The Ripon College Red Hawk football team had to wait through a lightning delay before its game against Beloit last week Saturday.

   It didn’t wait long to score once the road contest finally began.

   The Red Hawks recorded four touchdowns in the first 16 minutes of the game, which included a 21-yard interception return by Lane Barnes, en route to a 52-28 victory.

   With the win, they improve to 1-1 in conference and 2-4 overall.

   “We got off to a great start,” Ripon head coach Ron Ernst said. “I thought our kids came out really focused, fired up and we made some big plays. [They] got a pick for a touchdown, were able to run the ball offensively very well and so it was just really great to see our kids have fun and flying around and moving the ball and doing good things.”

   The afternoon got off to a weird start for the Red Hawks as they were warming up for the game when lightning caused them to be directed back to their locker room.

   After sitting through the delay and coming back out to warm up again, Ripon wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as quarterback Julian Patton rushed the ball 38 yards for a touchdown on its fifth play of its first possession.

   It then added another touchdown on the fifth play of its second drive — this time on a 21-yard pass from Patton to Brett Garst — and notched a pick-six on Beloit’s ensuing possession to make it 21-0.

   “Our kids stayed pretty focussed and loose, and I thought they played extremely well and am very proud of them,” Ernst said of their response to the lightning delay."

Read the full story, which includes information on a big day by Patton and the offensive line, in the Oct. 19, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.