In the first quarter alone, the Ripon High School football team experienced a whirlwind of emotions last week Friday.
After scoring touchdowns with ease its first two drives of the game to take a 14-0 lead, Ripon quickly allowed two touchdowns and found itself right back where it started: all tied up.
But players didn’t let the shell-shock that momentarily took place affect them like they may have done earlier this season. Instead, the Tigers fought back to win their Homecoming game over Fox Valley Lutheran (FVL) 44-33.
It is their first Homecoming victory since 2009, when it defeated Freedom 40-12. It’s also just their second win of the season.
“I think overall, our kids didn’t panic,” Ripon head coach Mike Yoder said. “And that’s something that we were talking about all week ... I said at the end of the game that we did some things that we haven’t done all year and, for the most part, we were able to stay consistent.
“[The win] was important, especially for our kids. Confidence levels have been shaken a little bit this year and our kids worked their butts off this week ... So it was important to come out and actually get a good outcome with a victory [last week] Friday night …”
Another reason why the Tigers (2-4 conference, 2-4 overall) were able to come out on top last week Friday was the play of Brock Moldenhauer and Trevor Robichaud.
Read the full story in the Oct. 3, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.