High school football: Riverton Silverwolves 2017 preview

Note: Riverton finished with a 1-9 overall record in 2016 and last in Region 4 with a 0-6 record. It did not qualify for the playoffs.

Riverton 2016 Offensive and Defensive Stats

RIVERTON — For the second time in three years, Tanner Vernon found himself adjusting to a new coaching staff.

“In my mind, we’ve done it before,” he said. “We went through a coaching change as sophomores. We’re used to it.”

He said what was more difficult was pulling together with the other veterans to lead the team in the off-season when they were without a coach. It made the normal challenges of an offense more difficult.

“For a little bit when we didn’t have a coach, it was hard,” the defensive lineman said. “There were a handful of us that had to step up and kind of be the coaches.”

Vernon said he’s learned new techniques, new strategies and new mental toughness from the new coaching staff.

“A lot of these guys bring a lot of experience,” he said. “They bring a completely different mindset. They bring something new, something different, and it just makes you a more versatile athlete.”

Blaine Monkres is still getting to know the team he was hired to coach in January, but there is one attribute that gives him hope Riverton can improve on last year’s one-win season.

“The kids have been working really hard since January,” said Monkres, who’s won state titles at Dixie and Morgan in his nearly three decades of coaching high school football. “They’ve done everything we’ve asked. As a coach, that’s all you can ask. You get out on the feld and start playing, and if they’re flying around and giving 110 percent and they’re out working hard and doing everything that you ask, then you can go out on Friday night and whether …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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