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Bruins Fall Hard In TVL Opener At Rain-Soaked Hughson
The reality of the hard-hitting Trans-Valley League schedule came down in a hurry for the varsity football Riverbank Bruins during their lopsided 46-0 league opening loss to the Hughson Huskies on the road.

In a game played in the mud and rain on Friday, Oct. 12, the host Huskies handled Riverbank and didn't let them get into the end zone in taking the shutout win.

The Bruins have experienced a modest degree of success thus far in their 2007 campaign, winning two preseason contests and looking strong, but the everyday challenges of preparing and producing have been taken to new heights with the opening of the TVL schedule. Riverbank will face steep challenges week in and week out and do not have the luxury of an "off-week" where they will enter the contest as an overwhelming favorite.

Riverbank opened Friday's game with the host Huskies ready for the challenge, closing out the first quarter trailing by just a single score 6-0. What the Bruins were not ready for was the uncontrollable explosion of the Hughson firepower as the Huskies reeled off 34 unanswered points for an insurmountable 40-0 halftime lead. They added a final touchdown, on a fumble recovery in the end zone, in the fourth quarter.

Hughson scored the first touchdown on a 20-yard pass play from Zack Adams to Aaron Stice and it was virtually the Stice show all night, accounting for all but two of the Huskies' touchdowns. He found a way to run in the mud and hit paydirt several times in the rout.

The Bruins weren't able to find the answer for success on either side of the ball, yet continued to display fortitude, keeping the Huskies out of the end zone throughout the majority of the second half.