Bulletin staff reports
RIPON — Ripon Christian broke in its new stadium in grand style Friday with a 52-0 shellacking of Mountain House, outgaining the Mustangs 447 yards to 28 in non-league football action.
“Our boys were prepared to play defensively,” Knights coach Trey Ozenbaugh said. “We are strong up front and their kids fought hard from beginning to end, but they are a growing program. They have lots of talent but we have experience, and our camp during the summer really helped us.
“It was certainly a blessing for us to open this stadium with a win like this. Sometimes the hype can get to be too much for something like this, but I was happy with the maturity we showed.”
Seth Silveira had a monster game for the Ripon Christian, racking up 167 yards rushing on 12 carries with a 12-yard touchdown run. Travis Zuidervaart (6 of 10 passing, 104 yards, no interceptions) threw touchdown passes of 6 and 26 yards to Jonah Lewis with Lewis scoring a third touchdown on an 81-yard punt return.
The rest of the scoring for Ripon Christian was spread around with Derek Dotinga (six carries, 54 yards) scoring on a 21-yard run, Connor McGovern from 82 yards out, William Hoekstra on a 4-yard run and Will Kamps on a 51-yard fumble recovery.
Kamps had two sacks and Zach Cortwright an interception.
West 12, Lathrop 7
LATHROP — Two minutes can make a big difference.
Locked in a scoreless battle through the first half, the Wolf Pack scored 12 points in two minutes in the third period and held on for the non-league road win at Bennie Gatto Field.
Dion Collier pulled in a 42-yard touchdown pass from James Gibbons to spot West (1-0) to a 6-0 lead and the Wolf Pack quickly made it 12-0 on a 33-yard run from Marcel Dancy.
With six minutes remaining in the game Diego Chavez threw a 47-yard scoring pass to R.J. Tisdell to draw the Spartans (0-1) within 12-7. After stopping West at the Lathrop 8-yard line with 1:41 remaining, the Spartans took over for one last valiant effort,
Chavez led Lathrop downfield with time running down and got to the Wolf Pack 20 with two seconds remaining but a last-second throw into the end zone was off the mark and West held on for the thrilling win.