Will Kamps found solace in his teammates following the Ripon Christian Knights’ Sac-Joaquin Section VI playoff loss to No. 1 seed Capital Christian.
“Many of us have been together since the first grade,” said the junior linebacker.
Kamps was thankful for the season and, at the same time, looking forward to next year.
RC, seeded No. 5, will be kept largely intact, losing just six seniors.
“They’re six that we value,” said Knights coach Trey Ozenbaugh following the 56-13 loss at Capital Christian.
This includes quarterback Billy Marr, running back/linebacker/kicker Kevin Kramer, lineman Sean Legros, lineman Adam Mensonides, lineman Jake Schollenberg, and tight end/linebacker Jared Stuit.
Ozenbaugh said following the first-round win at Golden Sierra that home grown products are makes RC different from many private school programs.
That’s not to take anything away from Capital Christian featuring Justice Shelton-Mosley.
He’s the all-everything player for the Cougars reminiscent of former Modesto Christian/Fresno State product and current punt returner for the Denver Broncos Isaiah Burse.
Ozenbaugh made that slight comparison after Shelton-Mosley’s five-touchdown performance. The senior running back / wide receiver / defensive back scored four times on the ground, gaining 201 yards on 12 carries, and turned a short pass from quarterback Jacob Norville into a 27-yard score to kick things off for the Cougars, who will face off against Modesto Christian in Saturday’s section finals at the Grape Bowl in Lodi. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.
Shelton-Mosley, who is being recruited by Duke, UCLA, Stanford, and Northwestern – he’s also has Cal, Harvard and Yale on his radar – completed a 43-yard option pass and forced the first turnover of the game with an early interception.
He’s been a tall order for any team to try to stop or contain.
The Knights, in addition, were unable to get much going on offense.
They scored on special teams, with Jonah Lewis coming up with a nifty 76-yard kickoff return in the first quarter, and Chad Kamper pouncing on the loose ball in the end zone following a muffed punt by Capital Christian in the fourth.