HUNTINGTON - The Ripley Middle School football team fell to (2-2) on the season after winning their first two games out of the gate. The squad faced two very good middle school teams and competed well in each game.
In the matchup at Beverly Hills (Huntington East Middle), the Vikings found themselves behind 20-0 going into the fourth quarter before they came back inspired, almost pulling victory from the claws of defeat.
Braidon Campbell fired a touchdown pass to Jacob Carte from six yards out and Carte added the 2-point conversion on a dive play that left Ripley down but not out at 20-8.
After a kickoff return from BH and a 2-point conversion made the score 28-8, Ripley hit pay dirt once more when Cyrese Casto hurled a 61-yard touchdown pass to Carte down the sideline in stride for the score. The athletic Carte punched in the conversion and the Vikings had to settle for a respectable 28-16 defeat.
Last week, the team traveled to Hurricane and found themselves on the wrong end of a highly contested 24-18 loss.
Rocky Ford got the action started with a 34-yard scamper to the 2-yard line where Campbell punched it in for a score. The conversion failed and Ripley was up, 6-0.
The Middle School Redskins came roaring back and after a long drive scored on a crafty 2-yard reverse play and after getting the conversion led 8-6. Cyrese Casto hit Carte on a 28-yard pass play and the failed conversion gave Ripley Middle a 12-8 advantage at the half.
The second half belonged to Hurricane highlighted by a 76-yard pass for a score. Ripley got their second half score on a nifty 35-yard scoring jaunt from Campbell. The Vikings fell, 24-18.
“This was a great game. The team showed heart and I am very proud of how well they played against a strong team,” said coach Jeff Meritt.Ripley’s next game is at 6:30 p.m. this evening at Spencer.