The Ripon Chiefs trounced the Kingsmen at last weekend’s Trans Valley Youth Football League affair at Modesto Christian High, 32-0.
The varsity squad received strong efforts from Jacob Duxbury and Caleb McCusker, who broke loose on a 35-yard touchdown run early on.
Duxbury not only helped the ground game, but he and Drake Vizcarra also gathered an interception each and were part of the goal-line stance that helped preserve the shutout.
Daelon Arriola had a 7-yard TD run. Quarterback Nick Price hit Duxbury on a big pass play to set up the score.
On defense, Vizcarra and Matthew Ysit came up with a deflected pass and blocked punt, respectively.
In addition, Alfonso Sanchez and Angelo Baciocco had a touchdown each for the Chiefs. Steven Crescinito was again reliable on his extra-point tries.
Ripon will host Escalon Saturday at Stouffer Field.
Chiefs 13, Kingsmen 0
Luis Candido and Alex Padilla set the tone defensively for the unbeaten Chiefs.
Andrew Durrer and Zach Bailey and Mitch Ulrich also made contributions to the cause.
A scoreless first half was followed by an interception by Chief Aaron Paschini, who returned the theft 45 yards to the Modesto Christian 1. Quarterback Logan Orlando punched the ball in for the score coupled with Padilla’s run on the conversion to further boost the lead.
Matthew Dedonatis added the other Ripon score, getting it on a 40-yard run. He extinguished any comeback hopes from the Kingsmen with his late interception.
Kingsmen 26, Chiefs 18
Derric Roy had an 80-yard touchdown run early on and Michael Solario, Roland Davis, and Tyler Escobar anchored a tough Ripon defense.
Roy, who scored three TDs, later had a 70-yard scoring run.
In addition, Philip D’Angelo recovered an onside kick.
But all that wasn’t enough. Modesto Christian rallied to beat the Chiefs, preserving the victory with a time-consuming, fourth-quarter scoring drive.