LINDEN – So far, so good.
In two weeks, Ripon High’s rampaging football team has ripped off two one-sided wins. And it seems as though the Indians are just getting started.
Ripon followed up last week’s 52-0 win with another runaway victory Friday night, this time 41-0 over a Linden team that simply had no chance.
Running behind a powerful offensive line, Michael Ysit blasted his way to 164 yards on only six carries, scoring on runs of 19, 59 and 40 yards. Meanwhile, quarterback Nick Price was efficient, completing 5-of-7 pass attempts for 85 yards as well as running for touchdowns of 17 and 15 yards.
Meanwhile, Ripon’s defensive line sacked Colin Jacobs seven times.
“It’s all about discipline. It’s all about heart and it’s all about playing your butts off,” said Ripon head coach Chris Johnson to his assembled troops after the Indians’ latest romp. “And it’s all about having fun. Great job, guys.”
As pleased as he was though, Johnson, like his players, was far from satisfied.
“I think the kids played well but we still have a lot of things to work on,” Johnson said. “But our offensive line did a great job and our defense, especially Kody, played real well. Kody Day is a third-year starter and a force who is very difficult to block and really goes after it.”
Ripon wasted no time Friday, going 85 yards on a seven-play drive sparked by a 17-yard run from Ryan Fugit, a hard-hitting two-way player. That set up Ysit’s first TD, a 19-yard run.
In the second quarter, things got ugly quickly as another tough two-way player, Michael Morris, capped a 70-yard drive with a one-yard TD run before Price broke free for a pair of TD runs on Ripon’s read-draw option play.
By the time Ysit broke off his impressive 59- and 40-yard scoring runs, the Indians had accumulated 93 points in little over a game and a half before running out the clock.
“It feels great because I think our team is even working harder than we were last year,” said David Goforth. “… Two blowouts in two weeks is a pretty good way to start the season.”
Next up for the Indians will be another non-league battle against home-town rival Ripon Christian. Meanwhile, the Indians’ junior varsity team, which rolled to a 55-6 win over Linden, will not play next week as Ripon Christian doesn’t have enough players to suit up a JV team.