Tiger gridders experience a night to forget

It’s virtually a cliché, after a big loss, to observe there’s little to be said.

But sometimes — as was the case last week Friday night for the Tiger football team — that’s the only comment worth making.

“I think my exact words were, ‘Not much to say; let’s get on the bus,’” Ripon head coach Mike Yoder said of the post-game huddle.

He could have broken down the stats — a 41-0 road loss to Freedom; only gaining 75 yards on offense, versus 384 for the Irish; losing four turnovers.

But the kids already knew.

“To be honest, we didn’t play well and there is not a lot to say after something like that,” Yoder said. “We’ve got to bury it and we’ve got another one left.”

Freedom (6-2 conference) out-matched Ripon (2-5 conference) from start to finish, with the Tigers finding only incrementally more success in the second half of the game.

Few positives could be noted following the one-sided contest, but the coach did see at least one.

“We had kids who kept fighting — that’s the [best thing],” Yoder said.

Ripon knew the Irish would be a tall task.

Freedom entered the contest with a 5-2 record after beating up on most of its opponents.

“We knew they would be physical, be tough,” Yoder said.

But Ripon hoped an emotional turn a week earlier, a shot at the playoffs on the line and a good plan of attack could help the Tigers succeed where others had failed.

“We thought we had a good game-plan going in, on both sides of the ball,” Yoder said. “... Our game-plan was to move the ball on the ground and attack some weaknesses they had in the middle of the field.

“We weren’t able to do that as successfully.”

Read the full story, which includes a preview of the Tigers' final game of the season Friday against Winneconne, in the Oct. 17, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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