Le Grand 6 0 0 0 – 6
Ripon Christian 7 17 14 0 – 38
R — Eli Terpsma 25 pass from Trey Fasani (Ethan Schenk kick), 9:04
L — Alexis Grenados 1 run (kick fail), 6:08
R — Thys Van Der Hoek 4 pass from Fasani (Schenk kick), 7:06
R — Griffin De Abreu 37 pass from Fasani (Schenk kick), 3:41
R — Schenk 27 field goal, 0:35.2
R — Grant Sonke, 5 run (Schenk kick), 9:22
R — Derek Van Elderen 7 run (Schenk kick), 2:52
Ripon Christian’s Trey Fasani threw for three first-half touchdowns Friday night to set the tone early as the Knights downed visiting Le Grand 38-6 in Southern League action.
Fasani finished 12 of 18 passing for 187 yards along with five carries for 42 yards with three passing touchdowns. His first scoring throw was for 25 yards to Eli Terpsma. In the second quarter, Thys Van Der Hoek (four catches, 59 yards) pulled in a 4-yard scoring throw from Fasani and then following a busted play, from deep in his backfield Fasani pulled a rabbit out of his hat and got the ball 37 yards downfield to Griffin De Abreu (three catches, 56 yards) for a touchdown.
With 2:28 left in the first half, Jace Biedleman intercepted a pass, setting up a 27-yard field goal by Ethan Schenk with 35.2 seconds left for a 24-6 Knights halftime lead.
Ripon Christian (3-1 SL, 5-2 overall) added a pair of rushing touchdowns in the third quarter with workhorse Grant Sonke (15 carries, 112 yards) on a 5-yard run and on a 7-yard run by Derek Van Elderen (seven carries, 63 yards; two catches, 39 yards).
Julian Bucio kept the Bulldogs (2-2, 5-2) in the game early, completing five of his first seven passes for 74 yards. The Knights defense then stepped up, forcing Bucio to miss six of his next seven throws and complete just three more after that.
Jacob Kowes (forced fumble) and Eli Terpsma led the Ripon Christian defense with 10 tackles each. Dustin Hoekstra made seven tackles, defended a pass and blocked a conversion kick and Beidleman made four tackles.
Next Friday, the Knights travel to Mariposa and Le Grand goes to Gustine with both games slated to kick off at 7:15 p.m.
Livingston 20, Ripon 19
Israel Padilla caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Guillen in the final minute, as the Wolves (1-2, 3-4 overall) came away with a much-needed Trans-Valley League win.
Ripon (2-2, 4-4) trailed 14-0 in the first half after giving up two rushing touchdowns to Carlos Baez (24 rushes, 91 yards) and Sebastian Casanova. The Indians responded with 19 unanswered points, as Xzavier Clark scored on two short-yardage scampers and a 47-yard pass from Ty Herrin.
Clark finished with 47 rushing yards and 68 receiving. Trent Vink added 43 yards on seven rushes.
Ripon has its bye next week and will host rival Escalon on Oct. 22.
Lathrop 33, Grace Davis 12
Jimari Dove set the tone for Lathrop (3-1, 4-3 overall) in this pivotal Western Athletic Conference showdown, returning the opening kickoff 85 yards to the house.
Special teams struck again for the Spartans’ second score, as Kameron Jones scooped up a muffed punt from Grace Davis and returned it 45 yards. Jones also had an interception and a rushing touchdown in the first half, leading Lathrop to a comfortable 27-6 halftime lead.
Lathrop will look to make it three straight victories next week at winless Johansen.