Homecoming Week closed out with football action at Riverbank High, while girls volleyball saw lots of action, with three home matches over four days.
The Modesto Christian Crusaders came to play at the Angelo Novi Stadium on the RHS campus on Friday, Sept. 24 in a Trans-Valley League football contest.
The first quarter ended with a 0-0 tie, but the score had increased to 16-7, MC, with the Bruins scoring with about three minutes left in the first half.
Running back Anthony Leon managed to sweep around the Crusader defensive end, gaining about 35 yards. Ironically, the same play by Leon resulted in both the first and second touchdowns for the home team. Riverbank closed the scoring gap to 16-13 with about seven minutes remaining in the third frame.
A third touchdown by Freddie Anderson down the far sideline in the fourth quarter moved the Bruin score up with about two minutes remaining in the game, but MC kept pace.
The final score was 30-22 Crusaders, just an 8-point deficit, just a touchdown and a 2-point conversion behind. It seems to be the best Bruin tally in a home game in recent years.
Next week, Riverbank plays on the road, at Ripon High.
Lady Bruin Volleyball
Riverbank’s girls volleyball teams were kept busy on the court last week, playing three different matches at home over a four day period.
Last Monday, the girls hosted Escalon in a Trans-Valley League make up match that was originally scheduled for Sept. 14. Riverbank fell in three straight games to the Lady Cougars, 25-5, 25-10 and 25-14.
Tuesday, Sept. 21, saw Hilmar’s Lady Yellowjackets come to town for a TVL game, taking the series in three, 25-12, 25-14, and 25-10.
After having Wednesday off, the Lady Bruins hosted Waterford’s Lady Wildcats in another make-up, non-league game on Thursday. Start times were moved up a bit for the girls’ games so Riverbank players who wished to could go on to play in the Homecoming Powder Puff game that evening, and many did.
It also turned out to be the most exciting of the Lady Bruins' matches all week.
After losing the first two games, 25-12 and 25-11, Riverbank buckled down, extending the ‘Cats, handing them a 29-27 loss.
Games are normally to 25 points, but winners must win by two points. RHS held pretty strong in the fourth set, finishing just slightly on the down side of a 25-23 score that closed out the 3-1 loss on the home court.
In other Riverbank sports, the golf girls were scheduled to host Ripon Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 28 after The News went to press and Hughson on Thursday, Sept. 30, both at Escalon Golf Course.
Co-ed cross country has a Trans-Valley League Mid-Season Meet set for Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Ceres.