L.J. Ayson (47) celebrates after recovering a fumble to help secure’s Ripon’s 70-0 shutout of Finlandia. Congratulating him are, Riley Pella, left, and Devin Smith.
L.J. Ayson (47) celebrates after recovering a fumble to help secure’s Ripon’s 70-0 shutout of Finlandia. Congratulating him are, Riley Pella, left, and Devin Smith.

   The last time the Ripon College football team scored 70 or more points, Woodrow Wilson was president and the United States was in the middle of World War I.

   The most recent time was last week Saturday, when the Red Hawks shellacked the Finlandia University Lions 70-0 in their home opener.

   The 70 points is the sixth-most in school history, with the previous five totals occurring before 1916.

   The other five came against St. John’s Military Academy (86-0 in 1916) Stevens Point State (93-0 in 1909), Oshkosh State (90-0 in 1894), Wayland Academy (82-0 in 1893) and Lawrence (80-0 in 1893).

   “It was nice to see the hard work of our kids pay off,” Ripon head coach Ron Ernst said. “Coming off a very rough road game the week before, I thought our kids were extremely focused and had a very good week of practice ... We really started to execute much better. I thought we corrected a lot of things from the previous week ... It was a fun day. The weather was nice and everybody got in, everybody had a chance to participate in the game and so that was a good day.”

   The Red Hawks enjoyed success regardless of who was playing as four different quarterbacks led scoring drives in the lopsided win.

   Starter Julian Patton threw for two touchdowns and ran for one, while backup Cormac Madigan of Rosendale rushed for two scores and Devan Stancil and Diontia Charles teamed up to lead another scoring drive late in the game.

Read the full story, which includes information on an impressive defensive performance, in the Sept. 13, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.