JACKSON, Wyo. — It’s a little early in the season to be calling tonight’s game with Riverton a ‘must win,’ but the Jackson Broncs not only need to erase last week’s home opening loss from their minds but could use a bit of momentum heading back home next Friday to face arch rivals Star Valley.

Jackson (2-1) will face an experienced Riverton (1-2) team coming off a decisive win against Evanston last week. The Wolverines boast a ton of seniors and plenty of beef on the offensive line. Their size allowed them to pound the ball between the tackles on the ground last week, with senior running back Trayton Hyatt doing most of the heavy lifting.

For the Broncs, defensing the pass has been their bugaboo. Coach David Joyce said he wouldn’t mind seeing a team try to run the ball on his Black & Orange.

“I hope they do [try to run]. We’ve not been good against the pass this season and we’ve surrendered, like negative yards rushing on average so far this year,” Joyce said. “And it is something we are going to see Star Valley do a lot of next week.”

Jackson needs another big game out of the emerging Brody Hasenack in the backfield. Quarterback Sadler Smith hopes to rebound as well from a game last week filled with dropped passes and missed opportunities.

It’s a non-conference game for both teams who do not see each other very often. Jackson has had the better of the matchups of late. The Broncs pounded the Wolverines in the first round of last season’s playoffs, 48-6. Jackson also beat Riverton 44-21 in a 2015 playoff game in 2015.

The last time Riverton has beaten Jackson was in 2010, with a Wolverines blowout win, 49-6.

Game time 6 p.m. Live play-by-play coverage on KZ965 (95.4FM) and online at KZ95.live.