Isaac Norman scored four touchdowns Friday to lead Ripon Christian High past Delhi at Stouffer Field, 33-6.
It was the second straight win for the Knights, who improved to 2-3 in the Southern League, 2-6 overall.
“We want to close out the season strong,” said RC coach John Vander Schaaf, who is preparing his team to face Waterford next week.
Against Delhi, he praised the efforts of Z-back David Kramer and tight end Cody Kepler for paving the way for the ground game.
Norman, of course, was the beneficiary, breaking loose for a 70-yard touchdown midway through the opening quarter.
The best was yet to come for the senior running back. In the second quarter, Norman had scoring runs of 54-and 34- yards, capping off his stellar outing with a 65-yard punt return.
The Knights rolled into the halftime with a 27-0 advantage.
Ripon Christian made it 33-0 on James Vander Schaaf’s 81-yard TD run.
Defensively, Adam McKay led the charge with six tackles. Michael Brown was credited with eight stops, registering two tackles and six assists. Jordan Goslinga had tackle and six assists.
Delhi dropped to 0-5 in the league, 1-7 overall.
TRANS VALLEY LEAGUE
Ripon 20, Modesto Christian 0
The Indians kept their playoff hopes alive with a strong fourth quarter at Modesto Christian.
In the process, Ripon (2-2, 4-4) registered its second straight Trans Valley League victory.
Indian coach Chris Johnson believed that the wet conditions affected both teams early on. “Twice we were inside the 5 (in the first half) and came away empty,” he said.
Johnson added, “Modesto Christian is still tough team.”
He praised the play of fullback Mariano Villalobos and halfback Louie Mejia.
But it was quarterback Jake McCreath who continued to play impressively since taking over for the injured Alex Gustin.
“He’s done a good job of managing our team,” Johnson said.
Next up for Ripon is Riverbank, which will visit Stouffer Field for the TVL clash.