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Footballers Fall Short On Homecoming
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Riverbanks Dominic Jack celebrates his long touchdown run against Delhi. - photo by IKE DODSON/THE NEWS


A 62-yard touchdown dash from sophomore Tim Brown and a 36-yard option touchdown from Dominic Jack was enough to electrify a Homecoming crowd on Friday, Sept. 13, but host Riverbank High saw three players (junior varsity and varsity) depart the field with broken bones and dropped a 28-12 varsity decision.

The JV won 21-16 after two touchdowns by I.B. White and a score by Chris Certuche, but broken collarbones to two different players put a somber mood on the affair.

Varsity followed with a 22-16 deficit at the half, but took a big hit when Jack broke his fibula in the third quarter. Delhi would score six points in the final period while Riverbank mourned the absence of their most influential playmaker.

“When Dominic went down, the morale kind of went down a bit,” Riverbank coach James Oliver, Jack’s uncle, said. “He’s probably not going to come back this season, and now we have got to get someone else to step up.

“We have to step up as a staff as well.”

Jack still led Riverbank with 118 total yards (87 rushing, 20 receiving and 11 yards on a punt return). Brown managed 68 on the ground while Bobby Campbell caught four passes for 61 yards. Bruin quarterback Freddie Capas was 9-for-21 for 122 yards with two interceptions.

This week, the Bruins will host Linden (56-12 loss to Escalon on Sept. 13) in a non-league contest, the final one before TVL play starts on Friday, Sept. 27.

In the league opener, Riverbank will host Orestimba with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.