At one point Ripon Christian had landed its second punch, trailed by a point and seemed to be in for a fight for the Ripon Rivalry Bowl Trophy. By the end of the night, Ripon High asserted itself in a big way, extending its Ripon Bowl victory streak to seven games with a 62-13 win Friday.
The Indians raced off to five first-quarter touchdowns, getting scores from Josh McCreath, Cole Herrin, Michael Morris and two from Anthony Baciocco. The Indians matched touchdowns with Ripon Christian early, but then the Knights stopped scoring.
“It was expected to be a one-sided game with them suiting up only 18,” Ripon head coach Chris Johnson said. “The hats have to go off to them. They had a good game plan and their kids played hard. They popped us right in the mouth with a 90-yard score and my kids were kind of shell-shocked for a minute.
“But they responded well, scored another touchdown and after that just kind of wore them down.”
Ripon Christian struck with a 90-yard pass play to Andrew Brown from Danny Vos. Brown would find pay dirt again from seven-yards-out for the Knights’ final score.
Ripon opened the second quarter with a commanding 35-13 lead, adding a touchdown each from Baciocco and Morris for a 49-13 halftime lead. Bradley Clark would culminate the Indians’ offensive eruption with a 17 yard touchdown and a 66 yard scoring run.
Kyle Wengel was efficient running the offense, completing 7 of 12 passes for 152 yards and a score. The Indians rolled up 614 yards of total offense, displaying its potential when everything is clicking.
Ripon (3-0) has done everything right thus far this season, setting themselves up for a highly-anticipated run through the always challenging Trans Valley League.
“We know we are a good football team,” Johnson said of his group. “I think our kids understand that we’re a good team, but we have a long ways to go. We have a lot of stuff to work on and our toughest games are still ahead of us.
“And our kids understand that.”