BECKLEY – Ripley hit the long road to Beckley on Friday and returned with an ugly 44-0 loss to Woodrow Wilson. Turnovers, miscues and missed assignments led to the Viking’s demise.
“You can’t turn the ball over eight times and have a chance to beat a good football team,” said Ripley coach Jimmy Frashier after the game. “That is the story of this ballgame.”
Woodrow Wilson coach John Lilly’s squad was coming off of a humiliating loss to Spring Valley last week that knocked his program from their perch as the No. 2 ranked AAA team in the state.
From their opening drive, Ripley looked out of synch and at times confused on the offensive side of the ball. The Vikings managed only a single first down in the first half, thanks to a penalty on the Flying Eagles.
The Vikings (2-3) turned the ball over in their own territory all evening, giving the athletic Flying Eagles a short field to the endzone.
Woodrow’s defense harassed Viking quarterback Jake Martin all evening causing the signal caller to be credited with four lost fumbles and three interceptions on the night. To his credit, he was only sacked once.
After the smoke cleared, the Flying Eagles led 22-0 at the half.
Dual threat Flying Eagle quarterback Andrew Johnson punctured Ripley’s defense for four rushing touchdowns and managed to avoid several sacks with pure athleticism. Ripley got to Johnson only once all evening. Cole Williams, Cole Williams and Marcus Mickey also rushed for scores for Woodrow Wilson.
Woodrow Wilson (4-1) outgained Ripley 284-7 in total yardage. Ripley’s only first down in the second half came courtesy of a Martin pass completed to Cody Stowers that was good for 12 yards. (see photo)
“From the first possession we were completely unfocused on offense. I’m very disappointed with our production to say the least,” said Ripley offensive coordinator Adam Hill.
While they scored 44 points, the Flying Eagles weren’t exactly productive with the ball. They crossed the 50 yard line six times and managed no points out of those possessions. Three of those drives were red zone possessions.
It’s worthy of noting that Ripley’s defense played respectably considering they had their back against the wall all night against a speedy offense.
Unofficial JN Statistics: Jake Martin was 3-of-11 passing for twenty one yards with three interceptions. Martin had minus 20 yards on 15 rushing attempts. Other rushers include: Tyler Pittenger had three rushers for two yards, Jacob Kay had two rushes for seven yards and Jacob Lewis had a single attempt for one yard.
Receiving: Quaseem Fields had one catch for 11 yards, Cody Stowers had one catch for 12 yards and Tyler Pittenger had a single catch for zero net yards.
Defense: Preston Martin led the team with nine tackles, Austin Hall had eight and a sack, Justin Hinzman had seven, Daryl Hicks and Bryan Rhodes had four, Nathan Tucker had three, Jake Pursley, Quaseem Fields, Brandon Tolley and Alex Hambrick had two tackles, Jordan Vandergrift, Jacob Kay, Tyler Pittenger, Levi Bryant, Josh Hurt and Dylan Hall each had a single tackle. Quaseem Fields and Gabe Hamrick had a pass deflection.
Ripley host Roane County this Friday as they celebrate homecoming.