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Knights Avenge Last Season's Loss To Bruins
A season ago the Riverbank Bruins did just about everything right and sent the Ripon Christian Knights home with a hard-to-swallow Trans-Valley League loss and the Knights never forgot. They capitalized on the chance for revenge, destroying the Bruins in a 52-13 victory on Friday, Oct. 24 in Ripon. The Bruins had no answer for a rejuvenated Ripon Christian squad that has made a complete turnaround from a season ago. Ripon Christian jumped out on the Bruins with three first quarter touchdowns, taking a 19-6 lead into the second quarter.

The Bruins watched as Ripon Christian scored twice in four minutes to set the tone for the evening. Riverbank did find a reason to celebrate when Donovan Wallace made his impact felt on another highlight kickoff return. After the Knights struck for their second score with 3:19 remaining in the first quarter, Wallace silenced the Ripon Christian crowd with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

The touchdown return seemingly ignited a Bruin team that had no plans of letting the Knights off easy, but Will Heersink shoved the Knights back in cruise control with his second score of the quarter, a 36-yard touchdown gallop.

Riverbank would go on to add another score late in the second quarter, but it would not be enough as the Knights added four more touchdowns to keep things out of reach.

The Bruins' struggles came on the defensive end, as the squad surrendered over 400 yards of total offense and only came away with a single turnover. Offensively, Riverbank got another solid performance from Wallace, who paced the squad with 64 yards on the ground and another 24 yards in the air on a pass completion to Andrew Franco. Jose Moreno continued to have a strong season along the tough TVL schedule, providing the Bruins with an all out effort on his way to another two blocked PATs.

Riverbank will have to push the TVL loss out of its system immediately as the Escalon Cougars will be waiting on the Bruins in a Thursday night game, Oct. 30 at Escalon High. The Cougars are coming off a hard-fought 20-6 win over the Hughson Huskies and will not be taking the contest lightly, looking to keep their unbeaten streak alive.

The squads are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. kickoff. There will be no JV game preceding it, however, as the Bruins have folded up their JV squad for the season.