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Indians earn much-needed win over Calaveras
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Calaveras 7    0    0    0 — 7

Ripon 7    7    7    7 — 28


First Quarter

R — Anden Ries 10 run (Ricky Langenfeld kick), 5:55

C — Caden Spurr 14 run (Ethan Porath kick), 52.4


Second Quarter

R — Xavier Clark 12 run (Langenfeld kick), 4:36


Third Quarter

R — Ries 62 run (Langenfeld kick), 2:34


Fourth Quarter

R — Ries 7 run (Langenfeld kick), 2:56

The Ripon High Indians put together a much-needed 28-7 victory Friday against 

visiting Calaveras.

The Indians (2-2) took care of the Red Hawks (0-4) behind an unselfish running attack coupled with some big plays on defense.

With that, Ripon coach Chris Musseman was able to breathe a sigh of relief.

“This has to be the longest three weeks of my coaching career (at RHS),” he said.

His team endured injuries, illnesses, and tough losses during that stretch.

Among the highlights for the Indians on this night at Stouffer Field were the three touchdowns scored by junior running back Anden Ries and the two timely interceptions by junior defensive back Nathan Gaines.

“Nathan is really coming along,” said Musseman.

He recognized Xzavier Clark’s blocking in leading the way for the three scores by Ries, who racked up 138 yards on 11 carries. Clark chipped in with 55 yards on 12 pops.

The Indians scored on their opening possession, going 55 yards on six plays capped Ries' 10-yard run.

Calaveras responded by powering the ball inside to Kodey Paulson and Caden Spurr, who helped knot the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter.

Ripon threatened as quarterback Ty Herrin connected with Jesus Ochoa on a 50-yard pass play. The Red Hawks momentarily stemmed the tide as Ryan Clifton came up with the interception.

The Indian defense kept Calaveras in check with a fourth-down stoppage. They broke the tie midway through the second on Clark’s 12-yard scoring run.

Shortly before the intermission, the Red Hawks threaten behind several long runs by quarterback Josh Manzo. With the ball inside the Ripon 10, Gaines came to rescue by picking off a pass in the end zone.

Ahead 14-7, the Indians added some insurance in the third. Ries found running room along the home field sideline and raced 62 yards to pay dirt.

Calaveras, down 21-7, mounted another threat. Gaines ended that with his second interception.

That turnover plus the personal-foul infraction tacked on to the return helped set up Ries’ third touchdown, which came moments later on a 7-yard run in the fourth.

Herrin, in addition, was 6 of 8 passing with one interception for 116 yards. Ochoa caught three passes for 63 yards while Owen Wilbur hauled in three passes for 43 yards.