It was a week of Homecoming activities on the Riverbank High School campus, leading up to a pair of football games on Friday.
First was an exciting junior varsity contest that saw the young Bruins hosting Enochs High School’s freshman team. Coaches said there are only four sophomores on the Bruin JV team, and many of the schools on the varsity schedule do not field JV teams.
Riverbank battled to a tie with the Little Eagles, finishing with a 6-6 final.
The contest saw host Riverbank scoring last, but they missed a point after attempt because of a kicking attempt that was too deep, digging up grass and the kicking pad, along with the ball. As a result, it wasn’t airborne enough to get anywhere near the crossbar on the goal post.
The Bruin varsity played a bit of an extended game on Friday evening, interrupted by the halftime crowning of the 2017 Homecoming Queen and King on the field.
Down only 14-0 at the half, with a 27-0 deficit posted by the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Bruins were able to get on the scoreboard with about 9:30 left in the game, with a touchdown and a 2-point conversion leaving a 34-8 final score.
The Bruins next meet the Millennium High School Eagles of Tracy at home on the Angelo Novi Field.
Lady Bruin Volleyball
A slight mix-up in scheduling saw Hughson’s Lady Huskies coming to Riverbank last Tuesday instead of Riverbank having to travel.
The JV Lady Bruins split their first two games, taking the second one, 25-23, forcing a third, tie-breaking game. JV teams play best of three game matches.
Riverbank’s JV fought to stay close, within one or two points during the game and many times tied, but they ended up dropping the game, 11-15 and therefore the match, losing two games to one.
The varsity Lady Bruins, however, didn’t do as well. They dropped their first game, 7-25, to Hughson, then just 2-25 in the second. They went down in the third, 9-25, to lose to the visiting team by a 3-0 margin.
On Thursday last week, both teams had a bye scheduled but were to be back in action to travel to Ripon on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Thursday, Sept. 28, they’re set to go to Modesto Christian before returning home on Oct. 3 to host Hilmar.
There are only four home games remaining on the Lady Bruin volleyball schedule.