Cameron Gruenwald, right, breaks up a pass to end the game as Bennett Groves (28) backs him up.
Cameron Gruenwald, right, breaks up a pass to end the game as Bennett Groves (28) backs him up.

   For the past 17 years, the Doehling-Heselton Memorial Trophy has had a spot in the office of Ripon College football coach Ron Ernst.

   It will stay there for at least another year.

   The Red Hawks defeated the Lawrence Vikings for the 18th-consecutive year last week Saturday, winning the rivalry game 14-7 at the Banta Bowl in Appleton.

   “It’s always nice to win that game,” Ernst said. “We have now had the trophy for 18 consecutive years and that means a lot to our alums. I heard from a lot of them before the game really encouraging us to keep it, and then afterwards congratulating us after retaining it. But it is something that’s important to all of us.”

   The win also improved Ripon’s division record to 3-2 and put it in a three-way tie for second place to end the regular season.

   It wound up on the wrong end of the tiebreakers as it will face Cornell Saturday in a crossover game for seventh place.

   Despite coming out on top for yet another year, the victory didn’t come easy for the Red Hawks.

   The game was scoreless for the first quarter and a half until Ripon found the end zone twice in the final six minutes of the second quarter, and the Red Hawks needed a late defensive stop to seal the win.

   Ripon got on the board first with 5 minutes, 40 seconds left in the first half on a Julian Patton 1-yard touchdown run. The score came off of a short field as a bad punt gave it the ball at Lawrence’s 28-yard line.

Read the full story, which includes information on a couple key drives late in the game, see the story in the Nov. 9. 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.