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FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 2, 2011 —
River City High School’s football team played host to the visiting Cosumnes Oaks Wolfpack on Friday, Oct. 28.
The Cosumnes Oaks JV team outscored River City, holding them to just 12 points.
Scoring for River City were #13, Jamal Williams with a 55-yard TD run and #56, Robert Aiello with a two-yard TD. Final score 39-12.
The Cosumnes Oaks Wolfpack varsity team broke open a close game with three second-half touchdowns, for a 25-7 win over the River City Raiders.
River City took a brief 7-6 lead in the third quarter on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Joey Beall to Mark Dutra.
However, the Wolfpack responded with a TD on their next possession and never looked back. Turnovers and penalties consistently slowed the Raider offense and provided Cosumnes Oaks with good field position.
The Raiders will conclude their season with a home game this Friday, against Union Mine and the state’s leading rusher, Sean Tow. — from DE’ONNA JACK
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By Sam Urrea, Staff Writer
RCHS School Newspaper,
(Featured in the Oct. 5, 2011, News-Ledger)
It is the start of the school year. Students struggle to find activities that they can begin looking forward to. Football season is just starting, yet some students continue to dwell on the realization that summer has just departed. That is, however, until homecoming time comes along. This year was no different at River City High School.
This year’s homecoming excitement started out with the traditional celebration of spirit week. Students showed their passion and togetherness for the school as well as their respective grade by following the school curriculum of dressing up as something different each day of the week prior to the dance the subsequent Saturday.
Students from every class were nominated and voted on throughout the week to decide who the school would choose as their homecoming count, countess, duke, duchess, prince, princess and lastly king and queen.
The big announcements were made during the halftime show of the River City vs. El Dorado football game, an encounter dominated by the home team, from start to finish, which ended with the score of 65-12. The passion shown by the players on the field was reflected on the happiness of the attending students, parents and staff.
River City local Kyra Dixon believes she knows exactly why the homecoming game brings out that spirit and passion shared throughout the event more than any other football occasion in the school calendar.
“The game is just so fun. You get to see who won the royalty nominations and hang out with your friends in a happy environment. I also see a lot of people I usually don’t see anywhere else, so you can tell it is an event not many people want to miss out on,” she explained.
Student Jimmy Landis confessed he is not a regular attendant of school-related affairs and pinpointed family tradition as the reason for attending the game.
“I never really attend any school events that happen outside of school. But the homecoming game is tradition for my family because my dad went to River City, so we usually come every year,” he said.
He also believes that seeing the school so united in promoting these events attracts him to the occasion as well. He continued, “This game seems more exciting for everyone, which is probably why so many more people come to it. I have to say it is nice to see.”
The royalty nominations were won by McHenry Choo and Daisy Maya as count and countess, Eric Beall and Sarah Risher as duke and duchess, Juan Lazcano and Angelica Carter as prince and princess, while Andrew Rodriguez and Elysia Sevilla attained the most coveted accolade of all, king and queen.
Judging by the crowd’s reaction, it appeared as if these were everyone’s favored choices, even to some neutrals, which only added more to the excitement and passion being shown by the students. The dance the following night was described as “a success.” Given that the festivities were filled with jovial participation and unforgettable memories, calling this year’s homecoming celebrations at River City High “a success” could be perceived as an understatement.
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NEWS-LEDGER – SEPT 28, 2011
The River City High School football teams hosted El Dorado on Friday night at River City’s annual homecoming game.
On defense, Joey Gomez had one quarterback sack and seven tackles, Jamal Williams had an interception; DeAngelo Estep recovered a fumble; and Chris Giuliani had a sack.
The Raider JV team improved their record to 4-1.
The Raider varsity team walloped the visiting El Dorado Cougars by a score of 65-12.
The 4-1 Raiders are gaining momentum as they head up to Folsom to take on Vista del Lago next Friday in a game with championship implications.
With Serra Valley Conference favorite Cosumnes Oaks falling in its league opener to Union Mine 14-7, this early-season match up becomes critical.
Senior halfback Uriah Clark continued his superior play, rushing for 156 yards and scoring three touchdowns in just one half of play against El Dorado.
Tackles Tevita Mafi and Hugo Dominguez opened up gaping holes in the El Dorado defense for the Raider runs. Quarterback Joey Beall completed key passes to Malik Dumetz and William Leggat and made a 26 yard TD pass to AJ Gomez.
Halfbacks Juan Lazcano, Javier Martinez and Fullback Sope Ojo all added touchdown runs. Receiver Myles Matamores scored on a 25 yard pass from Tucker McAmoil.
The swarming Raider defense got in on the scoring action as well. McAmoil returned an interception for a 35 yard TD and defensive end Jr Chean scored on a 10 yard fumble recovery run. River City overwhelmed the Cougar offense with its pressure and tight coverage package.
RCHS Head Coach Art Bustamante looks forward to this Friday’s challenge: “These are the types of games that separate the “challengers” from the “champions.” We live for these opportunities. We feel like we are improving and it’s time to take control of our own destiny.”
— FROM DE’ONNA JACK
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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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The News-Ledger just received notice that Washington Unified School District has set a date for the first-ever ‘State of the District’ dinner.
The event is planned for Nov. 1 at River City High School. It begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6. A speech by board president David Westin is expected.
Further details — including cost — have not yet been released.
Riverbank Elementary School sixth graders will be washing cars to help raise $15,000 for a trip to Sly Park in November. The car wash will be held Sat., Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 1100 Carrie Street. Donations welcome. There will also be a “hot dog lunch combo meal” for sale, $3, and Jamba Juice for $4, and a bake sale. To donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org, attention: Karrie.