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  • Patriots run past Vikings, win 34-14

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  • CHARLESTON – It was a guy named Jackson who proved to be too much for the Jackson County-based Ripley Vikings this past Friday night.
    George Washington's Jacob Jackson rushed for an impressive 227 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns as the homestanding Patriots took down the Vikings, 34-14.
    The loss sends Ripley to 2-7 with the season finale coming Friday night at home against rival Ravenswood.
    Jackson, who has been filling in admirably for Draven Rife, GW's leading rusher, scored first in the contest on a 15-yard run with 8:44 to go.
    Trailing 7-0, the Vikings answered on a 2-yard run by quarterback Trevor Tucker with 3:49 to go. Easton Berry's extra point tied the game at 7-7. The TD capped a 15-play drive.
    From there, GW would scored the game's next 27 points.
    Colton Rollyson got in on a 2-yard run before the first quarter ended. Jackson then hit paydirt on a 25-yard run at the 10:22 mark of the second quarter and quarterback Jon Alexander scored from 22 yards out to give GW a lead of 28-7 at halftime.
    The Patriots increased the advantage to 34-7 with four minutes left in the third on a 1-yard jaunt by Jackson.
    Before the quarter was over, Ripley got on the board again when Tucker and senior wide receiver Kade Harrison connected on a 65-yard pass play. Berry's extra point ended the scoring for the night.
    "We hung in there, but we keep making mistakes," lamented first-year Viking head coach David Tennant. "We did play hard."
    Ripley suffered two interceptions, fumbled three times (losing one) and was penalized 10 times for 75 yards.
    GW improved to 8-1 and will play host to 8-1 Capital this Friday night. The two city rivals were tied for the No. 4 spot in last week's Class AAA ratings.
    Patriot head coach Steve Edwards, Jr. gave the Vikings praise in the Charleston Saturday Gazette-Mail. "I kept trying to warn our kids and warn people," Edwards said. "They just see the No. 2 (Martin). When you watch (Tucker) and (Martin) on film, they're nice football players and they run a nice scheme. They do a nice job. They've got nice-sized kids. They've got a good football team."
    As a team, the Vikings racked up 368 yards of total offense to GW's 431.
    Martin rushed for 161 yards on 19 carries with a long run of 35. Tucker rushed for 60 on 21 carries and scored the first touchdown. Tucker was 8-of-25 through the air for 142 yards and the TD to Harrison.
    Besides the TD reception, Harrison had six other catches for 118 yards. Nathan Tucker caught one pass for 26 yards.
    "Our offensive line blocked well," Tennant said. "Our boys fought."
    Martin led Ripley's defensive charge with 11 tackles. Nathan Tucker finished with nine. Ryan Stutler had six.
    Page 2 of 2 - Others collecting tackles for the Vikings were Zach DeFrank and Anthony Jarvis with five, Harrison, Jordan Ramsey and Bradley Knotts registered four stops while Logan Buckalew, Adam Bailey and Jacob Kay had two each. Caleb Jennings was credited with one tackle.
    Jennings averaged 51 yards on three kickoffs and had one punt for 47.
    Harrison averaged 20 yards on five kickoffs. Martin had one return of 29 yards.
    Ripley will be looking to hang on to possession of the coveted Hatchet Friday night when the 5-4 Red Devils pay a visit to Memorial Stadium. Last year Ripley knocked off Ravenswood, 17-16, in the first-ever overtime game between the two rivals.
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