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RHS Football Sees Its Final Contest, Winter Sports Await
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Senior Elijah Castellanos carries the ball as offensive linemen block against Mira Loma in the first quarter of varsity football in the RHS stadium on Friday, Oct. 27. The game was the last of the season, and also would be the final competition in the high school careers of graduating seniors. Ric McGinnis/The News

Celebrating Senior Night on Friday, Riverbank High football players hosted the last game of the 2023 season on Oct. 27.

Riverbank took on Mira Loma from Sacramento, with just a varsity game this past week. It was a non-league match up, like all Bruin games this year, as the locals were in an independent league designation this year.

RHS football is on its way to a new league assignment for next year, according to the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees high school football in the state. The CIF typically holds its reorganization moves every four years, so it’s ahead for 2024 for football.

The Bruins were able to score touchdowns in each of the first two quarters on Friday at Angelo Novi Field, staying ahead of the Matadors, 14-8, by halftime. However, near the end of the fourth quarter, the visitors got back into the end zone, finishing on top with a 16-14 final score.


Senior Night

Ahead of the game on Friday, seniors and their families were introduced to the crowd. This included 17 names of football players and senior members of the cheer squad. Also introduced were 15 senior members of the Bruin Marching Band along with the RHS Flag Team.

At halftime, senior cheerleaders performed on their own to recorded music, then the marching band and flag team made a rare march all the way around the stadium on the all-weather track, before resuming their spot in the grandstand for the remainder of the game. In the past, the pep band has usually finished at the end of the half of home games, being dismissed in the third quarter.

The game marked the last competition in the high school careers of RHS graduating seniors in all those organizations, though the cheer squad is expected to return to the court for the 2023-24 basketball season.


2023 Seasons End

Lady Bruin fall seasons concluded the week before, both girls volleyball and girls golf. On the links, two RHS golfers were to compete in the post season.

Mahaila Guzman and Desirae Vargas were to play on Monday this week in the Division 5 Section Tournament in Manteca.  Mahaila and Desirae also made second team All-League for the Trans-Valley League, according to Coach Ismael Mercado.


And schedules for winter sports were expected to begin being released this week, with practices for those teams also getting underway.

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The Bruin defense pressures Mira Loma in the first half of varsity football action on the home field on Friday, Oct. 27. Senior Kaydon Brawley, 40, thwarts the Matador QB’s passing attempt. Riverbank had the lead at halftime, but the Sacramento team scored late in the non-league game to take a 16-14 victory. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Riverbank running back Jeremiah Cooper, 33, takes a hand off in the second quarter of varsity football play at home on Friday, Oct. 27. Cooper ended his season with more than 1000 yards rushing, and, with other seniors, closed out their high school careers with the non-league game. Ric McGinnis/The News