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Ripon Chiefs varsity, novice fall short in MVFL Super Bowl
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Ripon Chiefs ball carrier Ace Dougherty evades Owen Shahan of Calaveras in the Motherlode Valley Football League Novice Super Bowl. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

HUGHSON — After the Ripon Chiefs varsity went toe to toe with the Hughson Huskies for most of three quarters, Hughson scored the game’s final 19 points to pull away and win the Motherlode Valley Football League 39-24 at Husky Memorial Stadium.

Garrison Reis (11 of 22 passing, 107 yards; nine carries, 36 yards) put Ripon ahead 8-6 with a 10-yard scoring run in the first quarter. Xzavier Clark (four receptions, 62 yards) bumped that lead to 16-6 on a 43-yard halfback pass from Kaden MacDannald (four receptions, 30 yards; 13 carries, 57 yards) and MacDannald gave the Chiefs their last lead at 24-20 in the third quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run. Jesus Ochoa made all three of his conversion kicks and had four receptions for 58 yards. 

Reis blocked a conversion kick and made nine tackles. MacDannald added seven stops, Skyler Ortiz (interception, tipped pass) and Clark five apiece and Ochoa, Rylan McDonald and Ty Herrin four apiece. Julian Meyers, Eli Buck and Frank Teicheira IV all contributed on defense.


Calaveras Jr. Reds 34, 

Ripon Chiefs 6

The clock struck midnight for the valiant Chiefs, a hybrid team made up of junior novice and novice players that won six straight coming into the Super Bowl. The size and experience of the Jr. Reds eventually wore Ripon down.

The Chiefs got on the board in the third quarter when Xabriel Reyes pulled in a pass from Ace Dougherty and galloped 52 yards to make the score 28-6. In addition to 78 yards receiving, Reyes had 35 yards rushing. 

Reyes (interception) and Dougherty led the Ripon defense with six tackles apiece. Kaiden Romero added four stops and Jacob Dood three.

DYF Novice

Chargers 19, 

Modesto Vikings 13 (OT)

TRACY — The third-seeded Chargers edged the No. 2 Vikings in overtime at Wayne Schneider Stadium on Sunday.  

Adreil Cooks, Dom Roa and Darien East scored for Manteca with East’s score in overtime making the difference. Nicholes Holt and Keiante Wakefield also contributed on offense. 

Roa made eight tackles and Michael Torio (fumble recovery) added six stops.

Manteca will play in the South Conference Championship on Saturday at noon in Tracy at Kimball High.

The Dublin Fighting Irish defeated the Chargers at the varsity and JV levels.

Jr. Novice

Chargers 31, 

Modesto Vikings 0

The No. 2 Manteca defense stifled the third-seeded Vikings.

Zack Behrbaum and Tobias Cox Jr. made seven tackles apiece, Junior Evans six and Jovanny Mendez (fumble recovery) five.

Junior Evans had a 40-yard touchdown run for the Chargers and returned a fumble 35 yards for another score. Cox scored on a 25-yard run, Josaiah Law-Lartigue scored on a 2-yard run and Behrbaum added another touchdown. Kaiden Riley did an outstanding job as quarterback.

Manteca will play in the South Conference Championship on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Tracy at Kimball High.

Cen-Cal peewee

Turlock Pride vs. Manteca Raiders, DeAndre Patterson had 85 yards rushing with a touchdown, six tackles and an interception for Manteca. 

Danny Olaguibel (25 yards rushing) added four tackles, Valentino Dominguez three with Anthony Tamez, Jaxon Hetrick and Jordan Murphy all contributing on defense for the Raiders.


Modesto Kingsmen 35, Ripon Knights 12

Ripon came up short Saturday in second-round playoff action.

Blake Stuit scored on a 63-yard touchdown sprint for the Knights and Hunter Steele added a 45-yard touchdown run. Chase Kosaka and Brody Nail also contributed on offense. 

Eddie Ramirez led Ripon a season-high 16 tackles. Brady Rossi added 10 stops; Chase Bunnell, Dax Bedielman, Mario Garcia, and Steele seven each; J.P. Abrew six; Konner Kibler and Matthew Chapman four apiece and Darren Van Groningen three with a fumble recovery. Also contributing on defense were Kosaka, Michael Pires, Landon Crawford, Ricky Van Unen, and Patrick Cory. 


Knights 28, 

Central Saints 0

The Knights novice punched their ticket to the Super Bowl with a convincing second-round playoff win.

Gavin Decena (14 carries, 111 yards) was the workhorse for Ripon, opening the game with a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown also adding touchdown runs of 12 and 55 yards. Kaeo Sanchez (four carries, 46 yards) scored from 42 yards out. 

The Knights defense got its eighth shutout of the season with Jax Booth and Kaeo Sanchez making nine tackles each followed by Landon Corcoran and Drew Walker with 7 tackles apiece, David Rowe with six stops and Cody Foster (two fumble recoveries) with four tackles and two fumble recoveries.

Ripon will face the Modesto Rams in Hilmar on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for the league championship.