Special teams, O-line haunt Ripon in loss

The Ripon High School football team allowed a 75-yard touchdown on the opening kickoff last week Friday against Kiel.

It never recovered.

The Tigers allowed two special teams touchdowns — a kickoff return and punt return — and couldn’t muster any offense as they fell to the Raiders 37-0 in Kiel.

“We made some mental mistakes and some physical errors in terms of returning and the technique that was used and they were able to capitalize on our mistakes and turn them into points,” Ripon head coach Ronell Hubanks said.

While special teams did not help the Tigers, it was far from the only area that struggled in the game.

Ripon (0-2) couldn’t generate any yardage offensively as it struggled with blocking and bad snaps.

“Our offensive line didn’t block well,” Hubanks said about what went wrong offensively. “We didn’t communicate up front, which we’re young. That’s not really an excuse, but at the same time they have to learn how to play together and learn how to communicate better.”

One player who struggled due to the blocking was Austen Nissen.

The senior was unable to complete a pass in the game, going 0-for-7, and was sacked often.

“Austen was under duress all game, pretty much running around because he didn’t get the protection up front that was warranted for him,” Hubanks said.

Read the full story, which includes a preview of Friday's game against Winneconne, in the Sept. 3, 2015 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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