RCHS: so close to being 2-0

The Raiders take the field (photo by Karina Bueno, RCHS Journalism program)


By Larry Langford
RCHS Football Media Liaison

When River City upgraded their football schedule last year, they were very much aware of the challenges ahead. Despite a spirited effort last Friday evening at Raider Stadium, River City dropped another nail-biter to a quality opponent, losing 17-14 to the Yuba City Honkers. It was a difficult loss for the Raiders,who lost their opener to Christian Brothers by the same margin.

Yuba City led 14-0 at the half. River City would have been down 21-0 except for a determined goal-line stand by the defense to end the second quarter. The defense struck again early in the third quarter. Defensive end Junior Chean forced a fumble and returned it 8 yards for a touchdown, narrowing the score to 14-7. Yuba City stretched the lead to 17-7 with a field goal before the Raider offense put together its best drive of the evening. Jamal Williams provided some strong running to move the ball into scoring position.

Wide receiver Malik Dumetz got loose in the end zone for a 7yd touchdown pass from Elijiah Thomas. Vincent Chelini’s extra point drew the Raiders to within 17-14 with over four minutes remaining in the game. However, the Raider defense was unable to force a punt, and the Honkers ran out the clock to preserve the victory.

Once again, the Raiders were their own worst enemies. Turnovers and penalties continue to halt promising drives and keep River City out of the end zone. Head Coach Steve DaPrato was frustated with the mistakes:

“Except for a fumble here and a penalty there, we could be 2-0. We have got to fix this! We hadn’t shown a propensity for these types of errors previously.”

The Raider defense was led by Safety Artis Jackson, Junior Chean, Outside Linebacker Antonio Perea, Middle Linebacker Andrew Dutra and Tackle Maurice Rodriguez.

This Friday, River City will try to get into the “win” column during an “away” game against Argonaut High.

RCHS coaches & players on the sidelines in Friday's game against Yuba City (photo by Karina Bueno, RCHS Journalism program)

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