The Ripon High School football team’s defense did its job last week Friday against the Kiel Raiders.

   It limited Kiel to 125 yards and 14 points one week after Kiel beat Kewaunee by racking up almost 400 yards of total offense and 49 points.

   Unfortunately, the Tigers’ offense and special teams couldn’t hold up its end of the bargain as they allowed the Raiders to gain more than 150 yards and 16 points.

   The result? A 30-13 road loss for Ripon.

   “They did a really good job of flowing to the ball, being aggressive, getting off the ball,” Ripon head coach Mark Bradley said of the defense. “When you hold a team like that to under 150 yards total offense, that’s amazing. And the kids kept playing hard; they didn’t quit. Even when we had some calls and an inadvertent whistle that … negated a big play, they kept battling and they kept going and kept us in the game all the way to the end. That was probably one of the best defensive performances that I’ve been a part of here at Ripon so far.”

   Kiel’s first touchdown came before the Tigers’ defense could even step onto the field as it returned a punt 47 yards for a touchdown two minutes into the game.

   Bradley gave credit to the Raiders for the run back, but also acknowledged it showed a flaw in Ripon’s special teams that it since has addressed during practice.

Read the full story, which includes information on what the offense did well, in the Sept. 5, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.