Riverton seniors aim to finish on a high note this fall

The Rams are coming off a 4-4 season in 2020.

RIVERTON, Kan. – The Riverton Rams are in the middle of their first week of football practice.

The Rams have a little momentum right now, winning ten games the last two years – after winning just five total games the previous three seasons.

Riverton has some experience back this fall under head coach Johnny Mallatt. Starting quarterback Walker Terry returns for his junior season, while All-State selection Derek Larison is back at tailback and linebacker for his senior year.

Larison says this group of guys has been playing together for a long time – and they’re hoping that chemistry leads to success this fall.

“I’ve been playing with these guys my entire life, since 4th grade. I love them to death,” Larison says of the senior group at Riverton, “We’re a small town. We’ve been around for each other, and we’ve been beside each other in every single class. We have bonds that are just different than a bigger school. It’s just a little different than a big school where you have 60 people in your class. We have 10 people in our class sometimes. I know every single name, and we’re around each other 24/7.”

“Once you establish that good senior leadership, everything else kind of falls into place with the younger kids,” Mallatt says, “Our seniors kind of know what I expect from them.”

Riverton will once again lean on the run game this season.

“We line up and we like to run the football, and play action,” Mallatt says, “If you run the ball well, those play action passes open up. We’re not afraid to throw it down the field if we need to, but if you run the ball well and you play good defense, you always have a chance to win the ball game.”

Riverton opens the season at home on September 3rd against Baxter Springs.