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Rio Americano ruins Christian Bros homecoming, 31-13

Raiders Reach 7-0 for First Time in Almost 30 Years
Photo By Liam Nevin
Coming off a first round playoff win against Fairfield, the Raiders seek revenge against Vista Del Lago

The Rio Americano High School Football team is off to a hot start, advancing to 7-0 for the first time since 1994 with a crushing defeat of Christian Brothers, in the Falcons’ homecoming game.

The Raiders advanced to 7-0 (3-0 in Capital Athletic League) with the 31-13 victory.

The Raiders have beaten Burbank, Liberty Ranch, MClatchy, Woodland, El Camino, and for the first time in history, the Raiders beat Capital Christian. 

The team has been dominant even before Friday night’s big win, scoring 204 points their first six games, and only letting 54 points on defense having three shutout wins. It has been almost 30 years since the team went undefeated.

“I love the motivation and hard work our boys put into this program,” said senior defensive end Maxwell Jamison. “Everyone puts in the work and helps each other out which makes us the best team we can be.” 

On Sept. 22 Raiders played their homecoming game against El Camino, extending their undefeated record. The stat leaders such as sophomore running back Trace Kloss, senior defensive end Tobias Black and junior tight end Alex Wallace have been a big help to the team’s success.

Kloss has eight rushing touchdowns averaging 53 yards and is averaging nearly two touchdowns per game. Wallace has caught three receiving touchdowns and leads the team in tackles, with 29 this season. Black is also a big contributor to the Raiders defense, who leads the team in sacks with seven this season. 

Going undefeated in the preseason, the football team could continue that pace for the rest of the season.

“Preseason was really tough, but it paid off,” said Ryan Voss. “It was really hard in the 100-degree weather with our gear on, running and doing drills but we’re off to a strong start.” 

Last year, the Raiders went 3-7 and didn’t make the playoffs. This year the Raiders have already beaten last year’s record and are fighting to keep themselves in first place in the league.

“The season has gotten off to a great start, and is a direct correlation of the hard work each and every member of the team has continued to put in,” assistant coach John South said. “The rest of the season will be crucial and will show if we are willing to continue to put forth effort each and every day. The most important game is the next one.”

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  • Edward Da SilvaOct 16, 2023 at 3:16 PM

    Lets go raiders, so proud of the guys putting in the work and effort and making thier school proud. Lets go raiders!.

  • Kelsey PeelerOct 16, 2023 at 3:11 PM

    Such an amazing team this year! The student athletics are popping!

  • Giovanni SantiagoOct 16, 2023 at 2:25 PM

    The Raiders have been having a great season league with 7-0. They haven’t been this far since 1994. They also have great players this season as well.

  • Joseph LaineOct 16, 2023 at 2:20 PM

    I’m so happy for the Rio Americano football team! I’m very excited for next year’s to come. Expectantly with all this new talent the freshmen are bringing. I also love all the energy from the students that come to the amazing games. Hopefully next year we can use are own field.

  • noahOct 16, 2023 at 2:18 PM

    i am so proud of Rio football players and how they are on a hot start.
    they work so hard this off-season and it showing off.

  • Kurt Euwan LontocOct 16, 2023 at 2:16 PM

    Good job raiders! This team is doing great this year no one expected that this team is gonna be undefeated this year and this year they were 7-0 for the first time since 1994 that with a victory against Christian brothers with the score of 31-13. it has been 30 years since this team has been undefeated they really putting the effort on practice and at the game. This article implies that Rio Football team is thriving.

  • KaiOct 16, 2023 at 2:15 PM

    Wow the football team has improved so much. They are doing so much better than last year.

  • Gavin McLeanOct 16, 2023 at 2:15 PM

    I’m glad that the Rio football team is doing well this year, since last year was not as great as this one.

  • Rocco MistrettaOct 16, 2023 at 2:10 PM

    This is great for the Rahs football team since we havent been 7-1 in 30 years!!!!

  • BenjaminOct 16, 2023 at 2:09 PM

    Such a great start to the school year with the Football team being 7-0. Lets go Raiders!

  • lenaOct 16, 2023 at 2:05 PM

    i’m so glad that Rio’s football team has been winning the past few games because it shows us how much the team and players have been working hard and been practicing everyday .

  • RubenOct 16, 2023 at 10:32 AM

    great job to the Varsity fb team

  • Chase DinaburgOct 16, 2023 at 8:52 AM

    Glad we got to make some history! soon enough we will be in the playoffs doing nothing short of the impossible.

  • Morgan PriestOct 12, 2023 at 11:34 AM

    So proud of our team this year! lets go raiders!

  • Julian Herrera-VillanuevaOct 10, 2023 at 9:21 PM

    What great games! This year the football team has done so much better than previous years.

  • hamzaOct 9, 2023 at 9:37 PM

    I like the effort the Raiders for each years they play.

  • AudreyOct 9, 2023 at 8:34 PM

    It is so cool how our football team has come such a long way this year and I hope to see the team keep improving.

  • Audrey ShackelfordOct 9, 2023 at 5:13 PM

    It is awesome to see that the Raiders are putting in a lot of hard work and it is paying off. This is a great article and exciting to read.

  • ReeseOct 9, 2023 at 5:07 PM

    A great article! Very informative on what the players and coaches think of their success and where this new winning streak stemmed from.

  • JoshOct 9, 2023 at 10:57 AM

    Rio is much better this year.

  • Delaney TownsendOct 9, 2023 at 9:14 AM

    The amount of effort each and every player puts in each game is incredible. You can truly tell the love they have for the sport. This article does a wonderful job of expressing the work ethic and mentality it takes to get where they are, undefeated.

  • Stella PlainOct 9, 2023 at 8:52 AM

    great article, good information and quotes.

  • nevaeh halsteadOct 9, 2023 at 8:49 AM

    Such a great article! So exciting to see that our team is doing so well, great start to our senior year.

  • MaraOct 9, 2023 at 8:46 AM

    WOW I can’t believe we are doing so well! Great job football team!

  • SeanOct 8, 2023 at 10:00 PM

    One more win for league champs

  • Sumaya AyalaOct 8, 2023 at 7:29 PM

    The football team is doing much better than last year, I wonder what is the most major change they made to improve their team.

  • IsaacOct 8, 2023 at 11:57 AM

    I’m glad that the Rio football team is doing well this year, especially considering how last season went.

  • Jazmin Coronado ApesoaOct 7, 2023 at 10:26 PM

    As someone on the cheer team, it is just amazing to see how well we have been doing this year!.It’s honestly insane to think how the raiders have been 7-0 for the first time in almost 30 years! Truly incredible. I have high hopes for this year, seeing how we have had a winning streak, and I will say, it was refreshing to beat CB at their homecoming game due to conflicts with them in the past. So excited and absolutely pumped for the next couple of games!