Last week Friday was suppose to be a joyous day for the Ripon High School Tiger football team.
Celebrating Homecoming against rival Waupun, it was looking to retain possession of the Little Brown Jug and strengthen its chances of a earning a playoff berth.
The joy quickly turned into frustration for the Tigers and their fans.
The Warriors methodically moved the ball down the field on their first possession, dinking and dunking their way to a touchdown.
It proved to be a sign of things to come as Ripon had no answer for Waupun on either side of the ball en route to a tough, 26-6 home loss.
With the loss, the Tigers drop to 1-3 in conference and 2-4 overall. They must win their last three games in order to make the playoffs.
“The performance wasn’t our best effort overall,” Ripon head coach Ronell Hubanks said. “Offensively, we were up and down; we sputtered and weren’t able to finish. Defensively, we were not so good against the pass. Run-wise we did OK, but once we got down, we were down. It’s more of an overall team thing; it’s no pointing at one person. It’s the team and the staff have to give a better overall effort.”
Read the full story, which includes information on few bright spots, in the Sept. 28, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.