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Golf Wins Big, Football Falls Hard
Riverbank High's girls golf team saw a 16 stroke difference during a 176-192 win over host Ripon Christian on Thursday at the Jack Tone Golf Course.

Ripon Christian's Jenny Wickman bested Riverbank senior Courtney Floyd in a 37-38 showdown between two of the Valley Foothill League's best golfers, but Riverbank scores from the rest of the lineup made the difference.

Gabby Macedo, Emily Blevins, Kayla Page and Tori Sandoval ended one stroke apart from the previous score in 45, 46, 47 and 48 scores respectively. Alyssa Button also shot a 62 for Riverbank.

Riverbank is now 5-4 in VFL play.


The defending Division III California State Champions, Escalon, pulled well out of reach with a 34-point second quarter and 57-0 halftime lead, and cruised to a 73-0 blowout over Riverbank during Cougar homecoming on Sept. 30.

The Bruins struggled to stop an Escalon offense that rushed for over 400 yards and gave carries to 12 different runners.

Riverbank was held to 52 yards of offense and quarterback Alex Reynaga (6 for 19) was sacked three times and intercepted once.

A 13-yard reception from Logan Nabors and a nine-yard run by Reynaga represented Riverbank's best plays from scrimmage. Escalon was held to no rushes or passes over 36 yards, but exploded for some long punt returns and managed nine rushing touchdowns and two safeties against the Bruin offense.

The JV Bruins did not fare much better, as the host Escalon JV squad handed them a shutout loss, 52-0.

Riverbank's next game on the difficult TVL schedule is during Bruin Homecoming on Friday night, Oct. 7 against Orestimba. The Warriors fell 42-7 to Modesto Christian last week, but opened league play with an impressive 35-14 win over Hughson and went 3-1 in the preseason.

The team is led by 6 foot, 1 inch, 175-pound quarterback Dillon Martins (No. 7). Martins has passed for over 500 yards this year and has found success handing the ball off to running back Steven Machado (No. 32), who has over 700 rushing yards this season.