CORRECTIONVILLE - The River Valley Wolverines showed that they're liking their first-time endeavor into 8-player football, blitzing Charter Oak-Ute 55-14 in a season opener for both teams here Friday night.
Blane Cullen had a legendary night for River Valley, scoring five TDs, including one on a 24-yard pass interception return. Cullen plowed through the CO-U defense on TD runs of one, 37, 13, and 45 yards as the big RV lead led to a continuous clock for the fourth quarter.
Dylan Fluke tallied two TDs for the winners on runs of four yards each, and Billy Pansegrau scored a TD on a 25-yard scamper.
Cullen finished the night with 18 carries for 195 yards and four TDs, Fluke was 16-90 and two TDs, Riedemann 13-64, and Pansegrau 4-42.
Cullen and Riedemann had interceptions for RV.
"It was a good win for our student-athletes," said RV coach Brian Winkler. "They have worked hard throughout the year to put them in a position to have success.
"We ran the ball extremely well offensively. We need to improve throwing the ball. Defensively, we had a very good game overall."
River Valley plays at AR-We-Va in Westside Friday night.