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Bruins Smash Denair 45-0 To Nail Down Gridiron Win
Now that's more like it.

A week after seven turnovers led to a 33-0 defeat to Waterford, Riverbank High's varsity football team blasted Denair 45-0 in their home opener. The win came on the momentum of three defensive interceptions, a long kickoff return touchdown and over 350 yards of offense.

"I think it got our confidence back to overcome a loss," Bruin coach Jim Oliver said. "Our staff did a great job making adjustments and the team played really well."

Gabe Manriquez took the opening kickoff of the second half 91 yards for a score. He also accounted for 18 of Riverbank's 242 total rushing yards. Quarterback Angel Torres (nine rushes, 75 yards), Orlando Gutierrez (10-64), Anthony Gonzales (4-25), Austin Wey (4-23), Alfredo Capas (2-20) and Chad Oliver (3-11) also managed individual runs of six or more yards.

Torres was 6 of 9 from the helm for 115 yards and threw a touchdown to Capas (three catches, 84 yards). Luis Solario also hauled in a 25-yard catch during the win and led the Bruin defense with nine total tackles (Gutierrez had eight). Antonio Perez, Christian Torres and Joseph Osborne all nabbed interceptions in the win.

The Bruins held Denair to just one first down and under 40 yards of total offense.

"I thought last week was not too bad defensively, but we were just put in a bad position," coach Oliver said. "This week we played good on both sides of the ball."

The Bruins are at Delhi on Friday. The Hawks slipped to Division III Lathrop 35-14 to open the season but edged Big Valley Christian 27-19 last week. Delhi runs an infamous offense where their entire team is often confined to a stout offensive front, where they can spring from the backfield at a variety of angles.

Coach Oliver said he expects the Hawks to also throw some spread passing looks Riverbank's way. Either way the Bruins will be gunning for payback from a 14-13 Delhi win a season ago in Riverbank.