SACRAMENTO —The better athletes won out on this day.
In Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI semifinal, the Ripon Christian Knights saw their season come to a halt, falling to top-seeded Capital Christian 56-13.
“They were the better athletes but I thought we were the better team,” RC coach Trey Ozenbaugh said.
The Cougars (12-0) were led by do-it-all senior Justice Shelton-Mosely, who had 201 yards on 12 carries while scoring five touchdowns.
His first came off short pass from quarterback Jacob Norville. The drive was setup by an interception by none other than Shelton-Mosely.
Shelton-Mosely shedded several tackles on the 8-yard score.
He scored on runs of 2-, 5-, 8-, 49-, and 51-yards
The Knights (9-3) were down 14-0 when Jonah Lewis provided the big spark, returning the kickoff 76 yards for the score.
After the Kevin Kramer extra point kick, RC nearly succeeded on recovering the trick onsite kick. Instead, the Knights were flagged for offsides — official ruling was that only the kicker could be the deepest back on the coverage.
“It could’ve been a momentum changer,” said Ozenbaugh. “But we would still have to get something going on offense.”
The Knights’ only other score came late in the game when Chad Kamper came up with a fumble in the end zone from an errant snap on a Cougars punt attempt.
Despite the lopsided score, Ozenbaugh was proud that his team never gave up on the fight.
“That’s the way we are – this is a team with a lot of fight,” said junior linebacker Will Kamps.