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RIPON HIGH EXTRA POINTS

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POSTED August 29, 2013 10:01 p.m.


 CHASING HUGHSON: With all-league running back Tanner Duron back in the fold, Ripon head coach Chris Johnson believes the Huskies are the team to beat in the Trans-Valley League. Duron rushed for 1,806 yards and totaled 24 touchdowns as Hughson went 6-5 and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in 2012. Hughson played Ripon tough in a 35-27 loss last fall.

 CATCHING CLARK: Defenses will key on wide receiver Bradley Clark (40 receptions, 693 yards, 15 TDs) but better not sleep on Ripon’s other Clark – Josh Clark. The senior running back/safety is arguably the team’s strongest player, pound for pound, and he’s lightning quick too. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Clark shredded the West High defense during its summer camp, running through tackles and by defensive backs.

 TWO-WAY TALENT: Ripon returns a wealth of talent from its Trans-Valley League championship team, including multiple players who started on offense and defense. Headlining that group are: Michael Ysit, running back and linebacker; Troy Burth, offensive lineman and linebacker; Bradley Clark, wide receiver and safety; and Michael Morris, running back and linebacker.

 CONSOLATION PRIZE: Ripon’s historic season was dashed with a 40-21 loss to eventual state champion Central Catholic in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs. However, there was a silver lining in Ripon’s only loss of the season: In six postseason games, no one played the Raiders as close as the Indians. Not even ancient rival Escalon, which lost 52-10 in the section final.

 MR. ALL-PURPOSE: Graduated star Anthony Baciocco, now a freshman at Redlands University, was one of the area’s ultimate all-purpose players last fall. He totaled 1,120 yards as running back (599 yards), receiver (383), kick and punt returner (63) and defensive back (75). How do you replace that kind of production? With Ryan Fugit, who is “a play away from scoring a touchdown,” said head coach Chris Johnson.

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