The Ripon High School football team found itself in a good position with a little more than two minutes left in the first half last week Friday against the Plymouth Panthers.

   It led 10-0 and was shutting down the host Panthers’ offense.

   But in a matter of a minute, the momentum turned around.

   The Tigers allowed Plymouth to march down the field like it hadn’t done all game to score a touchdown before the break and couldn’t recover as they lost 28-10.

   “We kind of went into a softer defense to prevent the big play,” Ripon head coach Mark Bradley said. “Plymouth did a good job of doing short intermediate routes. They were able to block us out front, so we weren’t able to get as much pressure as we wanted to. And they just kind of kept going down the field at 8- to 10-yard chunks. And then when we brought our defense up closer and tighter, then the quarterback was able to slip out and hurt us ... It was unfortunate that they were able to score right at the end there, but they did well and our defense did well to keep them in check with it.”

   Plymouth picked up in the second half where it left off in the first as it methodically moved the ball.

   It took the lead for good midway through the third quarter on a 15-yard touchdown pass and added two more scores in the fourth for the 28-10 final.

Read the full story, which includes information on the problem Plymouth quarterback Cole Booth presented, in the Sept. 12, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.