In their first victory of the season, Riverbank’s varsity football Bruins scored 29 unanswered points in the first quarter as they traveled to play Livermore Valley Charter Prep on Saturday, Oct. 4, on their way to a 51-0 win in non-conference play.
The Bruins are now 1-4 for the campaign and kick off their tough Trans-Valley League schedule this week, hosting Modesto Christian for Homecoming.
The varsity boys traveled on Saturday for the afternoon clash with Livermore Valley and started off strong, running out to a 29-0 lead in the first quarter. Riverbank got on the board in every frame, with eight more points in the second for a commanding 37-0 halftime lead. They added single touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters for the lopsided victory.
Coach Jim Oliver couldn’t be happier for his players, who have continued to put in time, effort and plenty of dedication through an 0-4 stretch to start the campaign before getting the first win.
“We are having a little bit of a down year this year but I believe the future looks bright,” Oliver said. “Our players have great attitudes and continue to play hard.”
Leading the way on Saturday were sophomore Roy Rogers, 12 carries for 187 yards and two touchdowns, with senior Jorge Jiminez finding the end zone three times, 15 carries for 118 yards. Senior Nathan White (2 carries, 11 yards) and junior Tim Brown (9-for-152) also scored touchdowns on the night.
Defensively, senior Jose Ariza had nine tackles, with Brown and junior Mark Alderete recording six each. Ariza and senior Daymon Mayfield each had a sack.
Riverbank rolled up a total of 589 yards against Livermore Valley, including 506 on rushing plays. Other yardage came in kick returns (33), punt returns (10) and interception returns (40).
Oliver was pleased his players could celebrate a victory, but now they have to get back to business, as they host Modesto Christian on Friday night, Oct. 10 for Homecoming.
“They may be the front runner in the TVL. They have low numbers but are very fast and big,” Oliver said of the Crusaders. “We will have our hands full but we are hoping to build off our victory. Our players have a lot of courage and a never quit attitude.”
The Lady Bruins varsity volleyball team posted two losses this past week, hosting Gustine’s Lady Redskins, falling in three, 18-25, 16-25 and 19-25 on Tuesday, Sept. 30, and then traveling across the river to Escalon’s Lady Cougars on Wednesday. There, it was the Trans-Valley League opener for both teams and was another 3-0 loss, this time with scores of 8-25, 15-25 and 16-25.
Stats for the league game include: aces, Maria Quintero 3; assists, Sierra Nabors 4; kills, Sierra Nabors 5; blocks, Alicia Gonzalez 3; digs, Brianna Allen 6.
“We play Ripon at Ripon on Monday (Oct. 6) and Modesto Christian at home Wednesday (Oct. 8) this week,” said varsity coach Lisa Haskins.
The JV girls hosted the Stone Ridge Christian Knights of Merced, winning 2-0 on Monday, Sept. 29 before falling at Escalon. They are scheduled to host Modesto Christian today.
Riverbank golfers were scheduled to host Gustine on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Escalon Golf Course and Mountain House on Thursday, Oct. 9.