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Riverbank Youth Football Squads Complete Campaign
Riverbanks Giorgio Retana (23) tries to avoid a tackle in the first quarter of the varsity Riverbank Raider Youth Football game on Saturday, Oct. 17. He was running back a kickoff after the visiting Amador County Eagles scored early in the first frame. Ric McGinnis/The News


What began in the heat of summer and sweltering evenings on the practice field ended over this past weekend with a cool breeze wafting over the stands and the playing field of Angelo Novi Memorial Stadium at Riverbank High School.

The Riverbank Raiders youth football season came to a close on Saturday, with a final home game against the Amador County Eagles.

Not having much go their way this season, Riverbank ended in fifth place, just out of contention for the playoffs, although a first round playoff game will be played in Riverbank on Saturday, Oct. 24. Other playoff games will be held at Sonora, Ripon and Hughson that day.

While the Jr. Novice teams, 7- and 8-year-olds, don’t keep score, the Raider Novice team (8- and 10-year-olds), lost 51-6 on Saturday.

The Raider Jr. Varsity 11- and 12-year-olds, lost 26-0 and the Varsity team, including 13- and 14-year-olds, lost 40-6.

Though it was a tough season throughout on the scoreboard, the Raiders teams all played hard each week they took the field.