HUGHSON — Ripon scored 28 first-half points before host Hughson even got on the board, and the Indians rode the hot hand of Kyle Wengel to a 34-12 Trans-Valley League.
It’s the first conference victory for the Indians (1-2, 5-2 overall), but they started out with heavy favorites Hilmar and Escalon.
“We came out and put it to them early,” Ripon coach Chris Johnson said. “And by the time they got any control the game was pretty much over.
“They fought back in the second half, but they were in too much of a hole. It was just too little, too late.”
Wengel was 7 of 13 passing for 177 yards with no interceptions and three touchdowns. Two touchdown tosses were to Jake McCreath (three receptions, 103 yards) – one for 43 yards and the other for 14 – Cole Herrin pulled in a 13-yard scoring pass.
Josh McCreath was the workhorse for the Indians, grounding out 210 yards on 37 carries with scoring runs of 3 and 60 yards.
“We had that big second quarter,” Johnson said. “And it seemed to go on forever.
“But the second half just flew by.”
The Huskies drop to 0-3, 3-4
Ripon Christian 59, Turlock Christian 6
The Knights (2-2, 3-4) put up 33 points in the third quarter and blanked the Eagles in the second half for the Southern League victory.
Andrew Brown (15 carries, 148 yards) set the tempo for the night when he reeled off a 99-yard touchdown run to give Ripon Christian (2-2 SL, 3-4) the early 7-0 lead. Chris DeHart answered for Turlock Christian (0-7, 0-2) with a 2-yard touchdown plunge, but after that the game belonged to the Knights.
Danny Vos was forced to miss last week’s game to recuperate from a neck injury but came out strong Friday, completing 8 of 19 passes for 163 yards for Ripon Christian with three touchdowns and one interception.
Brown (three receptions, 76 yards) caught a touchdown pass of 70 yards and later scored his third long-distance touchdown with a 98-yard kickoff return.
Mason Veillux scored for the Knights from 16 yards out on a blocked punt and a 17-yard interception return. Vos added touchdown throws of 5 yards to Chris Saenz and 35 yards to Kalvin Prins and Zach Davis rounded out the RC scoring parade with a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.