Andrew Brown left nothing to chance Friday night.
With his Ripon Christian Knights needing a win for their second trip to the playoffs in just eight years of the program’s existence, the sophomore running back erupted for five touchdowns to lead Ripon Christian to a 62-9 Southern League win over host Gustine.
“This was a playoff game for us,” Knights coach John Vander Schaaf said. “If we lost, we went home. But since we won, we go on.”
“We stopped them on their first long drive with a goal-line stand and forced a field goal. After that we took care of business.”
Brown finished with 323 yards on 23 carries with scoring runs of 5, 15, 57, 58 and 73 yards. Danny Vos (6 of 14 passing, 95 yards) scored on a 15-yard run and on a 1-yard pass to James Vander Schaaf. Zach Davis scored on a 23-yard run and Mason Veilleux picked up a fumble and rambled 75 yards for a touchdown.
The Redskins (1-6, 1-9) did not score in the second half and Ripon Christian snagged a total of five interceptions with Brandon Dotinga and Chris Saenz getting two each and Dalton Koslosky grabbing one.
Ripon Christian allowed (5-2, 6-4) allowed just 38 yards rushing with the defensive line play of Anton Den Dulk, Thomas Van Vliet, Clayton Blankers and Jordan Goslinga a big reason for the Knights defensive attack, according to coach Vander Schaaf.
The Knights open the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs next Friday with their opponent and location to be determined when the brackets are released today at www.cifsjs.org.