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Bruin Football Stages Car Wash
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The Riverbank High football squad used hoses, soap and rags on a recent Saturday to raise some funds for their 2021 fall football campaign. Occupying portions of the bus circle on the RHS campus, about 18 players and a couple of coaches worked in two crews, the washers and the dryers. Ric McGinnis/The News

The Riverbank High School football team took advantage of their ‘dead’ weeks prior to the start of practices for the 2021 fall season by holding a car wash fundraiser on the RHS campus.

A squad of about 18 players, led by a couple of coaches, took over the bus circle on the school grounds, with one group hosing down vehicles and washing them, then rinsing off, while a second crew wiped off left over moisture.

On a recent Saturday, the players and coaches worked from 10 a.m. through to 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon, with the last participant getting in line just as the gate was being shut.

The dead period is a time frame that high school athletes have to observe coming up on a new season, where practice of any kind, including weight training, is prohibited. Workouts can resume two weeks prior to contact practices, followed by scrimmages, then pre-season games then the regular season.

The first scheduled game for the football Bruins is to be held on Friday, Aug. 20, at Millennium High School in Tracy. Game times are at 7 p.m.