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FOOTBALL: Ripon handles Calaveras ahead of TVL opener
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Ripon is hitting its stride, and just in time for its Trans-Valley League opener.

The Indians will have a quick turnaround after crushing Calaveras 49-12 Monday in San Andreas. The non-league contest was originally scheduled for last Friday but was called off a couple hours before the junior varsity game because of poor air quality stemming from the Mosquito Fire in El Dorado and Placer counties.

It’s the second straight year that Ripon has had to play a Monday night game in Gold Country because of concerns over air quality.

The Indians, now 2-2, kick off TVL play this Friday at home against upstart Modesto Christian (4-0).

Anden Ries (84 yards) and Xzavier Clark (81 yards) starred in Ripon’s balanced effort Monday, each finishing with two touchdowns and 11 carries.

Quarterback Ty Herrin opened scoring with a 23-yard pass to Austin Foster. That was the lone score of the opening quarter, but the Indians exploded in the second period to lead 28-6 at halftime. Herrin also ran in the final TD from 11 yards out. He completed six of 11 passes for 75 yards.

Jesus Ochoa highlighted the defense with two interceptions, one of which he returned 25 yards to paydirt. He also converted on all seven point-after kicks.

Braden Orlandi accounted for both Calaveras touchdowns, an 85-yard jaunt and a 1-yard plunge. The Red Hawks fell to 0-4.