The Ripon High School football made several mistakes in its season-opener against Watertown Luther Prep last week Friday.

   It missed two extra points, dropped a wide-open pass downfield, fumbled the ball deep in its own territory and had a bad punt that set up a short touchdown drive.

   Yet, with a couple minutes remaining in the game, the Tigers still had a chance to get the ball back trailing by just two points.

   While they were unable to do so — they gave up a long third-down conversion and ultimately fell 35-26 — head coach Mark Bradley was proud of the fight that they showed.

   “It was a big play that they had,” the first-year head coach said of the conversion on third down. “That’s football. We tried getting pressure and they were able to complete the pass and get the first down. But the kids didn’t give up. We thought ... the best thing to do is to try to let them score and they did, and then we got the ball back. They kept fighting all the way to the end. It was a tough game to lose because we definitely had our chances and we felt we could have won that game, but in the large scheme of things they played the best that they could.”

   Ripon’s challenges weren’t limited to the end of the game as it fell behind early. By halftime, Ripon trailed by two scores.

Read the full story, which includes information on some of the notable individual performances, in the Aug. 29, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.