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Patterson, Armstrong lead Chiefs comeback
A Ripon Chief defender gets in the middle of a pass for an interception during Saturday’s junior varsity contest against the Modesto Rams at Ripon High. - photo by Photo Contributed
RIPON — Marcus Clark’s 25-yard touchdown reception from Marcus Patterson completed the Ripon Chiefs’ second-half comeback that culminated into a 26-20 victory over the visiting Modesto Rams in Trans Valley League varsity action Saturday.

Davis Armstrong preserved the victory with an interception, his second of the contest, on the Rams’ final drive. He also recovered a fumble for another turnover.

Patterson keyed the comeback charge with a 70-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and after a big defensive stand the Chiefs closed in 20-18 on Michael Morris’ 25-yard scoring jaunt. Nicholas Sharp tied it at 20 with the 2-point conversion. Patterson also had a 20-yard TD run in the second quarter.

The Chiefs will return to action Saturday back at Ripon High where the Tri-City Bulldogs will meet them.

Junior varsity
Saints 48, Jr. Buffaloes 0
With five players out with the flu, the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes climbed an uphill battle from the outset. The Jr. Buffs struggled for the second straight week to get going on the offensive end, as Alex Martell accounted for most of the production with 21 yards on six rushes. Quarterback Donald Sanchez completed two of three passes for 15 yards.

Shaheen Argand recorded four tackles and a sack to lead the defense. Jacob Bechtel also had four tackles.

Chiefs 27, Rams 14
Ripon had many contributors on the offensive end in the victory. Dwight Jackson hit Luciano Gonzalez for a 30-yard touchdown and later ran in six more on a 60-yard quarterback keeper in the fourth.

Luke Robinson and Angelo Baciocco also punched in TDs from the ground.

Chiefs 21, Rams 0
Zach Bailey set the tone with a fumble recovery on the opening kickoff. The Chiefs got on board in the second quarter on Aaron Pascini’s 32-yard scamber. Logan Orlando’s TD run coupled with Alex Padilla’s 2-point conversion gave Ripon all the insurance it needed going into halftime.

Andrew Durrer capped the final scorer with a 1-yard plunge in the fourth. The defense was led by Marcello Longstretch, R.J. Davis and Tyler Harris.

Junior Novice
Chiefs vs. Rams
Roland Davis, Cade McCusker, Gregory Clark, Adam Wood and Cody Raichel contributed with TDs. Aiden Nilson and Ethan Orcutt were also key contributors.

Jr. Buffaloes vs. Saints
Elmer Medina gained the bulk of his 62 rushing yards on a 45-yard scoring run. Gino Allen and Jacob Frisk combined for 67 from the backfield.

Tyler Kiser and Ty Griggs shared time under center and did a good job of commanding the offense.

Austine Greene shined on defense, finishing with seven tackles and a sack. David Hines and Allen each contributed a sack.
—Jonamar Jacinto