Ju­nior Bruin Var­sity Pulls Out Win For Home­com­ing

Riverbank News - - SPORTS - BY RIC McGINNIS

River­bank’s Youth Foot­ball teams had a hard day of it this past Satur­day, but the Ju­nior Bruin var­sity team was able to nail down a win in their game, to cap their last home game of the sea­son. The game was also their Home­com­ing cel­e­bra­tion, with a theme of those ‘Oldies but Good­ies.’

The bad news first: all the other River­bank Jr. Bruin teams suf­fered de­feats in their Satur­day con­tests.

The Fu­tures lost 38-7; the Starts fell by a 40-6 de­ci­sion; the Rook­ies lost by a 33-6 fi­nal and the JV team was shut out, 46-0.

At the var­sity level, the Jr. Bruin team bat­tled to an 1813 vic­tory.

The vis­it­ing var­sity El Cap- itan Gau­chos, from Merced/ At­wa­ter, were first on the board, with about five min­utes left in the first quar­ter, but a missed ex­tra point left it just 6-0 un­til the se­cond quar­ter.

A long scam­per down the near side­line, by run­ning back Jor­dan Pi­cho, 4, put River­bank close to the goal line, with quar­ter­back John Wal­lace push­ing it through the mid­dle from about five yards out for the touch­down. A failed PAT at­tempt left the score 6-6 at with 2:50 left in the half, and it ended the same way.

A touch­down and missed PAT in the third quar­ter put the Jr. Bru­ins ahead 12-6.

Jonathan Haggerty put the fi­nal River­bank points on the board with a solid run through the mid­dle with about seven min­utes left in the game, but the Gau­chos fought back with seven points of their own to­wards the end, but it was too lit­tle, too late. The Jr. Bruin de­fense pushed them back re­peat­edly, forc­ing a loss of pos­ses­sion af­ter a pass from 20 yards be­hind the orig­i­nal line of scrim­mage was con­tained.

The fi­nal score was 1813 River­bank, putting the ‘Good’ in ‘Oldies but Good­ies’ theme for Home­com­ing.

River­bank fin­ishes up the youth foot­ball sea­son on the road at Lodi next Satur­day, Oct. 28, then it could be on to the play­offs for some of the teams, of­fi­cials said.

As part of the Home­com­ing cel­e­bra­tion, there was a corona­tion. Kayci Blevins and John Wal­lace, re­spec­tively, were named var­sity Home­com­ing Queen and King.

NEWS PHO­TOS BY RIC MCGINNIS

River­bank de­fend­ers sur­round the Gau­cho quar­ter­back, prevent­ing a long fourth down con­ver­sion to­ward the end of the fi­nal home game of the sea­son on Satur­day. The Jr. Bruin var­sity posted an 18-13 win over the vis­it­ing El Cap­i­tan team.

Jr. Bruin var­sity cheer­leader Kayci Blevins and quar­ter­back John Wal­lace were named as Home­com­ing Queen and King at Satur­day night’s fi­nal home game of the youth foot­ball sea­son at River­bank High School.

River­bank’s Jonathan Haggerty, 24, car­ries the ball up the mid­dle for an­other touch­down, this one in the fourth quar­ter, in var­sity Jr. Bruin youth foot­ball ac­tion on Satur­day, Oct. 21. They won their fi­nal home game of the sea­son, 18-13, against a team from At­wa­ter/Merced.

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