RIVERTON Just when it looked like Riverton was in trouble after struggling in the Red Zone throughout the first three quarters, it came together and made the big plays when it mattered most.
Dillon Draper's 71-yard touchdown run just inside the fourth quarter led the Silverwolves to a 14-10 win over Timpanogos Friday night.
Parker Brown's 23-yard field goal to start the fourth quarter a one point Timpanogos lead to 10-6 and at that point it looked like it might be the T-Wolves night even though Riverton had dominated the middle of the field.
That wasn't the case, however, as Draper took the next play from scrimmage 71-yards to give the Silverwolves the 12-10 lead.
"My hat's off to Timpanogos," said Riverton coach Mike Miller. "They're a good football team. Their defensive line does a heck of a job."
Riverton added a safety with 1:30 remaining to push the score to 14-10 by sacking Timpanogos quarterback Brooks Fowler in the endzone.
The T-Wolves got the ball back with 57 seconds remaining when Jordan Pettis intercepted Davis Johnson's pass at the five yard-line. Fowler passed Timpanogos out to the Riverton 40 yard-line with 1.3 seconds remaining, but was sacked on the final play of the game to seal the game for the Silverwolves.
"I think what happened was we missed assignments," said Miller. "We got down there and got a little complacent and a little tired; things we need to correct. The kids showed some character and did what they needed to do to win. We've got to build on this."
In the first half, Riverton took a 6-0 lead with 6:53 remaining on a 25-yard run by Daniel Hoffman.
Three minutes later, Timpanogos took advantage of a Hoffman fumble at the Riverton 30 yard-line and handed the ball off to Jordan Pili who carried multiple defenders five yards to the endzone for the 7-6 lead.
"I think it was a typical first game," said Miller. "We made a lot of mental mistakes. It felt great to play someone other than yourself. It's a good one to build on so we can see how players play and assess them different than we can in practice."
The Silverwolves controlled the ground game as Draper, Hoffman, and Zach Spencer seemed to run at will through the middle of the field.
"I think we should have executed better, but honestly that's our offense," said Miller. "It's a four back offense and everyone has to touch the ball and share the wealth. That's how the Wing-T is."