The Vikings fired the opening volley Friday to take a 10-0 lead over South Charleston in the first quarter, but Ripley could not overcome the Black Eagle counter attack to avoid a 20-27 loss on the road.

 


The Vikings fired the opening volley Friday to take a 10-0 lead over South Charleston in the first quarter, but Ripley could not overcome the Black Eagle counter attack to avoid a 20-27 loss on the road.

Seniors David Hicks punched in on a six-yard rush for a touchdown early in the first quarter and senior kicker Jamin Jones added a point-after to give Ripley a 7-0 advantage. Senior quarterback Tyler Casto set up the TD on a seven-play, 32-yard drive.

Jones widened the Viking lead to 10-0 with just over a minute left in the first quarter via a 32-yard field goal that capped a four-play, 7-yard drive.

South Charleston hit back, however, with just eight seconds to play in the first quarter on an Adrian Cunningham TD. The Eagles moved the ball 65 yards in just three plays. The PAT closed the gap to 7-10 for South Charleston.

The Eagles carried the momentum into the second quarter. With 8:28 left to play in the second, Jonathan Alexander fired a 48-yard pass to find Trevand Reese open to complete the TD. The PAT gave South Charleston the advantage, 14-10. The Eagles moved the ball 99 yards in just three plays.

Alexander again found Reese open with just 29 seconds left to play in the first half. The two connected on another TD pass, this time for 5 yards, that capped a four-play, 58-yard drive. The TD and point-after gave South Charleston a 21-10 advantage.

Scoring came to a standstill for the duration of the third quarter, but Ripley was the first to get things moving again. Jamin Jones connected on a 27-yard field goal to bring Ripley closer but still behind at 13-21 with 8:57 left to play in the game.

South Charleston widened the gap, however, as Alexander completed a 39-yard TD pass to Trai Gordon. The PAT was no good, but the Eagles moved to a 27-13 lead with 8:08 left to play.

Ripley had the final say as Tyler Casto fired off a 79-yard rocket to Nate Donohew to cap a five-play, 90-yard drive. Jones’ booted the extra point to bring it to 20-27, but South Charleston was able to keep Ripley from scoring as the clock ran out in the final five minutes of the game.

The Eagles collected 451 net offensive yards and 14 first downs in 49 plays, while the Vikings picked up 225 yards  and 13 first downs in 61 plays. The Vikings logged 146 yards rushing and 79 passing, while the Eagles picked up 195 yards on the ground and 256 in the air.

David Hicks gained 100 yards on 35 carries and logged one TD. Tyler Casto picked up 30 yards in six attempts. Tyler Pittenger had 22 yards on eight carries. Jamin Jones had eight yards on one carry. Taryn Matheny had four yards on two carries. Issac Freshour had three yards on one carry.

Tyler Casto was 1-8 passing for 79 yards and one TD. Nate Donohew had one reception for 79 yards and a TD.
In addition to two field goals, Jamin Jones punted six times for 215 yard, averaging 35.8 yards per punt.

Anthony Michael had one punt return for 8 yards, two kickoff returns for 43 yards and an interception. Preston Martin had one kickoff return for 16 yards. Cody Harris had one kickoff return for seven yards.

On defense, Justin Hinzman had 10 tackles, David Hicks had nine (including one for a loss of 13 yards), Austin Hall had six and Taryn Matheny had five. Anthony Michael, Daryl Hicks and Brian Rhodes had three each. Curtis Griffin, Ryan Stutler, Vince Toler, Trevor Tucker, Jonathan Walker, Issac Freshour and Preston Martin all had one tackle each.

Ripley will take a week off before taking on cross-county rivals the Ravenswood Red Devils Nov. 4 in the battle for the Hatchet at Death Valley in Ripley.