Nick Price was a part of the Ripon Chiefs’ first four touchdown plays in a 30-8 throttling of the visiting Linden Lions Saturday at Stouffer Field.
The varsity Chiefs are 2-0 going into this upcoming Saturday’s rivalry contest — dubbed the Almond Bowl — with the Ripon Knights.
After the defense set the tone with physical play from Daelon Arriola and Cody Haines, Price and the offense immediately went to work on their first drive that was capped by a 15-yard pass to Daniel Van Lewen.
Price struck again on the Chiefs’ next possession with a 5-yard pass to Jacob Xavier, as Ripon took a 12-0 lead into halftime.
Ripon opened the second half with the ball and stretched its lead with Price’s 20-yard scramble to paydirt. The scoring play was set up by Price’s 30-yard toss to Xavier. Price’s final touchdown came on a 70-yard punt return.
Steven Crescini tallied the Chiefs’ final points on defense, as he stripped the ball away and took it 60 yards the other direction.
The Chiefs’ varsity squad will face the Knights at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ripon Christian School.
Chiefs 38, Lions 0
Quarterback Logan Orlando connected with Alex Padilla for a pair of 60-yard touchdowns in the first half, helping Ripon mount a 32-0 advantage by the break.
Andrew Durrer contributed a 45-yard touchdown strike to James Gaalswyk. The rest of Ripon’s scores came on the ground: Steven Deulus from 25 yards out, Anthony Sanchez from 55 ouyt and Luke Navarro from 60 out.
Chiefs 25, Lions 0
Derric Roy and the Chiefs did all their scoring in the first half, and it proved to be plenty enough.
Roy found the end zone three times, including a 45-yard run that broke the scoreless tie. Cade McCusker accounted for Ripon’s other touchdown.