Ripley delivers another big effort

By Kedrick Storey

Southern Sentinel

SARDIS – The Ripley Tigers rolled up 384 yards and six touchdowns rushing Friday, keeping their winning streak intact with a 50-14 road win against North Panola.

It was Ripley’s fourth consecutive game with more than 40 points.

“I thought the effort was really good,” said Ripley coach Chad Cook. “We made some mistakes here and there that killed a few drives, missed a couple of pass protections, but I’m pleased.

“We’re already pretty good, but I’m trying to get us to where we’re great.”

Leading 22-8 at the break, the Tigers (4-0) re-established their first-half dominance in a big way in the third quarter. They scored on four consecutive possessions, aided by two back-to-back North Panola fumbles to take a commanding 50-14 lead after three quarters.

The scoring was highlighted by a 63-yard TD run by senior John Austin Moore and an 11-yard touchdown grab by junior Isaiah Howard, his ninth catch of the game to break a 50-year Ripley single-game record.

Howard finished with 115 yards, his fourth consecutive 100-yard game.

Moore led Ripley in rushing with 93 yards on four carries.

Ripley, the Daily Journal’s No. 1 Class 4A/3A team, rushed for 146 yards in the first half, led by Christian Johnson’s 78 yards on 11 carries. His 2-yard TD run from the Wildcat formation capped a 10-play 80-yard drive on their first possession.

Ripley scored on their next two drives, as Dalton James went in from 2 yards, then added a 1-yard run in the second quarter. James was 16 for 27 passing for 204 yards. He had four total touchdowns.

Strong defense

The Ripley defense had four sacks and limited the Cougar offense to just 163 total yards. They forced five turnovers, three fumbles and two interceptions by Vonte Jones, who has three on the season.

Quarterback Jatavious Farmer completed six passes for 84 yards and threw a TD pass to Robert Oliver and Willie Hibblier.

Next week, the Tigers host Calhoun City.

kedrick.storey@journalinc.com