LIVINGSTON — Ripon goes into its bye week still undefeated after stomping Livingston 49-0 on Friday while racking up a second straight shutout and fourth for the season.
The Indians (3-0, 7-0 overall) remain in step with also-unbeaten Modesto Christian atop the Trans-Valley League standings, but the schedule gets tougher from here. They’ll head to rival Escalon (0-2, 4-2) on Oct. 12. Escalon has dropped two heartbreakers against Hilmar and Modesto Christian to start TVL play.
“This has been a three-week span we’ve been dreading as a coaching staff,” Ripon coach Chris Musseman said. His squad routed Riverbank 74-0 on homecoming last week.
“It’s tough to keep focus during a stretch like that, but the kids did a really good job of preparing, being ready to play and ending these games early. I don’t think getting focused for Escalon will be a problem.”
Ripon rang up 21 points in each of the first two quarters on Friday.
Quarterback Ryan Daggett completed four of five passes for 57 yards, including 31- and 17-yard touchdowns to Roland Davis and Nico Ilardi in the first quarter. Daggett also rushed for an 85-yard touchdown, finishing with 138 yards on the ground on just three attempts.
Davis added a 75-yard TD scamper, Danny Hernandez opened the floodgates with a 9-yard run and Grant Wiebe scored from a yard out in the third quarter. Gregory Clark contributed a defensive touchdown when he recovered a fumble in the end zone. Brandon Rainer forced the fumble and also had an interception.
“We thought we’d get a little bit more of a challenge because they have a lot of guys and some good athletes,” Musseman said. “The execution wasn’t quite there for them tonight, and our kids executed really well.”
Ripon 21 21 7 0 — 49
Livingston 0 0 0 0 — 0
R—Danny Hernandez 9 run (Nathan Valdez kick), 8:46.
R—Roland Davis 31 pass from Ryan Daggett (Valdez kick), 4:49.
R—Nico Ilardi 17 pass from Daggett (Valdez good), 0:28.
R—Gregory Clark fumble return (Valdez kick), 10:42.
R—Davis 75 run (Valdez kick), 5:11
R—Daggett 85 run (Valdez kick), 2:56.
R—Grant Wiebe 1 run (kick), 4:24.