Bass said that AHST is "a very talented team," and that turning the ball over three times, which the Wolverines did, against a team that good "spells disaster."
Bass said the RV gridders played very well to open the game, but then turned the ball over on the first play of two consecutive drives, something a team can't do and expect to be successful.
The coach concluded by saying that AHST "took advantage of our mistakes, as good teams usually do."
Ethan Byers led the Wolverines' ground attack with 53 yards on eight carries, and Pat Brinkman (three carries for 32 yards) and Tyler Clark (11 for 31) chipped in.
Zach Hullinger completed three of his six passing attempts for 31 yards, and had one of his aerials intercepted. Austin Mathus-Hansen also completed two of four attempts for the Wolverines, good for 60 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown strike to Derek Ahrendsen. Andy Paulsen had two catches for RV, good for 31 yards.
Matthew Lundt led the defense with seven tackles. Nate Ray had six, and Chance Cullen five for the Wolverines. AHST had 137 yards through the air and 239 yards on the ground.
The victorious Vikings' Brian Gress gained 101 yards rushing, and Danny Pattee and Nick Adams gained 69 yards each. Pattee scored four of the Viking touchdowns.
River Valley plays at district foe West Monona tonight in Onawa.