The Ripon Knights varsity used a running-back-by-committee approach to put up three first-half scores on the way to a 43-13 win over the El Capitan Gauchos on Saturday at Ripon Christian High School in Trans-Valley Youth Football League action.
Kyle Jacklich, Nick Creighton and Michael Kamps took turns running the ball with Marcello Longstreth and Cade Alger calling signals and directing the offense.
Jacklich scored three first-half touchdowns behind the line of Evan Nunes, Mikey Gunning, Drew Van Vliet, Reagan Kelley, Greg Ricketts. Noel Guiterrez, Spencer Olberman and Mark Velasquez. Creighton added two second-half touchdowns.
The suffocating defensive line for Ripon was led by Drew Van Vliet, Evan Nunes, Greg Ricketts, Marcello Longstreth and Regan Kelley with strong effort in the secondary from Ethan Cormier, Luke Mensonides, Michael Kamps, Trey Longstreth, Max Steele, Keith Gagnon and Cade Alger.
Merced Gauchos 18,
Ripon Knights 0
The Knights held the Gauchos scoreless in the second half but could not manage any points.
Armando Torres, Garrett Bryan, Wyatt Van Vliet, Sean McGovern, Josh Grabowski and Luke Weaver all had standout games on defense for Ripon.
The Knights offense appeared to get on track in the second half but got derailed when running back Sean McGovern was forced to leave the game due to injury.
Merced Gauchos 40,
Ripon Knights 0
No individual results provided.
No score is kept at this level, and although outnumbered 30-13 Preston Zuidervaart tallied a touchdown for Ripon on the first play via a 40 yard touchdown.
Defensively, Carson Sanders, Anden Ries and Zach Grabowski played well.