River city football kicks off 2015 season


Farina Khalil

River City HS varsity football head coach Jason Stolpe is working to prepare the team for the upcoming season.

Chris Baker

The River City Raiders open the 2015 season with a non-league game against the Christian Brothers Falcons this Friday, August 28 at Hughes Stadium on the Sacramento City College Campus. The junior varsity game kicks off at 5:15pm and the varsity game follows at 7:30pm.
Head coach Jason Stolpe enters his second season at the Raider’s
helm with high hopes and aspirations.
“We are very excited about this season. We have a good group of veteran players including returning senior tackle Gabe Baker and guard Qaid Parker that will be anchoring the offensive line. We have a number of quality receivers that include Coty Silva and junior Angelo Bruce. This team has a good mix of seniors and juniors who are learning to play as a team and improving quickly. I feel like we are well head of where we were last year, but we still have a long way to go”, said coach Stolpe.
Defensive coordinator Anastcio Beltran plans to utilize an aggressive, attacking style of play with heavy blitz and coverage packages designed to confuse opposing offenses. He will rely heavily on two-way starters tackle Qaid Parker and defensive end Gabe Baker.
Others expected to make significant contributions are junior middle linebacker Riley Tilson, outside linebackers Gage Stolpe and James Keilman, and safety Oleg Mysin.
The Raiders will compete for the second season in the tough Tri-County Conference. The defending league champion Inderkum tigers are picked as the team to beat. Perennial playoff teams Rio Linda, Yuba City and River Valley are considered the top challengers.