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Bear River rallies past Ripon
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The season came to an end for Ripon High on Friday.
In the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs, the Indians fell to  defending champion Bear River at Stouffer Field, 20-7.
“That’s a real good team,” said Ripon coach Chris Johnson of the No. 6 seeded Bruins of Grass Valley. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they made it to the section finals.”
His team came in seeded No. 2.
“Our defense played solid through most of the game,” Johnson added.
The only exception of that came in the third quarter, with Bear River scoring 20 unanswered points.
“They came out of halftime as a different team. (The Bruins) left our defense on the field through most of that quarter and they scored on several big plays,” said Johnson.
Ripon’s only touchdown came in the first quarter on a short run by Caleb McCusker.
The Indians (6-6 overall) defense was led by Cody Haines, Bryce Kinsey and Matthew De donates, who helped preserve a 7-0 halftime lead.
The Bruins (8-3) will take on defending Division VI champions Capital Christian in next Friday’s semifinals. The Cougars (11-0) got there by trouncing Highland, 49-6.