FROM DE’ONNA JACK
SEPT 21, 2011
The River City High School football teams faced Sacramento High School on Friday in a home game. Both the Raider junior varsity and varsity squads won.
In the J.V. game, Jamal Williams scored the first touchdown for the Raiders with a 75 yard punt return, and the team never really looked back. The Raiders defense only gave up six points to the Dragons and routed them by a final 42-6.
The rest of the Raiders touchdowns came from Alex Morales’s 20-yard TD, Aaron Tyson’s 26 yard TD, Kevin Burkes’s 22-yard TD and Elijah Thomas, with a 2 yard TD.
In the varsity match, River City broke open a 7-7 game with three second-half touchdowns to beat the visiting Sacramento High School Dragons by a score of 28-7.
The win was the third in a row for a Raider team that appears poised for a playoff run. The second half was perhaps River City’s finest of the season as they excelled in all facets of the game. Halfback Uriah Clark punished the Dragons rushing for 142 yards on 24 carries, scoring two touchdowns, despite a knee injury. Quarterback Joey Beall threw for 139 yards including a game sealing 53-yard TD toss to sophomore Malik Dumetz, who had 73 receiving yards.
The River City defense was superb all evening. A relentless pass rush forced four turnovers and consistently thwarted Dragon comeback attempts. Orlander Drake, Artis Jackson and Adam Tyson all came up with key interceptions, and Tyson added a fumble recovery.
Head Coach Art Bustamante was excited about the possibilities:
“We have proven to be our own worst enemy when we’ve struggled this season,” said Bustamante. We displayed the type of play we are capable of in the second half tonight. That was an example of “Raider Football”. If we can build on that, and eliminate the mental mistakes, I think we have an opportunity to play with anybody.”
The teams will be back at home again on Friday, September 23, 2011 “Homecoming” against El Dorado.
(Editor’s note: The News-Ledger omitted an important stat last week from a summary of the Raiders’ game of Sept. 9. The leading rusher for RCHS in that game was Uriah Clark, with 78 yards. The News-Ledger apologizes for the omission.)
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