The Ripon High School Tiger football team held the No. 3-ranked team in the state off the scoreboard for the first quarter of its Level 1 playoff game last week Friday.
The second quarter was a different story.
The Tigers allowed Little Chute to score 20 points in the quarter and couldn’t recover as they fell to the Mustangs 37-7 on the road.
With the loss, Ripon finishes the season 4-6 overall. Little Chute, meanwhile, improves to 10-0 with the win and will face Chilton in Level 2 of the playoffs Friday.
“We played well,” Ripon head coach Ronell Hubanks said of the first quarter. “We gave great effort. We had kind of a bend-but-don’t-break defense. Offensively, we shot ourselves in the foot with missed blocks and penalties that didn’t allow us to move the ball well. But second quarter, we had the touching the snapper penalty, which gave them short field position. They also wore us down up front with their big offensive line and a lot of numbers.”
Special teams miscues loomed large in the second quarter as the penalty for the contact with the snapper set up the first touchdown and a block punt led to the second.
The scores came on runs of seven and four yards, respectively.
Little Chute also recorded a touchdown on a 36-yard run to take a 20-0 lead into halftime.
Read the full story, which includes information on a strong defensive performance, in the Oct. 25, edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.