The Ripon Knights varsity broke open a tight game with 34-unanswered second-half points in a 60-20 win over the Big Valley Sabercats in Trans-Valley Youth Football action.
Marcello Longstreth had 127 yards on eight carries with touchdown runs of 37 and 49 yards with 7-yard touchdown throws to Kyle Jacklich and Luke Mensonides. Jacklich had 17 carries for 76 yards with a 12-yard touchdown run and a 5-yard touchdown pass to Trey Longstreth. Nick Creighton (10 carries, 102 yards) had scoring runs of 3 and 49 yards. Michael Kamps rounded out the Knights scoring parade with a 49-yard touchdown run.
The Ripon offensive line of Drew Van Vliet, Evan Nunes, Reagan Kelley, Mikey Gunning and Greg Ricketts along with the defensive line of Noel Gutierrez, Evan Nunes and Van Vliet overpowered the Sabercats.
Jacklich and Trey Longstreth each had an interception and Kamps made nine tackles.
Knights 24, Sabercats 0
Nolan Lingley and Wyatt Van Vliet were each in on two touchdowns for the Knights.
Grabowski caught two 15-yard touchdown passes – one from Lingley and one from Josh Grabowski – and Lingley scored on a 10-yard run. Sean McGovern got the other Ripon touchdown on an interception return.
McGovern had a forced fumble and fumble recovery and Lingley an interception.
Sabercats 27, Knights 7
Jay Azevedo scored on a 70-yard run for the lone Knights touchdown.
Mitch Lill led the Ripon defense.
Zachary Grabowski had three touchdowns for the Knights.
Carson Sanders, Preston Zuidervaart, Hunter Steele, and Marco Lozano each had one touchdown for Ripon.
Gage Stiern fought off double teams to tally two sacks for the Knights and disrupt the Sabercats offense.
Sanders had an interception with solid defensive support from Steele, Lozano, Zuidervaart, Ignacio Acuna, Sammy Romero, Zachary Grabowski, Carter Austin, Anthony Richardson, Zachary Walmer and Anden Ries.