Bruin Foot­ball Kicks Off Fall Sports Cam­paign

Riverbank News - - SPORTS - BY RIC McGIN­NIS

It’s back this year. Well, the River­bank High School foot­ball pro­gram al­ready got its start for the sea­son, last Satur­day, over in Oak­land.

What’s back is the re­turn of Trans-Val­ley League schools to the Bru­ins’ foot­ball sea­son lineup. Those games will come later in the sea­son.

The var­sity team played the Tro­jan-War­riors of Madi­son Park Academy in a rare, af­ter­noon pre-sea­son game on Aug. 18. And they rolled to an im­pres­sive 51-7 vic­tory.

The line score shows River­bank scor­ing 22 points in the first quar­ter, 13 in the sec­ond, six in the third and 10 points in the fourth frame. Madi­son’s lone score came in the fourth quar­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to coach Kit Jory, “the only thing we lost at this game was the coin toss.”

He cred­ited his kick­off teams’ deep kick into the “cof­fin cor­ner,” stick­ing Madi­son Park’s of­fense back in­side the five-yard line. And he said the Bru­ins’ ini­tial de­fen­sive ef­fort, in­clud­ing team tack­ling on that first snap, pro­vided a fum­ble re­cov­ery in­side that Tro­jan-War­rior five yard line.

“The of­fense took the field,” he said, “and on a sin­gle play, scored, with ju­nior DeOn­dre Davis run­ning up the mid­dle, fol­lowed by se­nior Igor Ven­treschi’s suc­cess­ful ex­tra point kick in his first var­sity foot­ball game ever.”

On the en­su­ing kick­off, the Madi­son re­ceiver was hit by “a River­bank cruise mis­sile wear­ing the num­ber four,” Jory noted. “DeOn­dre Davis took him off his feet mid­field, caus­ing the ball to launch out of his hands and land per­fectly in a Bruin player’s arms.”

For the rest of the day the of­fense took kept the Knights at bay and length­ened the lead with “score af­ter score,” the proud coach re­ported.

“First, ju­nior Bryce Martin con­nected with se­nior Brian Porter on a 20-yard touch­down pass. Then Nate Ala­nis fi­nessed his way into the end zone on a 12-yard run.” Jory ex­plained. “Af­ter a de­fen­sive penalty moved the ball within a yard and a half of the goal line, Martin wan­dered into the end zone for a suc­cess­ful two point con­ver­sion.”

Jory said the de­fense rep­re­sented the heart of River- bank through­out the game by lim­it­ing Madi­son Park to only 13 yards rush­ing and hold­ing them score­less un­til late in the fourth quar­ter, when the host team was fi­nally able to take ad­van­tage of some per­son­nel mis­matches when the Bru­ins went to their bench.

The head coach made a point of giv­ing credit to the rest of his staff:

“We went in with a game plan and ex­e­cuted it safely. The team ac­com­plished ev­ery­thing that we wanted to do as well as work­ing well to­gether and dis­play­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ism, rep­re­sent­ing River­bank’s ath­letic pro­grams ex­tremely well,” said Jory.

The JV Bru­ins have a road game set for Thurs­day, Aug. 23 at Ripon Chris­tian High School in Ripon at 7 p.m.

The next game for the var­sity Bru­ins has them trav­el­ing to Clarks­burg to play Delta High School on Fri­day, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.

Lady Bruin Vol­ley­ball

Girls var­sity vol­ley­ball was set to be­gin with the Foun­da­tion Game on Mon­day, Aug. 20, host­ing Jo­hansen High from Modesto. Tues­day, they were sched­uled to go to Jack­son to take on Arg­onaut High School. Thurs­day, Aug. 23, they’re set to go to Downey High, also in Modesto, con­tin­u­ing the pre­sea­son sched­ule.

Their first home game is on the sched­ule for Mon­day, Aug. 27, when Gus­tine comes to town.

Girls Golf

The Lady Bruin linksters were to travel to Ripon Chris­tian this past Mon­day and to Hil­mar yes­ter­day.

They’re to host Liv­ingston at the Escalon Golf Course on Thurs­day, Aug. 23.

Cross Coun­try

Both boys and girls cross coun­try teams are to be­gin their sea­son on Fri­day, Aug. 24 at the Lodi Flame In­vi­ta­tional.

RIC MCGIN­NIS/THE NEWS

RHS foot­ball line­men train against coaches Fri­day on the sta­dium field. It was the last prac­tice be­fore Satur­day’s first pre-sea­son var­sity game of the sea­son. The JV Bru­ins are sched­uled to play at Ripon Chris­tian on Aug. 23; the var­sity trav­els to Clarks­burg on Fri­day, Aug. 24.

RIC MCGIN­NIS/THE NEWS

Bruin foot­ball play­ers work on of­fen­sive plays at the sta­dium field, pre­par­ing for the first game of the pre­sea­son. On Satur­day, the var­sity trav­eled to Oak­land to take on Madi­son Park Academy and came away with a con­vinc­ing 51-7 win.

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