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Balanced attack, suffocating ‘D’ anchors Ripon

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Balanced attack, suffocating ‘D’ anchors Ripon

Ripon receiver Dorian Dougherty attempts to make the leaping grab with Galt’s Giovanni Escalante on the coverage Friday at Stouffer Field.


POSTED September 2, 2017 2:42 a.m.

RIPON — As a team known for its defensive prowess, it wasn’t out of the ordinary for the Ripon Indians to pitch a shutout over visiting Galt Friday night at Stouffer Field.
But to hold an opponent to single digits on the ground was a feat that shocked even the school that prides itself on being able to make stops and take away the ball.
After four quarters of football, including a running clock that began late in the third quarter, Ripon had held the Warriors to only 3 yards on the ground en route to a 49-0 victory that keeps their record unblemished heading into a grudge match game against Sonora next week.
And with the exception of Michael Winters — who scored on the ground and by returning an interception 70-yards for a defensive score — every other touchdown was scored by a different player.
“We’ve got a lot of good backs and it’s important to spread it around because it makes us really difficult to defend,” Musseman said. “Defense has been our thing here in Ripon for a long time now, and we’ve got amazing playmakers and leaders on that side of the ball. I can’t say enough about those kids, and they had a heck of a night tonight.
“A game like this was very important for us heading into the next week because we still have a bit of a lingering hangover after last year, and a game like this shows these kids that they’re ready – they’re going to be alright – and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
Ripon relied almost exclusively on its running game Friday night — throwing only nine passes, three of which were completed — and saw production out of nearly every back that touched the ball.
For Dylan Sexton, who served as a short-yardage workhorse early in the game, the run-heavy scheme allowed for the offensive line and the backs to begin working in tandem to seal off lanes and open up space that allowed him to break a 60-yard touchdown run that sealed the fate of the Warriors early.
“It felt really good out there tonight,” Sexton said. “We were just a block away a couple of times and then we started hitting those blocks and things started opening up. Right now it feels like we’re gelling together well as a team, and we have our eyes on our upcoming game and redemption over what happened last year.”
Sexton finished the game with nine carries for 94 yards and a touchdown. Winters racked up 76 yards on four carries, including a 56-yard touchdown on the Ripon’s opening play from scrimmage – and Roland Davis contributed 68 yards on six carries including a 10-yard touchdown.
Ripon quarterback Ryan Daggett was 3-of-9 passing for 33 yards, connecting all three times with Tino Raygoza including on a 3-yard touchdown strike.
The Indians will host winless Sonora on Friday Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Stouffer Field. Ripon is looking to avenge a 69-7 loss to the Wildcats.

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