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Bulldogs Tackle Tigers and Weather
The River Bend Football teams took on the Byron Tigers and the weather last Saturday. After an outstanding patriotic rendition of the National Anthem by Coach Larry Jones that pumped up everyone in attendance, the junior Bulldogs played a strong first half with Byron scoring on the last play. The anticipated rain storm arrived and play was stopped. Unable to play on Steamer Field due to turf concerns, the remainder of the games were moved to Byron on Sunday. The 7th grade completed their contest with a 20-0 defeat. The 7th grade Bulldogs of the Week (left) are Devin VanZuiden on defense and Kraig Schipper for offense. The 8th grade followed with a tough 42-12 loss. Our 5th grade dogs came away with a 12-12 tie against the pesky tigers. In very hot conditions, the 6th grade wrapped up the day with a big win. They posted another dominating effort, 38-6. Sixth grade Bulldogs of the Week (right) are Trent Hill on offense and Ethan Rash for defense. The Bulldogs next travel to Princeton Saturday.
River Bend Football 5th & 6th Grade Split Opener
Saturday’s season opener saw the River Bend 5th and 6th grade teams spilt their contests with league rival Kewanee. The 5th grade Bulldogs got off to a good early start and lead at halftime 8-6. Kewanee rallied late and defeated our hounds 22-14. The 5th grade Bulldogs of the Week are Jake Jones on offense and Keegan Van Kampen on defense (left). River Bend’s 6th grade wrapped of the day’s games by storming out to a large lead on the strength of several long touchdown runs. The dogs lead at halftime 30-0 and finished up a dominate performance 38-0. The 6th grade Bulldogs of the Week are Josh VanderPloeg on defense and Kyler Pessman for offense. The Bulldogs next face off against Byron Saturday at Steamer Field. Paddle Wheel Pizza will be the River Bend Game Day sponsor.
7th & 8th grade Bulldogs Kickoff Season
The River Bend Bulldog 7th and 8th grade kicked off the season by splitting the opening games with fellow Big 14 member Kewanee. The 7th grade dogs started the rather dreary day with a 30-0 defeat. The junior Bulldogs played a much better game than the score indicates. The 7th grade Bulldog of the Week is Travis Hill for offense and the defensive Bulldog of the Week is Joseph Simpson (left). The overcast skies continued during the 8th grade contest but the game was far from gloomy. The 8th grade hounds battled hard all game and found themselves trailing in the second half. The senior Bulldogs rallied and tied the score late at 22. Kewanee was not able to score and the game ended in a tie. During the overtime River Bend needed a score and conversion to win after Kewanee’s score. On two outstanding plays back to back, the Bulldogs powered to an exciting 30-28 win. The 8th grade Bulldogs of the Week are Kyle Schipper for offense and Eli Pannell for defense. The older Bulldogs face Byron Saturday at home. Paddle Wheel Pizza will be the River Bend Game Day sponsor.
River Bend Junior Football will kick off their 2014 season this Saturday at 10:00AM starting the 7th grade contest. All four Bulldog teams will take on fellow Big 14 member Kewanee at home on Steamer Field. The River Bend Bulldogs’ Premiere Game Day Sponsor for the opening day is Nelsoncorp Wealth Management. This year’s 6th grade team is coming off a third place conference finish in 2013 and will play at 1:00PM. The 8th grade will play at 11:30AM and the 6th grade will wrap up the day at 2:30PM. Other home dates are Saturday August 24th against Byron sponsored by Paddle Wheel Pizza, September 20th against Amboy sponsored by Huizenga & Wierenga Insurance and the regular season finale October 4th against Dixon sponsored by Steamers Football Alumni. The Bulldogs’ complete schedule and results can be found at riverbendfootball.net.
The River Bend Junior Football Club held their annual car wash last Saturday to raise funds for the football program. This year, with a lot of hard work from players, cheerleaders and coaches, the club raised over $1000. This money will go help pay for new equipment as the organization replaced every helmet this year with 5 Star rated ones for grades 5th-8th. Special thanks go out to the Fulton Fire Department and everyone else who made this year’s event a success. River Bend Football kicks off its 2014 season at home this Saturday against Kewanee.
