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Former Bruins Play In All-Star Game
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Riverbank quarterback Chris Bigelow completed nine out of 14 passes for 42 yards but was sacked four times in the July 9 Small Schools All-Star Football Game.

In a defensive struggle where the only points came from field goals, the North team held on to defeat the South, 6-0.

Eight Riverbank High graduating seniors were chosen to play for the North in their last high school game. Besides Bigelow, they included Scott Jeglum, Eddie Silva, Mike DeCroix, Kyle Vaughn, Francisco Rangel, Jesse Sesma and Cody Avey.

Turlock Christian's Richie Villegas led the North offense with 37 yards on six carries.

Modesto Christian player Conor Pearce booted a 22-yard field goal late in the first half and another was good from 30 yards out midway through the third quarter.

Pearce was named the Offensive Player of the Game. Amador's Steve Adkins won the Defensive Player of the Game title.

The game is organized by small schools coaches each year to give their seniors one more chance on the football field against their peers.

The Lions All-Star Game played earlier in the summer tends to cater to the large schools and includes very few small school gridders, said Riverbank High PE instructor Ron Hebert, who coached football for many years before turning to track.

Bigelow also played in the Lions All-Star game but saw little action.

Played on the Ripon High field, the Small Schools All-Star game drew close to 1,000 spectators.