackson hung 48 on Riverton while surrendering just one TD late in the game with their second stringers playing.
Jackson showed Riverton a new wrinkle in their offense. Sophomore Clancy Meagher took Kirby Castagno’s spot at the flankerback position and made for a nice change of pace from star tailback Jeydon Cox. Before Riverton figured it out, Meagher had the game’s first two touchdowns.
Cox had another big day as he chases down 2,000 yards rushing this season. If he gets there, he’ll be the only running back in the state of Wyoming ever to rush for back-to-back 2,000-yard seasons.
Sadler Smith ran the offense well, throwing enough to keep the Riverton secondary honest. The offensive line for the Broncs had one of its best games of the season, clearing the way for Cox and giving Smith time to throw.
Jackson’s defense came to play, as well. Peter Goettler (6’2”) had a good night at corner neutralizing the size of Riverton wide receiver Lucas Engle, who is 6’6”. That left Evan Brunner or Sam Lopeman to cover Jared Lucas who is 6’3”.
If not for a pair of pass interference calls—one of which looked rather mystifying—Riverton had trouble getting into the red zone and little success when they got there. Jackson also caught a break when Treyson Draper caught a ball over a twisting Lopeman in one-on-one coverage and appeared to go in for the score. The 75-yard touchdown pass was reduced to a 20-yard strike when officials ruled Draper had stepped out of bounds at the 50-yard line.
Using Castagno as a defense-only player kept the outside linebacker fresh. He was everywhere, pressuring the quarterback and tracking down sweeps to his off side. Interior linemen Bradley Creighton, Jalen Dow, Will Pew, and Kevin Flores were again outstanding in stuffing the run. If Jackson is to beat Star Valley, it’ll be these four horsemen who will earn the game ball.
Head coach David Joyce rested the starters only after the 3rd quarter ended. He wanted no repeat like the one experienced the previous week against Powell.
Jackson has a week to prepare for the Braves who will be looking for their 20th straight win without a loss. That game will take place in Afton on Friday. Game time has not yet been announced.
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