Hawkins Is Silverwolves New Head Coach
Aug 04, 2015 11:02AM
● By Bryan Scott
Riverton High School Football Team
By Greg James
South Valley - The Twitter feed of the Riverton High football team (@rivertonfb) is full of motivational references to a team that faces a change-filled season. A new head coach and the loss of several graduated seniors is enough for most teams to turn their heads in defeat, but it does not seem to be the case for the Silverwolves. It is still business as usual.
Brent Hawkins takes over this season as head football coach of the Silverwolves; Mike Miller stepped down this spring. Hawkins has taught at Riverton High School for 14 years and has coached with the track team and football team for most of that time. He has two years varsity head coaching experience at West Jordan High School, including two playoff appearances.
Hawkins takes over a program that has made 10 straight playoff appearances, including last season’s trip to the semifinals where they lost to Bingham 35-3. There only regular season loss last year was 35-18 to American Fork.
Miller had coached the Silverwolves since 2004; he compiled 68 wins as head coach. Hawkins is the third head football coach in school history following Miller and Rick Bojak.
“Miller and Hawk have their differences, but Coach Hawk has stepped right into the team and molded with us great,” senior linebacker Simeon Page said.
The Silverwolves lost their starting quarterback, Korbyn Baucom, to graduation along with several of the core of running backs. Page will be returning for his senior season. He was selected first team all-state by the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune along with Region 4 defensive MVP last season. Defensively they only allowed 20.7 points per game.
The Silverwolves consistently have a strong team running game. Last season graduated senior Cameron Christensen led the team in rushing with 1358 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Gavin Slack returns for his senior year. He was selected as the Region 4 special teams player of the year last season. He converted 31 extra points and kicked six field goals as the team’s place kicker last season.
“I have not seen any changes. Our program is really player driven. I feel like the boys have taken that to heart,” Slack said.
The Silverwolves are scheduled to open their season August 21 at home against Skyview High from Logan.