The Steamer football program will be putting on a Junior Tackle Football Camp from July 7-July 11 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The camp will be held at River Bend Middle School practice field. The camp is for students entering Grades 4th-8th.
The fee for the camp this year is $45.00. Please make checks payable to Fulton High School.
There are registration forms printed in the Fulton Journal.
2013 Ball Carriers, Quarterbacks and Offensive Ends who carry and/or catch the ball. No helmet stripe.
5th Grade Max. 100 lbs.
6th Grade Max. 115 lbs.
7th Grade Max. 135 lbs.
8th Grade Max. 150 lbs.
River Bend JR Tackle Football will have their 2014 season sign up and Raffle ticket handout Saturday April 5th from 9am to noon, Tuesday April 8th from 5-6:30pm and Saturday April 12th from 9am to noon all at the River Bend Middle School Multipurpose Room. It is very important to get signed up during these dates so the players/parents can participate in the raffle. If a player sells all their tickets, they play for no participation fee during the 2014 season. This year’s fee is $140. The sign up and raffle is for RBJT players grades 5-8, cheerleaders grades 5-8 and NIYTF years 8-10. Turn in date for all tickets is May 12. For more information visit riverbendfootbal l.net.
River Bend Football 8th Grade
The River Bend 8th Grade Bulldogs recently finished their 2013 season against Winnebago. Playing the best of the best in the Big 14 conference, the Dogs finished a disappointing 3-4-1 this season coming off an undefeated 2012 regular season and Championship game appearance. Hopes are high for big accomplishments as these senior Bulldogs next play as Streamers. Pictured above are Nathan McLuckie, Cody Sanderson, Bryce Grant, Branden Bruggenwirth, Erik North, Cade Hansen, Tyler Fleetwood, Jesse Singh, Austin Rash, Brody Mason, Jack Lenz, Zach Simons, Wyatt Newsom, Nate Wierema, Austin Schroeder, Ethan Fish, Jarek Leonhart, Seth Sikkema, Taylor Fleetwood, Ian Frederick, Trevor Wierenga, Jason Miller, Tyler Bruggenwirth, Rhett Merema and Tony Heintz. Coaches pictured are Benjy Grant, Jason Miller, Todd Fleetwood, Ryan Merema and Matt Sanderson.
River Bend Football 6th Grade
The River Bend 6th Grade Bulldogs recently wrapped up their 2013 season against playoff bound Winnebago. Although winless on the season with a 0-7-1 record, the scrappy young Bulldogs played several close games against tough competition in the Big 14 conference. Pictured above are #12 Kraig Schipper, #18 Micheal Skiles, #19 Hunter Gossard, #21 Brennen Bly, #22 Jake Pannell, #23 Devin VanZuiden, #37 Travis Hill, #52Ryan McDonnell, #58 Lucas Simon, #63 Trae VanZuiden, #70 Konner Correll, #71 Cayden Norem, #73 Bradlee Damhoff, #87 Keegan Stoecker and #90 Jamie Sturtz. The Dogs were coached by Rod Gossard, Tyler Renkes, Clint VanZuiden, and Chris Ford.
River Bend Wins
The River Bend 5th grade Bulldogs won the consolation game over Sterling Blue to grab 3rd place in the Big 14 conference last Saturday in Dixon. On an outstanding day for football, the youngest Bulldogs did not disappoint. Looking to avenge an early season default at the hands of the Blue, the Dogs jumped out to an early lead and carried it to a 14-0 halftime score. The Bulldogs put up another score after halftime, but the Blue answered right back with a kickoff return and on onside kick recovery. The two teams traded another set of scores, but the tough Bulldog defense sealed the deal in the 4th quarter for a 28-14 victory.
River Bend Football Heading to the Playoffs.
The River Bend Football 5th Grade Bulldogs qualified for the Big 14 Consolation game this Sunday in Dixon. With the Bulldogs thrilling 12-6 victory last Sunday in Morrison, the team will play the Sterling Blue squad for 3rd placed in the Big 14 conference. The ‘Dogs finished the regular season 6-2 by playing an exciting offense and fielding a hard-nosed defense. River Bend will be able to avenge an earlier defeat this season at the hands of the Blues. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 PM Sunday at Volunteer Field in Dixon. The River Bend Tailgate party will start at 12:30. Come out and cheer on these future Steamers.
