The Ripon Knights used a balanced and pounding attack to defeat the Denair Lions 40-8 on Saturday at Ripon Christian High School to sew up the first seed and an opening-round bye in the upcoming Trans-Valley Youth Football League playoffs.
Marcello Longstreth ran for an 8-yard touchdown and threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Cormier. Isaac Killingbeck scored on a 55-yard run, Nick Creighton from 4 yards out and Michael Kamps on a 3-yard run. Cade Alger was 5 for 5 on conversion kicks.
Ripon’s offensive line of Evan Nunes, Reagan Kelley, Mikey Gunning, Noel Guiterrez and Greg Ricketts dominated their opponent. Kyle Jacklich, Michael Kamps, Nick Creighton, Trey Longstreth, Keith Gagnon, Alger, Noel Gutierrez, Evan Nunes, Spencer Olbermann, Diego Paez and Gregory Ricketts played well on defense for the Knights.
Knights 13, Lions 7
The Knights took a 13-0 lead into the fourth quarter before giving up a late score.
Nolan Lingley broke a 65-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for Ripon and Sean McGovern dove in for a touchdown from 2 yards out in the third quarter.
Jacob Van Groningan had a pair of quarterback sacks for the Knights and teammate Drake Nelson played outstanding defense. Ripon will play in the first round of the playoffs this weekend and a place and time to be determined.
Lions 13, Knights 2
Mitch Lill had a 50-yard reception from Jace Biedleman for the Knights.
Griffin de Abreu and Evan Jeffery led the Ripon defense and Thys Van Der Hoek, Jacob Cormier, Jaylin Jackson, Christopher Cavazos, Colton Bryan, de Abreu, Nic Schatmeier, Jay Azavedo, Jake Eastwood, Beidleman, Michael Oneil, Evan Jeffery, Lill and Tyler Jacklich led the Knights defense.
Preston Zuidervaart, Hunter Steele, and Zachary Grabowski had touchdown runs for the Knights.
Carson Sanders, Ignacio Acuna, and Gage Stiern added to the offensive attack for Ripon.
Anthony Richardson, Sam Romero, Anden Ries, Zachary Walmer, Grabowski, Marco Lozano, Steele, Acuna, Sanders, Zuidervaart, and Stiern all played well on defense for the Knights.