By Breanne Thiel
The season of Friday Night Lights is upon as the Boys of Fall will take to the field tonight for the first time this season against Riverton.
This zero week game for the Powell High School football team will start off a little different as there will be a non-varsity scrimmage at 6:30 p.m. prior to the varsity squad’s kickoff which is slated for 7 p.m.
For the non-varsity scrimmage both Powell and Riverton will have 15 offensive plays each.
Head coach Aaron Papich said that the point is to get the non varsity players some reps “because we’re trying to get as many guys through some reps as possible.”
This is also coach Papich’s first year as head coach of the Panther football squad.
As the newcomer to the coaching staff, Papich said the transition has been positive.
“It makes it easy having such a great staff because these guys have really helped me with being creative and have supported me and at the same time they have taught me. They have offered a lot to me that I have learned from,” said Papich. “With that we are kind of building and what one thing looks today – it might change a little bit at practice because we found one little thing at practice that we can tweek a little bit to make it more efficient.”
The coaching staff is comprised of Chase Kistler, Waleryan Wisniewski, Mike Heny, Zach Coombs and Joel Hayano.
“I feel very humbled and privileged to be in this position and I just want to thank the Powell Community, the players, the coaches, the school and I think this is really a great opportunity and a lot of fun,” said Papich of his position adding that “we have a really good turn out and I am so excited for our team.”
Between the varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels, there is a total of 66 players – 16 of which are seniors.
“We’ve really been working a lot on fundamentals and just getting the basics down. I think the team’s really been responding to that,” said Papich. “The biggest thing that we’re talking about right now is effort and attitude and if they can bring that everyday at practice that’s really what we’re harping and so far I think they are doing a really good job of that.”
The seniors include Kanyon Gann, Dalton Woodward, Kaelan Groves, Reece Hackenberg, Dalton McMillan, Carson Heinen, Kain Baxter, Cameron Lamb, Duy Hoang, Trace Jester, Weston Moore, Sawyer Mauthe, Trent Dicks, Jacob Harrison, Colton Johannsen and Carter Olsen.
The juniors are comprised of Ethan Asher, Garrett Stutzman, Brody Karhu, Carson Olsen, Ryan good, Matt Seckman, Macen Thomas, Zack Griffin, Justin Johnston, Bryce Johnson, Cayden Lynn, Chase Gonzales and Zane Cordes.
The sophomores are Jesse Trotter, Landon Lengfelder, Kobe Ostermiller, Brailey Gann, Kadden Abraham, Riley Bennett, Adrian Geller, Canyon Gonzales, Seth Horton, Andy Beavers, Ashton Brewer, Kaden Salas, Jack Pool, Josh Hine, Patrick McConahay, Daniel Rasmussen, Georgan Weimer and Jay Swaney.
Freshman players are Gavin Bleak, Kaleb Brown, Brent Childers, Toran Graham, Jacob Heib, Guadalupe Hernandez, Karson Lamb, Easton Moore, Wyatt Peterson, Ben Reynolds, Keaton Rowton, Lane Shramek, Sheldon Shoopman, Reed Smith, Eli Swaney, Hawkin Sweeney, Caleb Tyra, Lanson Wasilewski and Eli Weimer.
For the Riverton game tonight, Papich said that he knows “Riverton is a very good squad.”
“They are coached by Pat Patterson and he really understands the game and so it’s going to be a lot of fun playing against Riverton,” Papich said.
For the regular season, there is a total of eight games – four played away and four played at home.
The away games will be against Worland next Friday, August 31st, Douglas on September 14th, Evanston on September 21st and Green River on October 12th.
Home games will be against Lander on September 7th, Star Valley on September 28th, Cody on October 5th and Jackson on October 19th.
The first playoff game is on October 26th and the 3A State Championship will be in Laramie at War Memorial Stadium on November 9th.
“We’re constantly building and just trying to get better every day,” said Papich. “We just have to stay focused in what we’re doing each day.”
To see the 2018 Varsity Football Schedule please click here
To see the 2018 Junior Varsity Football Schedule please click here
To see the 2018 Freshman Football Schedule please click here