River Bend Football 7th Grade Finishes the Season
The River Bend 7th Grade Bulldogs finished their season Sunday under the lights in Morrison. The team was 2-6 this year but played an inspired brand of football against some of the toughest teams in the Big 14 conference. Members of the team are 1 Keegan Kloepping, 4 Jon Green, 6 Bryant VanZuiden, 8 Max Lemke, 9 Rylee Leitzen, 26 Nick McQuistion, 32 Larson Barnett, 52 Grant Clydesdale, 54 Carter Irvin, 56 Travis Hughes, 63 Dakota Ford, 75 Eli Pannel, 79 Trey Foster, 80 Kameron Knee, 84 Brycen Eads and 88 Kyle Schipper. The Bulldogs were coached by head coach Jeff Hoese, assistant coaches John Widener, Lynn Schipper, Karl Lemke and Troy VanZuiden.
River Bend Players of the Week Game 8 are announced. Click to view.
River Bend Football wrapped up the regular season Sunday against Big 14 member Winnebago. Although a home game, it was played at the Morrison Sports Complex due to concerns about playing on Steamer field during Saturday’s rain. The Morrison JR Tackle Club was extremely accommodating and the day was a success off the field. On the field the Bulldogs captured just one win. That win sent the 5th grade Bulldogs to the Big 14 Playoffs. The 8th grade Bulldog fell just short in an exciting 24-22 game. The 6th grade was defeated 28-6 by a playoff bound Indian squad. Finishing under the lights, the 7th grade just missed knocking off an undefeated Winnebago team 8-0. The River Bend Players of the game are pictured above left to right. 6th grade defense player was Devin Van Zuiden and the offensive player was Travis Hill. For the 8th game, the defensive player was Taylor Fleetwood and offense was Ian Frederick. The River Bend Football Club would like to thank the Morrison JR Tackle Football Club for the use of their facilities and their hospitality.
NEW Game program available to download and print. Click to view.
River Bend Players of the Week Game 7 are announced. Click to view.
River Bend JR Tackle Football teams traveled to Sterling last Saturday to face off against the Sterling Blue squads. The Bulldogs were able to win one of the four hard fought contests. The River Bend 8th grade won there game 24-6. The remaining grades fell in tough games against fellow Big 14 member Sterling Blue. The River Bend Players of the week were 8th graders, pictured above left to right, Seth Sikkema for defense and Jack Lenz for offense. The entire 6th grade team was named Players of the Week for their teamwork during Saturday’s contest. The Bulldogs next play at home this Saturday. The first game will kickoff at 10:00 AM. This is the last regular season game of the year.
River Bend Players of the Week Game 6 are announced. Click to view.
River Bend JR Tackle Football was home last Saturday taking on Big 14 colleague Princeton in four grade level games. On a perfect day for football at Steamer Field, the Bulldogs struggled to just one win against a tough Princeton program. The ever impressive 5th grade Dogs won their contest 20-6 bringing their season record to 5 wins and 1 loss. The 6th and 7th grade teams were shutout in loses and the 8th grade came up well short in a 6-28 defeat. The River Bend Players of the week for 7th grade were linebackers Brycen Eads, Keegan Kloepping, Larson Barnett and Max Lemke. The 6th grade players of the week were the defense line. The 5th grade players pictured above were fullback Jakob North for his offensive output up the middle and Kaleb Schipper for his exceptional play on defense. The Bulldogs next play in Sterling on Saturday. All River Bend and NIYTF players from all grades will be introduced during the Steamer game this Friday.
River Bend Players of the Week Game 5 are announced. Click to view.
