Foot­ball Bru­ins Bat­tle Through Heat But Fall Short

Riverbank News - - SPORTS - BY RIC McGINNIS

The Bruin foot­ball team faced high tem­per­a­tures at game time on Fri­day evening, but fought back to keep the game close. In the end, they came up short af­ter a hard fought bat­tle.

On the same day that San Fran­cisco set an all-time high tem­per­a­ture record well over 100, the RHS foot­ball play­ers took the field that evening to read­ings of 100-plus de­grees here as well.

Heat and Air Qual­ity warn­ings for the week­end were posted up and down the state, with high schools sports pro­grams in the Sacra­mento area scram­bling to resched­ule their foot­ball games last week. Many cam­puses have sta­di­ums with­out lights, with game play held in the day­time. Last week, Sacra­mento teams shared sched­ules on lighted fields, with some play mov­ing to Thurs­day night while some games pushed back their start times to fight the heat and the smoky con­di­tions.

In River­bank, there was no JV foot­ball game sched­uled for Fri­day, so the Bruin var­sity went with a 7 p.m. start. They faced the Wolves of West­ern Sierra Col­le­giate Academy from Rock­lin.

De­spite be­ing down 2714 at the end of the first quar­ter and 40-28 at the half, the host Bru­ins closed the gap, down by just 4035 at the end of the third quar­ter. They con­tin­ued to bat­tle and fought back to get within three points with about 7:30 re­main­ing in the fourth quar­ter. A score by the Wolves with about one minute left put the game out of reach. The Bru­ins ul­ti­mately fell, 5950.

This week, River­bank hosts Stone Ridge Chris­tian High School from Merced, for a third home game in a row on Fri­day, Sept. 8 with JV game time set for 5:30 p.m., var­sity at 7:30 p.m. Tem­per­a­tures at the end of the week are fore­cast to be in the up­per 80s to low 90s, a wel­come re­prieve from the re­cent triple digit heat.

Vol­ley­ball Sea­son Be­gins

Also this past week, Lady Bruin vol­ley­ball got un­der­way for the 2017 sea­son, with a loss at the Foun­da­tion Game in Ceres on Mon­day, Aug. 28, then they fell in a 3-0 loss to Lib­erty Ranch in Galt on Tues­day, Aug. 29.

The next day, River­bank met Arg­onaut High School’s Lady Mus­tangs for their first home play of the sea­son. They went down 17-25 in the first game be­fore com­ing back with a 25-17 win in the sec­ond. They then bat­tled in a 2426 loss in the third game, but were downed 25-17 again in the fourth, fall­ing 3-1 in match play.

RHS var­sity girls kept up a hec­tic pace, but lost at Grace M. Davis High School in Modesto last Thurs­day. They took the host team the full five games be­fore fall­ing by a 3-2 fi­nal.

Fol­low­ing the Mon­day hol­i­day this week, the Lady Bru­ins were to travel to Sut­ter Creek to take on Amador High on Tues­day, Sept. 5, then to Downey High School in Modesto to­day, Sept. 6. To­mor­row, they’re set to host Delhi High School.

Cross Coun­try

Fi­nally get­ting their league sea­son off and run­ning, the Bruin cross coun­try team is sched­uled to com­pete in the first Trans-Val­ley League meet at Tuolumne Re­gional Park in Modesto to­day, Wed­nes­day, Sept. 6.

NEWS PHO­TOS BY RIC MCGINNIS

RIGHT: Lady Bruin Alysia Beecroft, 12, lines up a pass to a team­mate in last Wed­nes­day’s home var­sity vol­ley­ball game against Arg­onaut. River­bank came up on the short side of the match, los­ing 3-1.

Var­sity of­fen­sive line­men Car­los Gon­za­lez, 70, and Jorge Rios, 72, pro­tect the pocket dur­ing the ball ex­change dur­ing a run­ning play. The run was suc­cess­ful, mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant gain to­ward the Bru­ins’ next touch­down in a 59-50 home loss on Fri­day night.

NEWS PHO­TOS BY RIC MCGINNIS

River­bank’s Nathan Ala­nis, 24, grinds out some pos­i­tive yardage late in Fri­day’s home var­sity foot­ball game against Sierra Academy. At one point, River­bank had pulled to within three points of the Wolves, but ul­ti­mately, the Bru­ins came up short, 59-50.

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