Devin Smith returns an interception as Lane Barnes (43) sets his sights on a player to block. Smith hauled in a deflected pass in Ripon territory.
Devin Smith returns an interception as Lane Barnes (43) sets his sights on a player to block. Smith hauled in a deflected pass in Ripon territory.

   Cormac Madigan fumbled on the Ripon College Red Hawk football team’s second play from scrimmage last week Saturday.

   That’s about the only thing that went wrong for the Laconia native in a 49-14 home win over Beloit.

   The freshman rushed for 281 yards on just 19 carries, which is the second-most yards in school history, and scored a single-game school record six touchdowns.

   Madigan could have racked up even more yards and scores, but was taken out with around five minutes left in the third quarter with the game already well in hand.

   He was just 13 yards away from breaking the school’s single-game rushing record of 293 yards, which was set by Don Dawson in 1993.

   “It was a good day for him,” Ripon head coach Ron Ernst said. “I really felt that the offensive line was blocking extremely well. And if you were to talk to Cormac, he’d be the first one to credit the offensive line and all of his teammates around him, which I think is the mark of a very strong leader. He just basically read it well, and he was making very good decisions.
“Obviously, there’s a few things there that still need to be corrected, but I mean, what do you say? The kid made some unbelievable plays.”

   He added he also was impressed with Madigan’s ability to bounce back after the early fumble, especially given the fact Ripon (1-1 conference, 4-2 overall) turned the ball over five times in a 30-17 loss to St. Norbert a week prior.

Read the full story in the Oct. 18, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.