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High school football: Riverton Silverwolves 2020 preview

Here’s an in-depth look at the Riverton Silverwolves football team heading into the 2020 season.

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Note: Riverton finished with a 6-5 overall record in 2019 and was fourth in Region 3 with a 2-3 record. It was RPI seed No. 13 in the 6A playoffs and was eliminated by Lone Peak 37-8 in first round.

RIVERTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has led to several adjustments from just about everyone with regards to how they go about their business. For Riverton coach Jody Morgan, he’s no different, although the adjustments being made are for positive reasons, outside of the limitations brought about by COVID-19 restrictions.


Head coach: Jody Morgan

Entering his third season as head coach at Riverton, with his teams posting a 12-10 record the past two years. He’s a graduate of West Jordan and Dixie State.

Armed with what he sees as unique strengths within Riverton’s offensive personnel, Morgan is adjusting his offense accordingly.

“We really like our tight end group and our receivers, so we’re going to switch things up a bit this year to utilize that strength. I’m excited for all of it,” Morgan said. “We have some fun things planned for the offense that I think will really pay off for us.”

Another aspect of Morgan’s team is a lot of returning talent, coupled with what he deems a largely bright and intelligent group.

“Our numbers may be limited, we don’t know quite yet, but we’re preparing kids to take on a variety of roles, and we feel they’re capable of doing as much, and thriving,” Morgan said.

Riverton saw strides last season, but drew misfortune when paired with Lone Peak in the first round, due to the Knights having to forfeit a number of their games due to UHSAA penalties. The goal this year is to warrant another high seed and then move past the first round and then some in the playoffs.

“You have to beat the best eventually, but unfortunately we weren’t able to get by Lone Peak in the first round,” Morgan said. “It’s all about taking that next step. We want to win our region, first off, but then win that first playoff game. It’s been a while since we’ve won a first round playoff game, so it’s about time. But we certainly don’t want to win just one playoff game, although that’s a main goal.

Riverton Silverwolves at a glance

Morgan’s thoughts on how his players dealt the COVID-19 adversity in the spring and summer:

“Everyone has been understanding when they have to, and then forthright when they have to. I think everyone understands the need to adjust and that it may not look like what it usually does throughout the year. It’s going to be a unique year, but fortunately we’re blessed with a lot of great seniors and parents who have been really good about all of it.”


2020 schedule

Aug. 14 — PLEASANT GROVE, 7 p.m.

Aug. 21 — at West Jordan, 7 p.m.

Aug. 28 — at Lehi, 7 p.m.

Sept. 4 — GRANGER, 7 p.m.

Sept. 11 — KEARNS, 7 p.m.

Sept. 18 — JORDAN, 7 p.m.

Sept. 25 — at Copper Hills, 7 p.m.

Oct. 2 — at Bingham, 7 p.m.

Oct. 9 — EAST, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 — at Herriman, 7 p.m.

Riverton offensive snapshot

Offensive coordinator: Taylor Pitcher

2019 offense: 22.7 (17th in 6A)

2019 offensive statistics
  • Nine returning starters
  • Multiple offense
Returning offensive starters
  • Brayden Woodruff (WR)
  • Josh Jacobsen (WR)
  • Ryan Gannaway (FB)
  • Hayden Turville (WR)
  • Brayden Hunkin (HR)
  • Jaxson Howard (QB)
  • Kyller Pickle (OL)
  • Ryder Lewis (OL)
  • Dallin Carter (OL)
Offensive newcomers to watch
  • Colby Barton (QB)
Morgan’s keys for offensive success in 2020:

“It’s great having your starting quarterback return, but he still has to earn the job. He’s being pushed by Colby Barton, and we’ll see how that battle shapes up. But overall, we really like what we have on offense. We’re not the biggest team, but the guys we have are smart and know how to play. Like I said, we’re going to try some new things, and if we’re successful with that, then I think you’ll see a productive offense this year.”

Riverton defensive snapshot

Defensive coordinator: Kwan Ki Au

2019 defense: 19.5 ppg (seventh in 6A)

2019 defensive statistics
  • Five returning starters
  • 4-3 defense
Returning defensive starters
  • Kaleb Hamblin (LB)
  • Kaden Rengers (DB)
  • Caden Myers (DB)
  • Kade Neilson (DL)
  • Brayden Hunkin (LB)
Defensive newcomers to watch
  • Ethan Vernon (LB)
  • Easton Beins (CB)
  • Ruben Otuafi (CB)
Morgan’s keys for defensive success in 2020:

“We don’t have as many starters returning on defense, but we do have starters coming back at every position group, which is big. So we need to find guys who those returning starters can mesh well with and we’ll be a solid defense if we’re able to do it. We’re going to ask our experienced players to be coaches on the field, and if they do well with that, then our defense should be fine.”

Coaches preseason Region 3 straw poll
  1. Bingham
  2. East
  3. Herriman
  4. Riverton
  5. Jordan
  6. Copper Hills

Deseret News outlook for 2020

Riverton should be an improved product this season, as they continue to make steady improvements with Morgan as head coach. Look for the Silverwolves to warrant a relatively high seed and get that first round playoff win, followed by a hopeful good run in the playoffs. Things certainly appear to be on the up-and-up for Riverton.

Felt’s Facts for Riverton

  • All-time record: 105-122 (21 years)

  • Region championships: 1 (2013 co)

  • Playoff appearances: 15
  • All-time playoff record: 4-15

  • State championships: 0

  • State championship record: 0-0

  • Most played rivalry: 17 meetings with Bingham dating back to 1999. Bingham leads 15-2

Last five seasons

  • 2019 — 6-5 (2-3 in Region 3 — 6A first round)
  • 2018 — 6-5 (4-1 in Region 3 — 6A first round)
  • 2017 — 3-8 (2-3 in Region 3 — 6A first round)
  • 2016 — 1-9 (0-6 in Region 4 — missed playoffs)
  • 2015 — 2-8 (0-6 in Region 4 — missed playoffs)

Riverton coaching history

  • 2018-current — Jody Morgan (12-10)
  • 2017 — Blaine Monkres (3-8)
  • 2015-2016 — Brent Hawkins (2-8)
  • 2004-2014 — Mike Miller (72-49)

  • 1999-2003 — Rick Bojak (13-38)


Deseret News All-State Archives


Check out our archives of Deseret News all-state teams from 1929 to 2019 at Deseret.com.

Riverton All-State at-a-glance

Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years

  • 2019 — Isaac Rengers, CB
  • 2018 — Aiden Gordon, OL
  • 2018 — Cole Candalot, P
  • 2017 — Cole Candalot, P
  • 2014 — Simeon Page, LB
  • 2010 — Landon Fisher, TE

  • 2010 — Skyler Fullmer, LB