The football team facing a unique opponent promised to be a highlight of the RHS sports week, but it ultimately left Bruin varsity fans disappointed at the end of the day on Friday.
A team representing an interesting Bay Area school came to the Angelo Novi Stadium, as Riverbank hosted the California School for the Deaf, from Fremont. The Eagles brought a smooth-running offense and organized defense to play, and went back home with a convincing win.
Riverbank came away on the short side of the 62-14 score, crossing the goal line once each in the third and fourth quarters.
The Eagles showed a different team face than the Bruins were used to. CSD would come up to their offensive line, get down in position, then all stand up at the same time and look toward the coaches on the sidelines. Play selection would be ‘signed’ to the team, then they would reset and get to the business of football.
That contrasted with the usual cacophony on the hometown side of the field, where three or four coaches are yelling instructions to different players at the same time, between downs.
California School for the Deaf will be playing other schools for the deaf in the upcoming season, including one in Riverside CA, and at the Mississippi School for the Deaf in Jackson MS.
Including the Riverbank game, the Eagles have scored three wins and with one loss so far on the season.
Riverbank’s varsity next travels south to take on Turlock Christian High School, also the Eagles. Since there is no JV game, the Bruin contest kicks off at 7 p.m.
The junior varsity Bruins team played Big Valley in the early game on Friday night, since CSD doesn’t field a JV squad.
The younger Bruins also came up short in their contest, losing by a 34-14 final score.
The JV team is next scheduled to play Enochs High School on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the field at Johansen High School. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
As Trans-Valley League girls volleyball action began this past week, RHS lost in three straight games, 10-25, 14-25, and 21-25, against the visiting Mountain House Lady Mustangs on Thursday, Sept. 15.
Earlier in the week, they were on the road to open up TVL play at Escalon and fell in that contest by a 3-0 final as well, 20-25, 12-25, 13-25. The JV Lady Bruins fell to Escalon in straight sets, 12-25, 12-25.
This week, the volleyball girls were scheduled to play at Hughson yesterday, and have a bye for tomorrow, Sept. 22.
Their next home game will be on Tuesday, Sept. 27, hosting Ripon, while Modesto Christian is set to come to town on Thursday, Sept. 29.
RHS Lady Bruin golfers were to have hosted Mountain House yesterday, Sept. 20 at the Escalon golf course after The News went to press and are set to travel to Hughson tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 22 for a league match.