ALDWYN – Ripley had its rushing attack at full throttle, and Baldwyn had no answer.
As a result, the Tigers rolled to a convincing 29-6 victory on Friday night to keep the Bearcats winless on the year at 0-5.
However, it took Ripley, which manufactured 280 of its 356 total yards on the ground, a quarter to get rolling.
The Tigers (2-3) took a 7-0 advantage into the second quarter on a 45-yard run by Devin Jones, then scored three more times before intermission to put the game away.
Acie Vance did most of the damage with scoring runs of 9 and 1 yards, respectively, while Rashid March also punched it in from the 1. March finished with 93 yards on 20 carries, while Jones grounded out 91 yards on seven touches.
Ripley’s lone points in the second half resulted in a safety. Those points by the defense were fitting considering the Tigers limited the Bearcats to just 14 yards of offense in the final two quarters.
“This win was enormous,” Ripley coach Mac McCurry said. “We needed this victory for momentum going into our division slate. Our defense played real tough. We got a lot of young players, but they are getting better and learning every game.”
Ripley held Baldwyn to just 106 yards on the night. The Bearcats also hurt themselves with nine penalties and four turnovers. However, their lone score was the result of 70-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Lorenzo Hill.
“We couldn’t ever get moving,” Baldwyn coach Michael Gray said. “Until we go out and execute on offense, it’s going to be tough on the defense. We were in position to make plays, but we made some mental mistakes like we have the first five weeks.”
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