Austin Bunders is hoisted in the air by Jacob Zevallos after an earlier score
Austin Bunders is hoisted in the air by Jacob Zevallos after an earlier score

   Austin Bunders didn’t waste much time finding the end zone last week Saturday for the Ripon College Red Hawk football team.

   The red-shirt junior capped off a nine-play, 65-yard opening drive that he rushed for 44 yards with a 1-yard touchdown plunge to help Ripon take a 7-0 lead over Beloit.

   It wasn’t his only time in the end zone, either, as it was one of four scores for him in the game.

   Bunders also added touchdown runs of 11 and 24 yards and a touchdown catch and run of 69 yards in Ripon’s 49-7 annihilation of the Buccaneers at Ingalls Field.

   He finished with a career-high 212 total yards, with a season-high 143 of them coming on the ground.

   “Austin had a great day, a really great day,” Ripon head coach Ron Ernst said. “And he’s not at 100% either. He’s banged up a little bit, which shows you how tough that kid is, and how he feels about his teammates and this team and this program. ... Obviously, a lot of credit goes to the offensive line and the quarterbacks for making good decisions and the receivers for blocking down field.

   “But ... Austin had a good day and he’s got another year of eligibility left and so we’re excited to have him back again next year. He’s really coming into his own right now and really playing well.”

   The touchdown on the opening drive helped set the tone for Ripon (2-2 conference 3-5 overall), which never looked back en route to winning its second-straight game.

Read the full story, which includes information on a strong defensive performance by the Red Hawks, in the Nov. 7, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.