Tyler VanDeVelde breaks the goal line for Ripon’s lone touchdown in its 35-6 loss to the University of Chicago Maroons. It was a 2-yard rus
Tyler VanDeVelde breaks the goal line for Ripon’s lone touchdown in its 35-6 loss to the University of Chicago Maroons. It was a 2-yard rus

   The Ripon College football team got off to a good start last week Saturday as it battled for second place in the North Division.

   It took the opening drive 84 yards on 12 plays for a touchdown, which was capped off with a 2-yard run by Tyler VanDeVelde.

   That was about the only bright spot for the Red Hawks.

   They missed the ensuing extra point and the game went downhill from there as they lost to the University of Chicago Maroons 35-6.

   With the loss, Ripon drops into a tie with Macalester for third place in the division with a 2-2 record.

   Ripon does hold the tiebreaker due to a 58-34 win over the Scots.

   University of Chicago, meanwhile, improves to 3-1 in the division and remains just one game back of first place St. Norbert.

   “It was certainly a very important game,” Ripon head coach Ron Ernst said. “I felt that we had a good week of practice, but we just didn’t get it done ... Ultimately, it came down to everything and everybody and it was not a good performance in all three areas and that is something that we are certainly going to fix this week and will not be a problem Saturday.”

   One of the areas that had the most troubles last week Saturday for the Hawks was special teams.

   In addition to the missed extra point, it failed to convert two field goal opportunities in the first half and had a couple of costly penalties called on it in the first quarter.

Read the full story, which includes information on the impact field position had, in the Nov. 1, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.