The Ripon High School football team faced a tall challenge last week Friday as it hoped to keep its dreams of a playoff berth alive.

   Needing a victory against a 5-1 Winneconne team, which just a week earlier was ranked No. 9 in the state in Division 3, the Tigers rose to the occasion as they upset the Wolves 14-13 on the road.

   With the win, they improve to 2-3 in the conference and can clinch a playoff berth with a victory Friday at home over winless Waupun and a win Friday, Oct. 18 on the road against Kewaskum.

   “It was very good; very satisfying for the kids,” Ripon head coach Mark Bradley said of the win. “I’m so happy for them for how they played and how they came out and just kept going ... They didn’t look at [Winneconne] and be like, ‘Oh man, we’re done.’ They kept believing in each other and the team and they really put it all together and it showed the whole game. They kept picking each other up. When somebody would make a mistake, they’d be right there to help them. They didn’t panic on questionable calls that we had. They just kept playing ... and at the end we were on top.”

   He added the victory was a great feeling for his players and that the players were excited that they were able to win a close game.

Read the full story, which includes information about some of the adversity the Tigers overcame and a strong defensive performance, in the Oct. 10, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.