Green River Star -

By David Martin

Wolves fall to Torrington

Wolves face first conference challenge in Powell Friday


Star photo by Toby Trumble

Drew Wilson runs from the Torrington Trailblazers' defense during the homecoming game Friday evening. Green River lost the game by 10 points, which ended with a final score of 21-31.

Despite tough play on both sides of the ball, the Wolves (1-2) fell to the Torrington Trailblazers 21-31 at the end of Friday night's homecoming football game.

At the start of the game, the Wolves' offensive machine came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. On the third play of the game, a pass from quarterback Tyler Vendetti to Chance Hofer resulted in an 89-yard touchdown for the Wolves. The following extra point placed the Wolves in the lead 7-0 with 10:57 left in the first quarter.

It wouldn't take too long for the Trailblazers to respond, tying the game with 3:24 left in the first quarter. The second quarter featured a long back and fourth battle between the two teams, featuring an interception by Candon Croft, however the Wolves were unable to capitalize off the play and ended the following drive with a punt. Torrington would score a second touchdown soon after, bringing the score to 14-7, but Green River quickly responded after a scoring run by Vendetti, with 7:06 left in the quarter. The back and forth continued between the two teams until Torrington ended the half with a field goal, taking the score to 17-14, with 47 seconds remaining.

Torrington started pulling away from Green River during the second half. The Trailblazers extended their lead over the Wolves due to a touchdown in late in the third quarter, pushing their lead to 10 with a score of 24-14. A scoring run from Vendetti in the fourth quarter helped the Wolves close the gap to 3 points with 8:34 left in the game. However, another touchdown and extra point by the Trailblazers with 4:23 left, followed by a pass interception 3 minutes later sealed the game for Torrington.

Head coach Don Maggi said he's proud of how the team played in their last pre-conference matchup. Maggi said the last three games were about improving themselves before they the conference schedule starts, saying the Wolves face a number of strong teams in their conference.

"It's about growth, " he said. "It's about getting better."

Maggi said the team was able to keep Torrington from making big plays, but said the Trailblazers' ability to grind out 5 or 6 yards a play made it difficult to stop them.

Friday, the Wolves make their way to Powell for their first conference match against the Panthers. The Panthers have so far defeated the Douglas Bearcats 25-2 and the Buffalo Bison 24-14, but fell last Friday to the Riverton Wolverines last week 27-29.

The Wolverines also handed the Wolves their first loss at the start of the season.


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