Foot­ball Bru­ins Win On The Road, Vol­ley­ball Girls Bat­tle

Riverbank News - - SPORTS - BY RIC McGINNIS

This past week, Bruin foot­ball was again on the road, for their sec­ond game of the sea­son. Again, they brought home a vic­tory, this time, over Delta High School of Clarks­burg.

As var­sity coach Kit Jory said, “It was a hard fought, very de­fen­sive game. While both of­fenses man­aged to move the ball, both de­fenses were stingy in the red zone.”

The Bru­ins at­tempted a 38yard field goal but it fell short and the first quar­ter ended 0-0.

“Our de­fense held Delta out of the end zone, de­fend­ing from the first and goal sit­u­a­tion down to the fourth down where they fi­nally struck first,” Jory added, end­ing the half with a 22-yard field goal, with the score 3-0 in fa­vor of Delta.

Af­ter some cru­cial half­time ad­just­ments, both on of­fense and de­fense, the Bru­ins started to click.

“We man­aged to sus­tain a solid drive to start the third quar­ter. Bryce Martin took a quar­ter­back sneak up the mid­dle for the first TD of the day,” Jory said.

The ex­tra point at­tempt was kicked through the up­rights by Igor Ven­treschi.

“Lead­ing 7-3 go­ing into the fourth quar­ter, the coaches knew we were go­ing to need a big stop to seal the win,” Jory said. “It came when Delta at­tempted to con­vert a cru­cial fourth and six at mid­field with a swing pass and our de­fense flocked to the ball to pro­duce a four-yard tackle for a loss.”

From there, the Bruin var­sity was able to me­thod­i­cally chew up the clock on every down as they drove down the field.

A de­signed QB run to the house by Martin re­sulted in a 20-yard scor­ing strike with just over a minute to go in the game, Ven­treschi again adding the point af­ter.

“Our de­fense man­aged one more de­fen­sive stand to get the ball back to our start­ing O. This al­lowed us to take a few quick knees in vic­tory for­ma­tion to seal the win, 14-3,” Jory con­cluded.

The Bru­ins next play at home on Fri­day, Aug. 31, wel­com­ing the Rite of Pas­sage team from San An­dreas. Game times are 5:30 p.m. for the JV team and 7:30 p.m. for var­sity.

Girls Vol­ley­ball

The girls of River­bank High var­sity vol­ley­ball kicked out the cob­webs with their first com­pe­ti­tion of the 2018 sea­son on Mon­day, Aug. 20, with the an­nual Foun­da­tion Game. They wel­comed the Lady Vik­ings from Jo­hansen High School in Modesto.

The Foun­da­tion Games are Sec­tion-wide vol­ley­ball matches that are played to raise money for Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion schol­ar­ships awarded at the end of the school year. They don’t count in the stand­ings.

The Lady Bru­ins lost the match to JHS, in three games — 25-22, 25-16, and 25-20.

On Tues­day, Aug. 21, they played Arg­onaut, but no scores were re­ported. The next day, they played at Downey, los­ing 3-0 to the Lady Knights — 25-12, 25-21, and 26-24.

This week, they were sched­uled to be pretty busy, with three straight home matches. They were to play Gus­tine on Mon­day, Grace Davis of Modesto on Tues­day and were sched­uled to host Ceres on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 29.

They next match also will be at home, on Tues­day, Sept. 4 against Modesto Chris­tian, to be­gin the Trans-Val­ley League sea­son.

Girls Golf

The Lady Bru­ins were sched­uled to play at Ripon Chris­tian on Tues­day, Aug. 21, but no re­sults have been re­ported.

This week, the team was to host Liv­ingston on Tues­day and was to travel to Tracy for a match on Aug. 29.

NEWS PHO­TOS BY RIC MCGINNIS

Mikayla Ma­cias, 24, at­tempts a point in the sec­ond game of var­sity girls vol­ley­ball ac­tion on Mon­day, Aug. 20, on the home court. It was the open­ing match of the 2018 sea­son, with River­bank host­ing Jo­hansen High’s Lady Vik­ings in a fundrais­ing match called the Foun­da­tion Game, un­der the aus­pices of the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion of the Cal­i­for­nia In­ter­scholas­tic Fed­er­a­tion, rais­ing money for this year’s schol­ar­ships.

Lady Bruin Arieli Zamora, 2, sets up the vol­ley­ball to team­mates in the front row, near­est the net in a var­sity girls match at home against Jo­hansen High on Mon­day, Aug. 20.

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