SONORA — Ripon coach Chris Musseman found a silver lining in having to play Grace Davis on Thursday night next week.
The Indians won’t have enough time to review game film from Friday’s 69-7 loss to Sonora they’d rather forget. Quarterback Josh Rogers led three Sonora rushers with more than 100 yards each, ran for two scores and threw for another.
The Wildcats (3-0), coming off a Sac-Joaquin Section Division V title run, struck early and often, taking a 34-0 lead into the second quarter while registering 55 unanswered points until Ryan Daggett got Ripon (1-2) on board with a 31-yard pass to Tino Raygoza late in the first half.
“We’re moving forward,” Musseman said. “We can’t dwell on this anomaly because we’re not going to see teams like this again. That was just a physically-better-at-every-spot kind of team. They were scoring every two or three plays in the first half.”
Ryan Wilson led Ripon with 55 yards on 10 rushes, while Brendan Fugit added 46 on 10 touches. Standout receiver Aaron Pascini saw limited time after injuring his shoulder in last week’s win at Galt.
“He played one series and had a catch but I pulled him after that,” Musseman said. “By that time they’re up 34 points. He has the rest of the season to get ready for, so it wasn’t worth keeping him out there.”