DENAIR – Jace Beidleman threw for three touchdowns and ran for one more to lead the Ripon Knights junior varsity to a 30-6 Trans-Valley Youth Football League win over the Denair Lions at Denair High School on Saturday.
Preston Zuidervaart made two touchdown receptions and Rey Galindo one and was joined by Thys Van der Hoek to lead the Ripon receiving corps. Carson Sanders, Brooks Wheatley, Chase Bogetti and Mason Bogetti paced the balanced Knights ground game behind the offensive line of Jacob Camper, Rogelio Gonzalez, Anden Ries, Chris Cavasos, Owen Wilbur, Stanley Kensic and Carson Bunnell.
After allowing an opening-drive touchdown the stingy Ripon defense led by Dawson Downs, Andrew Mensonides and Griffin De Abreu shut the Lions the rest of the way.
Ripon Knights 12,
Denair Lions 6
Hunter Steele scored from 30 yards out with seven seconds left in the game to seal the Knights victory.
Steele had 113 yards on the ground and Nikko Juarez (119 yards rushing) had a 49-yard touchdown run.
Quentin Clark (38 yards rushing) and Randy Baber (20 yards) contributed to the narly 300 rushing yards behind the offensive line of Brady Rossi, Mario Garcia, Joshua Jacobson, Logan Hargis, Matthew Chapman, Johnathan Azevedo, Jimmy Heida III, Braden Schaapman and Jesse Healy.
Roman Guzman led the Ripon defense with Matthew Chapman recovering a fumble and Steele and Juarez both had an interception.
Ripon Knights, Denair Lions (no score kept at this level)
The Knights scored five touchdowns.
Gavin Decena (70 yards rushing) scored twice and Jax Booth (58 yards rushing), Kaeo Sanchez (47 yards rushing) and Christian Chavez (30 yards rushing) each scored once with the holes opened by the offensive line of Nate New, Jesse Walker, Alex Bettencourt, Jaiden Chandar, Jayden Huber, Wyatt Prime, Alas Rader, and Andrew Riberiro.
Landon Corcoran, Mason Durao, Anthony Alves, Mason Brum, Evan Gyger, Keegan Kosaka, Dylan Parker, Logan Qualls, Carmelo Rodriguez, Caelan Johnston and Sanchez (interception) led the Ripon defense that held the Lions to one touchdown.