Riverbank’s Bruin varsity and JV football teams were on the road this past week, each appearing at a different school, with different opponents.
The JV Bruins played on Thursday at Johansen High School, against the Enochs Eagles JV team. No scores have been reported but the Riverbank team was said to have lost.
The varsity football Bruins, meanwhile, tallied a 47-27 win.
According to Varsity Head Coach Kit Jory, the varsity game against Turlock Christian started out slowly, “with our stifling defensive line holding TC’s running game in check.”
On the opposite side of the line, the Bruins looked to find their rhythm.
“Our offense looked effective and moved the ball efficiently,” Jory said.
Two dropped snaps led to turnovers, though, he said. The first quarter ended with a 0-0 tie.
“The Eagles took to the air,” Jory said, scoring first.
“Chris Certuche and Carlos Villapudua each found the end zone as we pushed back and forth,” the coach added.
At the end of the first half, the Bruins held on to a 19-14 lead, Jory reported.
He said the lead changed hands several times in the second half, with TC leading 27-25 at the start of the fourth quarter.
“Then we turned up the pressure and clicked on all cylinders on offense, ripping off 22 unanswered points,” Jory noted.
The coach had accolades for several of his players.
QB Jalen Spikes threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, he said. Certuche scored two TDs with 156 yards rushing and Villapudua also scored two TDs with 165 yards receiving.
The coach also praised Dayton Wey and Allen Brown. Both scored rushing TDs while sharing the workload at running back and middle linebacker.
“We have found some great things to build on on both sides of the ball, and plenty to fix,” Jory explained. “Unfortunately, we lost another player for the season due to injury. Ivan Vega went out during practice this week with a dislocated hip.”
On top of that, Ivan Cebreros was knocked out for the season with a broken collarbone he got returning a kick Friday night against Turlock Christian.
“Both are juniors, and we are planning on full recoveries and their return to the field next season,” the coach said.
This week, the Bruins are on the road again, with both varsity and junior varsity uniting to take on Millennium High School in Tracy.
It will be the JV team’s final game of the season, starting at 5:30 p.m.
The varsity game is set for 7 p.m.
Looking ahead, Riverbank will celebrate Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 7, hosting Brookside Christian High School from Stockton.
RHS volleyball squads traveled to Hughson last Tuesday, Sept. 20, but came away with a three-game defeat, losing 17-25, 24-26, 11-25.
The had a bye on Thursday, but were scheduled to play at home again yesterday, Sept. 27, against Ripon, then host Modesto Christian tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 29.
Next week, they’re slated to have league contests on the road both Tuesday and Thursday.
After having a bit of a breather, the Bruins will be back at it today. Riverbank Cross Country runners are scheduled to compete at the second Trans-Valley League meet today, Wednesday, Sept. 28 in Modesto at 3 p.m.