Rio Americano, Jesuit Football Have No Friday Night Lights

Bee report claims neighborhood opposition reason why schools play home games on Saturday afternoons.

" is fighting for its football credibility," writes Bill Paterson in The Sacramento Bee.

The article says the neighborhood, which includes the southern end of Carmichael, is indifferent about the sport. Because of neighborhood opposition, Rio and , its American River Drive rival, play their home games on Saturday afternoons, rather than the traditional Friday nights.

Nearby, holds home games on Friday nights and shares its stadium with .

The Raiders are at Whitney of Rocklin tonight at 7:30. The Marauders host Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove, ranked No. 1 in the area by The Bee, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

El Camino is at Cordova and Mira Loma is at Antelope tonight.


lyonfamily October 14, 2011 at 11:23 PM
Absolutely!!! Did the neighbors not realize they moved in next to a school?? Are the so simple minded they have forgotten what it is like to be in high school, and what a exciting time it can be. Since my son has been playing at Rio the football team has been plagued with complaints of noise, and the fighting of a ridiculous lawsuit that has cost our school a ridiculous amount of money. That money should be spent on our children, not grouchy neighbors!
Dan Davis October 15, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Friday night football is an American tradition that brings high school students together with their parents and neighbors in a wholesome activity that fosters school and community spirit. Alternative activities for high school students seldom bring that same cohesiveness. Elitist neighbors who bought their homes decades after the building of these schools in the 60's and 70's, knowing a high school brings occasional games and rallies, worry about noise, traffic, and crime. There are 5 Friday home football games a year (10 counting junior varsity games which start at 5:00 p.m.). These five home varsity games start at 7:30 p.m. and are over before 10:00 p.m. Perhaps the complaining neighbors should attend a local high school football game by supporting their community, high schools and local teenagers instead of worrying about their imagined and unknown fears. Sure, traffic will increase on Friday nights, for 4 hours! There will be noise, if the home team scores (not always that often). There will be some littering, yelling, even an occasional squealing of tires. This is far better than partying at their neighbors' house drinking alcohol, driving along the streets under the influence, and looking for trouble on Friday nights. High school football games do not bring out people drinking. There are sheriff officers present, if needed, for the occasional boisterous fan or unhappy losers, and for traffic control. Neighbors, relax and enjoy life and quit worrying. Be happy!


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