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Homecoming Football Games Finish Spirit Week At RHS
De'Ondrey Davis
Workhorse De’Ondrey Davis, 4, gets an early start on gaining yardage in the first quarter of last Friday’s Homecoming football game. The Bruins scored better than they have in any game so far, but went down to the Hughson Huskies, 46-23. RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS

After a busy Spirit Week on the Riverbank High School campus this past week, the Homecoming Game celebrated a new king and queen while varsity football continued to improve its point production.


Homecoming Bruin Football

Spirits were high at the varsity game on Friday, Oct. 4, and it ended up showing up on the scoreboard, with Riverbank making its highest tally of the 2019 Trans-Valley League season. The contest included several impressive touchdown drives including a 60+yard scamper by senior fullback Nathan Alanis early in the third quarter. Ultimately, however, the Bruins were doubled up by the visiting Hughson Huskies, 46-23.

Scoring was spread out across the team and throughout the game, with the Bruins tallying touchdowns in three of the four quarters in the contest.

They scored a touchdown but no extra point to end the second frame with points on the board. The long touchdown run by Alanis came on the first play of the third quarter, along with a PAT. A field goal, also in the third quarter, by kicker Margarito Capetillo, left the Bruins with 16 points on the board by the start of the fourth quarter.

Their final score came with just seconds remaining in the game, when sometimes quarterback, sometimes receiver Easton Gutierrez hauled in a pass from Bryce Martin, inside the 10 yard line. Two plays later, Martin pushed across the goal line, totaling 23 points for the Bruins.

Unfortunately, the Huskies had scored 46 in their part of the game. Still, it was Riverbank’s highest scoring game of the season and gave the crowd on hand for the Homecoming festivities plenty of opportunities to cheer on their team.

The Bruins will travel to Escalon this Friday, Oct. 11 to take on the Cougars.


Lady Bruin Volleyball

Girls volleyball had a bye last Monday and hosted the Lady Crusaders from Modesto Christian High School on Wednesday, Oct. 2. They held on to pull out the 5-set match, 25-17, 20-25, 22-25, 25-15 and 15-6 in Trans-Valley League action.

This week, they were to play away games, at Ripon on Monday, Oct. 7, and at Hughson on Oct. 9.


Girls Golf

The Lady Bruins have two matches at home this week; they were scheduled to host Denair on Tuesday, Oct. 8, and Gustine on Thursday, Oct. 10. Those were their last home matches, played at Escalon Golf Course.