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Ripon Chiefs roll to stay undefeated in TVYFL
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The varsity Ripon Chiefs rolled to a 3-0 record in the Trans Valley Youth Football League behind solid all-around play in their 36-0 drubbing of the Salida Steelers at Salida Middle School Saturday.

Just minutes into the contest, the Chiefs already had an 18-0 lead thanks to their quick-striking ability on offense coupled with some big plays on defense and special teams that gave them short fields to work with.

Nick Price scored the first of his three touchdowns on Ripon’s opening drive, reeling in a 10-yard touchdown pass from QB Dwight Jackson on a broken play. Nick Sharp nailed the 2-point conversion kick.

After forcing a three-and-out, Ripon defensive end Trent Murphy blocked Salida’s ensuing punt to set the offense up in the red zone. Price rushed in a 10-yard touchdown scamper up the middle, and Sharp’s second conversion kick made it 18-0.

The Steelers mishandled the kickoff and were forced to start their next series on their own 1. That allowed Sharp to pounce from the defensive side for a safety and a 20-0 lead. With possession back in the hands of the Chiefs, Nick Navarro scored Ripon’s next touchdown on a 10-yard screen play. Jackson later hooked up with Mateo Hernandez and Price for his third and fourth TD passes of the contest.

Defensive linemen Ricardo Martin, Cody Haines and Daelon Arriola dominated the line of scrimmage for Ripon.

The Central Saints of Modesto visits the Chiefs Saturday at Ripon High.

Junior varsity
Steelers 22, Chiefs 18
The Chiefs scored all three of their touchdowns on big plays: Caleb McCusker a 75-yard kickoff return, McCusker again on an 80-yard run back from an interception and QB Andrew Durrer a 75-yard pass to Aaron Paschini.

Ripon had the ball on the final drive of the game but was unable to convert.

Zachary Bailey, Logan Orlando, Matthew Dedonatis and Dylan Lopez were the Chiefs leaders on defense.

Knights 37, Bees 0
At Ripon Christian Saturday, the Ripon Knights cruised past the Keyes Bees in TVYFL action.

Hunter Petlansky, Connor McGovern, Mark Ozenbaugh, Jacob Groshong, Jacob Beukelman and Travis Zuidervaart scored touchdowns for the Knights. Myles Kinsey, Jack Weaver and Brian Thomas contributed extra-point conversions.

The defense pitched its second shutout of the season and even contributed a quarterback sack for a safety to the team’s score.

The Knights will next play host to the Hughson Huskies Saturday back at Ripon Christian.

Steelers 20, Chiefs 0
The Ripon Chiefs’ bend-but-not-break defense finally broke late in the third quarter when Salida struck with the first points of the game.

Anthony Sanchez, Donovan Fontillas, Adam Wood and Erick Jaquez anchored Ripon’s stout defensive play.

Knights 18, Bees 6
The Ripon Knights posted their first novice-division victory Saturday at Ripon Christian.

Austin Officer led Ripon’s offense, while Phillip Allen was the standout on defense.