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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • RpMS football squad remains unbeaten

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  • LOGAN - Coach Jeff Merritt’s Ripley Middle School football team have blazed a trail of touchdowns in their first two contests of the 2013 season leaving the young Vikings undefeated at (2-0) early in their campaign.
    RpMS traveled to Logan to challenge an always-athletic Wildcat squad on a rainy and muddy Thursday evening. Footing was treacherous but that didn’t slow down the blue and white on this night.
    Ripley got on the board first when quarterback Braiden Campbell hit Colten Kay with a laser that was good for a 25-yard touchdown pass.
    Kay beat the wildcat cornerback who was in man-to-man coverage and made an athletic catch for paydirt. Jacob Carte punched in the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
    In the second quarter, Campbell struck again. The mobile Viking quarterback scrambled 38 yards for a score despite the muddy terrain. RpMS missed the conversion and the blue and white had a 14-0 advantage.
    Logan answered with a 19-yard toss sweep to the strong side of the field and with a failed conversion attempt made the score 14-6.
    Campbell and the Viking offensive line weren’t going to be denied on this rainy night. The Ripley Middle quarterback took the ball on a designed sweep to the weak side at the Ripley 37-yard line.
    After stiff-arming a defender he weaved his way through the Wildcat defense like a whirling dervish resulting in a 63-yard scamper.
    Once again, the powerful Carte notched the two-point conversion on a 2-yard dive.
    Logan wasn’t done by any means. The Wildcats scored on a sweep of their own to the strong side leaving RpMS with a 22-12 advantage at halftime.
    Both teams struggled to move the ball on the muddy field in the third but a flurry of points was about to be scored in the final quarter.
    Logan scored on a 30-yard pass to bring the score to 22-18 as they missed the conversion.
    In a gutsy move from the Wildcat coaching staff, Logan attempted an onside kick that failed and left the Vikings in favorable field position.
    On a third and short, Campbell took the snap for a quarterback sneak and 49-yards later was mobbed by his teammates as he scored on the play to lift the blue and white to a 30-18 advantage after another 2-point conversion by Carte.
    Logan immediately responded with a 74-yard kickoff return and a failed conversion to make the score 30-24.
    Carte then capped off an incredible performance with a 1-yard dive before adding his fourth two-point conversion of the contest. RpMS prevailed, 38-24 on a soggy night in Logan County.
    On the defensive side of the ball, Colten Kay and Bryce Stout each picked off a Wildcat pass.
    Page 2 of 2 - Jon Melhorn has returned as an assistant coach this season. Ryan Simon and Bob DeFrank are also contributing coaching efforts to the Ripley Middle School Vikings.

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