The Ripon High School football team went into last week Friday’s game against the Kewaskum thinking it could play with the Indians.
But after allowing a touchdown on the first drive and not being able to generate much offensively, it was clear Ripon was overmatched.
The Tigers had no answer for the Indians’ size and talent as they were blanked 35-0 at Ingalls Field.
“I didn’t prepare the kids mentally for a physical game like Kewaskum brought,” Ripon head coach Ronell Hubanks said. “I take full ownership of that in terms of getting them mentally and physically [ready] for the physicality of the game. We just didn’t match their intensity or their physicalness up front and it showed right away and the game got away from us fast.”
The Indians (3-0 conference, 5-0 overall) wasted no time asserting themselves as they took the opening kickoff and drove easily down the field, capping the drive off with a 3-yard touchdown run.
They then bottled up Ripon’s running game as they allowed just 37 yards on 24 carries, which included one 15- to 20-yard rush.
“With their size and their strength, they played on our side of the line of scrimmage,” Hubanks said. “We didn’t attack well and they controlled everything that we wanted to do. We’ve got to get back to basics and make sure we get off the ball fast and make sure we control the line and dictate exactly what it is that we want to do.”
With the Tigers (1-2 conference 2-3 overall) unable to get a push offensively, Kewaskum dominated field position and slowly were able to tack onto its lead.
Read the full story, which includes information on a big game coming up against Waupun, in the Sept. 21, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.