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Price, Chiefs pound Panthers in TVYFL opener
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The Ripon Chiefs varsity squad is off to a great start in 2011 after last year’s varsity contingent captured the Trans Valley Youth Football League championship.

Led by quarterback Nick Price, Ripon pasted the host Tracy Panthers 49-8 Saturday at West High.

Price was in on four touchdowns: a 7-yard scamper, a 35-yard run, a 5-yard pass to Eli Valadez  and a 70-yard kickoff return to open the second half.

It didn’t take the Chiefs long to impose their will. On their first drive, fullback Daelon Arriola rambled for a long rush spanning over 30 yards to set up Price’s 7-yard score.

Tracy’s first drive ended in a punt, which was blocked by Matthew Ysit and returned 12 yards to paydirt by Sebastian Gonzalez.

Adolfo Sanchez’s 12-yard run capped Ripon’s first-half barrage, with ended with a comfortable 36-0 cushion.

Caleb McCusker padded the lead with a 60-yard touchdown in the second half. Steven Crescini handled kicking duties and booted six points

Ripon will host Linden for its Week 2 matchup Saturday at Ripon High.



Junior varsity

Chiefs 20, Panthers 6


Quarterback Logan Orlando hooked up with Alex Padilla twice for touchdown strikes of 12 and 20 yards and capped the final score with a keeper late in the second half.

Andrew Durrer highlighted the defense with an interception and a fumble recovery.



Novice

Panthers 13, Chiefs 6


Roland Davis broke free for a 70-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, but that was one of few highlights on offense in a game dominated by the defenses.

The Chiefs hoped to build some momentum off their lone touchdown, which closed them in 7-6, by opting to go with an onside kick on the next play. They recovered, but the offense failed to deliver points.