River Bend JR Tackle Football had a tough trip to fellow Big 14 opponent Rochelle’s home field for game 5 of the season. On a pleasant day for football, the Bulldogs got rolled in three of the four games by the JR Hubs. On the longest road trip of the year, only the 5th grade came away with a victory, 28-6. The 6th and 7th grade had close games but come up short, 12-28 and 24-32. The 8th grade could not find an answer and lost 8-42. Pictured above are the River Bend Players of the Week for the 5th grade. The offensive player of the week was the entire offensive line who created holes that allowed for 4 rushing touchdowns. Left to right they are: Josh Vandeploeg, Nathan Portz, Josh Huizenga, Max Panell, Ethan Rash, Dylan Bridgeman, and Patrick Lower. The defensive player was Kyler Pessman who led the team in tackles from his linebacker position and also recovered a fumble.
NEW Game program available to download and print. Click to view.
River Bend Players of the Week Game 4 are announced. Click to view.
River Bend JR Football struggled against Big 14 opponent Byron last Saturday. At home on a sunny and hot Steamer Field, the Bulldogs managed just one win in the four games. The 7th grade lost a one-sided game in the opener. In the second game, the 8th grade battled to an exciting 8-8 tie in regulation, but was defeated in overtime. The Tigers were soundly tamed in game 3 by the the 5th grade Bulldogs 30-0. The day ended with the 6th grade team being held scoreless in a loss.
Game program available to download and print. Click to view.
River Bend Players of the Week Game 3 are announced. Click to view.
River Bend JR Tackle Football had a great day of football last Saturday against Big 14 opponent Amboy. On a hot day, the Bulldogs came away with three wins and a tie against the Clippers. The 7th grade game won the exciting opener 12-0. The 8th grade had a workman type victory, 20-6. In a bounce back effort from last week’s loss, the 5th grade powered their way to a 28-0 win. The 6th grade played to a tie in a down to the wire game.
River Bend Players of the Week Game 2 are announced. Click to view.
River Bend JR Tackle Football had four hard fought games last Saturday against Big 14 opponent Stillman Valley. The Bulldogs came away with two wins against the always tough Cardinals including an exciting 8th grade game that went down to the last play for a victory. The 7th grade won their contest 12-6 in the day’s opener.
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The River Bend JR Tackle football club held their annual fund raising car wash last Saturday. This event helps with equipment purchases throughout the year. It was a beautiful day and nearly 50 of the club’s players, cheerleaders and coaches were kept busy washing dozens of cars. All participants would like to thanks the Fulton Fire department and everyone else who generously donated. The River Bend JR Tackle football teams will have their first games of the season at the Fulton High School field on August 17th at 10:00 AM against Sterling Gold.
The River Bend JR Tackle Football teams started practice last week. Players from grades 5 to 8 were practicing in anticipation of the tough upcoming Big 14 schedule. The Big 14 conference includes 14 teams in 2 geographical divisions throughout northwest Illinois. River Bend football is coming off a very successful 2012 season that saw two teams qualify for post season games including this year’s 8th grade team having an undefended regular season. The incoming 5th grade also had a great year in NIYFT conference. Hopes are high for the 2013 campaign. Home games start on August 17th with the season opener against Sterling Gold. Games begin at 10:00 AM. Other home games this year include September 7th against Byron, September 21th against Princeton and October 5th against Winnebago. Games scores and players of the week are detailed weekly in the Fulton Journal and riverbendfootball.net.
All 2012 photos will be removed on August 1st. Please download any photos that you are interested in keeping.
Following up on the Raffle, Jennifer & Shane Dykstra donated $500 back to the football club. The remainder was donated to the Oklahoma tornado victims & a neighbor who has cancer. Thank you for your generosity.
River Bend JR Tackle Club’s annual raffle recently completed with a cash prize drawing. This raffle is the primary fund raiser for the club and allows boys and girls to participate in football and cheerleading programs this fall for no cost by selling raffle tickets. The grand prize of $1000 was won by Jennifer Dykstra. Second prize winner was Jodie Knight. Kim Penca won third. Other winners were Louise Klooster, Dawn Stage, Alf Eversoll, Jerry Barsema and Kristin Huisenga. RJTF club is a nonprofit club supporting youth programs in our community through football and cheerleading. If you would like to participate or volunteer, contact a coach, board member or search River Bend Football.
Calendar of Events
September 6th Next football game (away vs Rockton)
September 19th Announcement night at FHS
October 3rd Homecoming Parade
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