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Bruins Head To Hilmar For Friday Night Battle
Shown during action earlier this season, Bruin wide receiver Luckie Cordova fights for a pass near the end of a Riverbank High School game when the team hosted Delhi. The Bruins had last week off but this week travel to Hilmar for TVL play. - photo by Ric McGinnis/The News

After having their bye week in Trans-Valley League play early, the Riverbank Bruins will be back in action this week.

The squad has the tough task of heading out on the road for a game at Hilmar, taking on the Yellowjackets in their Homecoming game.

Hilmar is coming off a 49-6 win over Orestimba and already owns a 30-0 shutout of Modesto Christian in league play as well.

Riverbank started the TVL campaign off with a 47-33 loss to Orestimba on Sept. 27, then had a bye on Oct. 4.

The Yellowjackets are buzzing along their TVL schedule, looking to be among the top teams and qualify for the playoffs.

Riverbank, which had a promising preseason, lost major offensive force Dominic Jack during a Homecoming game loss and has been working to find a new set of weapons.

Quarterback Freddie Capas has been averaging about 80 yards passing per game, while Hilmar’s Jonathan O’Brien comes in with an average of 149 yards passing per game. The running game for Hilmar rests primarily with Bailey Gomes, averaging 60 yards a game.

Fabian Arana leads the Riverbank defensive corps and is often in double digit tackles.

But the Homecoming crowd in Hilmar will be ready for a win, and the Bruins will need to put together four strong quarters of football to keep from feeling the sting of the Yellowjacket squad.

Kickoff is about 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.