Ju­nior Bruin Youth Foot­ball Wins Two Against Sal­ida

Riverbank News - - SPORTS - BY RIC McGIN­NIS

De­spite the ther­mome­ter com­ing nowhere near 100 de­grees, it was still a warm, sunny Satur­day as the Jr. Bru­ins youth foot­ball teams hosted the Steeler-Jags from Sal­ida on Sept. 8. Un­for­tu­nately, the visi­tors left af­ter put­ting three of the five games played in their win col­umn.

The first three games were dis­ap­point­ing to the home fans, with the Fu­tures go­ing down 20-13, the Starts get­ting blanked, 27-0 and the Rook­ies also shut out, 20-0 by the visi­tors.

The fi­nal two games, how­ever, were on the plus side: the JV team fought hard to come back with an 8-6 win af­ter be­ing down 6-0 at the half.

The Var­sity Jr. Bru­ins put their stamp on the day with a con­vinc­ing 42-12 vic­tory over Sal­ida.

Next week, River­bank trav­els to Ceres to take on the Jr. Bull­dogs, be­fore re­turn­ing home to the RHS foot­ball field to host the Jr. Pride of Tur­lock. An­other home game fol­lows the next week.

The new age-level team this year, the Fu­tures, in- cludes 5- and 6-year-olds, mak­ing five lev­els of play for the Ju­nior Bruin teams.

The other lev­els in­clude the Starts, 7- and 8-yearolds; the Rook­ies, the 9- and 10-year-olds. The JVs are 11and 12-year-olds; with the Var­sity Ju­nior Bru­ins be­ing 13- and 14-year-olds.

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River­bank’s Ro­nan French, 58, grabs an in­ter­cep­tion early in the sec­ond quar­ter of Jr. Bruin JV foot­ball ac­tion on Satur­day, Sept. 8 at the RHS sta­dium. The home team fought back to win a close one, 8-6.

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Jr. Bruin de­fend­ers Ry­der Wil­liams, 20, Alexan­der Nis­pero, 2, and KaVon­tae Montgomery, 72, bring down a Sal­ida run­ner near the end of the first half of Ju­nior Var­sity play on Satur­day, Sept. 8.

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