The Ripon Chiefs wasted little time moving the ball against the Escalon Outlaws at last Saturday’s Trans Valley Youth Football League affair at Stouffer Field.
In the 26-0 victory, Ripon’s Caleb McCusker initiated the attack with runs of 10- and 20- yards, setting up Daelon Arriola’s 25-yard touchdown run.
The Chiefs’ defense behind the standout efforts from Austin Escobar, Angelo Baciocco and Arriola kept the Outlaws in check through most of the game.
The Ripon scoring included Nick Price’s 60-yard touchdown run along with his 10-yard quarterback keeper following Jacob Xavier’s fumble recovery.
Price later hit Jacob Duxbury on the scoring toss.
In addition, the Chiefs relied on their ball-controlled ground game consisting of McCusker, Baciocco, and Elijah Valdez.
The Chiefs also got strong special teams play, particularly in the kicking game where Steven Crescini, who consistently rocketed his kickoffs, and Cody Haines, who delivered some big punts.
Chiefs 15, Outlaws 0
The Chiefs stayed unbeaten thanks to a balanced attack and depth on both offense and defense.
Logan Orlando and Matthew Dedonatis set the tone early on, and Isaac Adams alertly recovered an Outlaw fumble caused by Logan Orlando.
Orlando scored on a quarterback keeper in the first half and Aaron Paschini later delivered on a 10-yard touchdown run.
On defense, Luis Candido, James Gaalswyk and Mitch Ulrich were among the standouts. Zack Bailey had a sack.
In addition, Zach Hansen, Blake Grabar, Luis Candido, and Paschini contributed on defense.
Outlaws 14, Chiefs 6
Derric Roy’s 50-yard touchdown run coupled with the standout defensive efforts by Tyler Escobar, Michael Solario, Adam Wood and Gabe McCusker weren’t enough to propel Ripon past Escalon.
Chris Albritton also helped on defense, recovering an Outlaw fumble.
Ahead 6-0, Ripon saw its lead slowly slip away.
Escalon scored a third-quarter touchdown, but the Chiefs blocked the extra point to maintain a 6-6 tie.
The Outlaws were successful on recovering the ensuing on-side kick. Yet they were unable to score as the Ripon defense behind Roy, Adam Wood, Gregory Clark and Gunnar Bertsch held strong.
But Escalon caught a break, intercepting a pass that led to the winning score.