WEST MADISON – Ripley used an early passing game, a running game that took traction late combined with key defensive stops in the red zone to defeat Scott in West Madison, 28-0 on Tuesday evening.
Ripley is (4-1-1) all-time against the Skyhawks. The teams met twice in the 1950's and four times as Mountain State Athletic Conference opponents from 1993-96.
The Class AAA Vikings (4-1) built on a 14-0 halftime lead that was highlighted by a 74-yard dash for a touchdown by Joey Ramsey in the first frame. Ripley signal caller Ty Stephens threw a rope to receiver Elijah Miller that capped the first half scoring.
“We knew we were in for a physical game and we had to make the most of some opportunities and we were lucky to make a few plays when we had to make them,” said Ripley Head Coach Steve Sayre. “Scott fought tooth and nail and their backs ran hard and I’m happy to get out of here with a win.”
Class AA Scott (1-5) saw a pair of red zone opportunities dashed in the form of a pair of interceptions by Ripley’s Brady Anderson.
Scott found footing in their ground game thanks gains of 9, 4, 7 and 14 in the third quarter from running back Klay Matthews and a 70-yard strike in the fourth period from Skyhawk quarterback Matt Frye to senior receiver Jeff McCoy but Scott couldn’t capitalize on offensive opportunities, particularly in the second and fourth quarters.
“We still haven’t found an offense,” said Scott Head Coach Shane Griffith. “We have some puzzle pieces and we have to find the right combination to make them all work together on that side of the ball. We moved the ball but we hurt ourselves in the red zone with the turnovers.”
The Vikings added a pair of scores in the second half.
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