With seconds left to play, the Red Hawk football team’s defense found itself with its back against the end zone. Would Grinnell punch through?

Sure enough, the Pioneers’ Matt Siff found a hole with 18 seconds left for a 1-yard touchdown rush.

The bad news? It prevented the Red Hawks from extending their touchdown-free streak to 14-straight quarters.

The good news? The touchdown meant little in the big picture of last week Saturday’s road game.

Ripon (3-1 overall) easily beat the Pioneers 53-7, out-distancing Grinnell (1-3 overall) in nearly every facet of the game.

“We certainly felt good going in that we were the stronger team,” Ripon College head football coach Ron Ernst said. “That was the challenge we gave to the kids all week: to play up to our ability ...

“I felt for the most part, we did that yesterday.”

It would be hard to find fault in the Hawks’ performance overall.

Ripon out-gained Grinnell 442 yards to 182, with 343 of those yards coming on the ground.

Read the full story, which includes information on a dominant defensive performance, in the Oct. 4, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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