MODESTO – The Ripon Christian sophomore football teamed kicked off its 2010 football season in style, pounding host Big Valley Christian 33-0 in both school’s season opener.
The Knights were faced with little challenge in their first action of the season, building a quick 20-0 halftime lead and never losing focus. Ripon Christian scored twice in the opening period and basically put things away with their lone score of the second period.
“Defensively, we did a great job of containing the outside and swarming to the football,” Ripon Christian head coach Michael Dotinga said. “As a unit, we only gave up four first downs all night.”
With Big Valley stifled by the Knights’ suffocating defense, the RC offense flourished behind the play of starting quarterback Danny Vos. Vos was efficient to say the least, finishing 5-for-8, 131 yards and two TDs.
Brandon Dotinga hauled in a pair of touchdown grabs, while Vos was able to push one across on the ground in the midst of picking up nearly 50 yards rushing. Andrew Brown also had a strong performance, picking up 117 yards on the ground and a score.
“We had a very balanced offense,” coach Dotinga said. “Danny (Vos) did a great job spreading the football around.
“Andrew (Brown) ran the ball very well, breaking a lot of tackles.”
Dalton Koslosky rushed for 37 yards on eight carries, while David Henderson, Spencer Hower and Brown all made catches from Vos.
The Knights will try and remain perfect as they travel to long-time rival Ripon High to take on the Indians Sept. 11.
The Timberwolves were unable to open the season in the fashion they would have liked, getting blown out by the visiting Encohs Eagles 33-0.
“I am very disappointed in how we played tonight,” Sierra head coach Dan Duke said. “We have a long way to go and a lot of work to do.”
Duke was pleased with the efforts of Kenneth Matella on the offensive side of the ball, and Kyle Kuperus defensively. Sierra will look to get back on the right track Thursday when they travel to Modesto to take on Davis High.
— Jagada Chambers