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Semi-Pro Football Ends Home Season In Riverbank
Modesto Raiders receiver Matthew Greenlee hauls in a pass during semi-pro football action at the Sports Complex in Riverbank on Saturday. It was the Raiders last home game of the season, with just one contest remaining. The home team fell to the Central Valley Hurricanes of Bakersfield, 34-6, knocking them out of the playoffs for the first time in six years. Ric McGinnis/The News

The Riverbank Sports Complex hosted the final home game for the Modesto Raiders season on Saturday, May 13, against the Central Valley Hurricanes of Bakersfield.

The semi-pro adult AAA minor league football team has gone to the playoffs for the past five years, but its 34-6 loss to the #1 seed ‘Canes pushed the Raiders out of the running this year.

The team is based in Modesto, but plays its home games at the Morrill Road complex in Riverbank. According to team management, costs to use the field here were more reasonable than in Modesto.

The team is part of the West Coast Football Alliance, made up of adult minor league organizations. The alliance features 10 teams ranging from Fresno to Reno and players from 18 to 54 years of age. The Alliance is an owner-operated league. The Modesto team, sometimes known as the Central Valley Raiders, is in its 26th year.