The Bruin varsity football team visited the Amador High School Buffaloes this past Friday, with disappointing results. The final score was 55-7 in favor of the home team.
RHS Coach Kit Jory said his team has dwindled to just 15 players, with three out due to injuries. Of those who played, he said, four were playing through lingering injuries themselves. He said that Amador flexed its muscles, putting on quite a show for their own Homecoming.
“They did not let up, showing no mercy as they piled on the points,” Jory said.
The Buffaloes scored with drives made up of long runs and had the lead, 41-0, at the half.
The first-year Bruin coach said his staff made a few adjustments at halftime with the limited personnel they had on hand. He said the Bruins were able to hold the Buffaloes to just 14 more points in the second half while they added a touchdown and extra point of their own.
He said the touchdown was scored on a long drive, set up by David Hickman on a pass across the middle from quarterback Jalen Spikes, ending up on the 4-yard line. Spikes finished the drive by throwing a pass to tight end Alex Mora.
Mora put the cherry on top of the Riverbank score by kicking the extra point, according to Jory.
He did report that linebacker and running back Julian Montoya went down to injury in the third quarter. Jory said he was transported to Amador Sutter Hospital for treatment. When coaching staff, cheerleaders and principal Sean Richey stopped by the hospital after the game, they found that he had been released with no serious neck injury, just a shoulder muscle injury, Jory reported.
The coach said the game ended with several long Bruin passes putting the team in position to score again, but with only four seconds on the clock, he took a time out and set up a field goal attempt. Alex Mora lined up for the 52-yard attempt. He said the kick had enough distance but missed just a few yards to the right.
At the end of the game, it was 57-7, Buffaloes, on the scoreboard.
“Given our limited roster numbers and multiple injuries, the boys played with extreme heart and effort,” Jory said. “We will be on the mend as we look to travel to (face) Section champ Stone Ridge Christian next week.”
The Bruins will travel to Atwater for the 7 p.m. contest on Friday, Oct. 16.
Lady Bruin Volleyball
RHS girls volleyball continued over the past week, with a game on Monday, Oct. 5, at Ripon, followed by a home game on Wednesday, Oct. 7, against the Modesto Christian Lady Crusaders.
The Lady Bruins lost their match at Ripon, but did much better against MC. They played more fiercely than before and kept each game of the match close.
The first game saw RHS finish on the losing side of the close 23-25 score. The second game was even more intense, but the Lady Bruins pushed through, coming out on top with a 26-24 win. Volleyball teams must win games by two points. This second game saw the score see-saw back and forth throughout, with tie scores coming on nearly every other point.
Riverbank also fought hard in the third game, but came up short, 21-25. In the fourth game, energy waned and the Lady Bruins finished short on a 10-25 final tally.
This week, the girls were to travel to Hilmar on Monday, Oct. 12, and to Escalon on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
For the rest of the volleyball season, only two more home matches remain. On Monday, Oct. 19, Riverbank is to host Mountain House, and on Wednesday, Oct. 28, they host Ripon, for Senior Night at the Ray Fauria Gymnasium.
They finish the 2015 season on the road at the home court of the Lady Crusaders of Modesto Christian.
Bruin soccer had a week between scheduled games last Tuesday and the week before, but the Oct. 6 home game against Modesto Christian was canceled due to MC no longer fielding a soccer team. Also, no scores have been reported for the match at Hilmar on Thursday, Oct. 8.
RHS was to travel to Escalon to take on the Cougars on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and are to host the Mountain House Mustangs tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 15.
The Bruins have only one more home game, against Ripon, on Tuesday, Oct. 27. That will be celebrated as Senior Night, as well.