The Ripon High School football team has proven it can play with good teams throughout the season.
Now, if it only could prevent opponents from making big plays.
The Tigers allowed three touchdowns of 39 yards or more — two of which came in a seven-minute stretch to begin the game — and couldn’t recover en route to a 28-14 loss to Berlin last week Friday.
“It’s definitely a blow to the confidence, but with these kids working as hard as they do throughout the week and being as resilient as they are, they’re able to [get back on track],” Ripon head coach Ronell Hubanks said, adding the big plays are a result of missed assignments and lack of communication.
That resiliency was on display again versus the rival Indians.
After falling behind 14-0 less than seven minutes into the game following a 65-yard touchdown run and 50-yard touchdown pass, the Tigers’ defense clamped down.
They did not allow another touchdown until early in the third quarter, when Berlin took over inches from the goal line after a bad snap on a punt and punched it in three plays later from six-yards out.
Ripon’s offense also played better after a slow start as it drove the ball down the field numerous times.
Read the full story, which includes information the Tigers' offense, in the Oct. 6, 2016 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.