Cormac Madigan, third from left, is all smiles after scoring a touchdown. Surrounding him are, from left, Jem Rein, Austin Bunders and Jake Kaczorowski.
Cormac Madigan, third from left, is all smiles after scoring a touchdown. Surrounding him are, from left, Jem Rein, Austin Bunders and Jake Kaczorowski.

   When Brent Anderson ran back the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown last week Saturday, Ripon College head football coach Ron Ernst was a bit worried.

   “While on the one hand [I was] very excited about the return for the touchdown, it concerned me when you start off a game like that there’s nowhere else to go but down,” he said.

   It proved to be just the opposite.

   The touchdown was an omen of what was to come as the Red Hawks scored early and often in a 58-34 home win over Macalaster.

   They jumped out to a 20-0 lead around three minutes into the game and led 37-0 midway through the second quarter, before building a 58-14 advantage early in the fourth.

   “If someone would have told me we were going to be ahead 44-7 at halftime, I would have said you were crazy,” Ernst said. “But like I told the kids at the end of the game, this is what we’re capable of when we truly set our mind to playing up to our level. They did and I was just very proud of all the young guys on our team.”

   After Anderson took the opening kick back for a touchdown, Ripon (2-1 conference, 5-2 overall) forced a three-and-out on Macalester’s first drive and capitalized on a botched snap on a punt attempt to take over at the Scots’ 12.

Read the full story, which includes information on another big day from Cormac Madigan, in the Oct. 25, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.