Visiting Riverside and Ripley’s Vikings put on an entertaining football show Friday night.

But it would be the Warriors taking the final bow on the Memorial Stadium stage against Eddie Smolder’s Viikings.

Visiting Riverside and Ripley’s Vikings put on an entertaining football show Friday  night.

  But it would be the Warriors taking the final bow on the Memorial Stadium stage against Eddie Smolder’s Viikings.

  For a second straight year, the Warriors escaped with a close victory. Last season the Warriors won at home, 7-3, and this year came away with a 33-28 victory.

  The end result left both teams at 2-1.

  “It was a good game,” Smolder said. “Our kids were so excited to play the game, it seemed we were a step behind early on.”

Riverside took a 14-7 lead after the opening quarter on an eight-yard run by Caden Easterling and a 14-yard run by quarterback Mark Scites.  

Ripley got its first score of the game on   a 15-yard run by R.J. Evans with Jacob Casto adding the extra point.

The Warriors would take a 20-7 lead by halftime on a four-yard TD catch by Scites from Jacob Clark.

Ripley battled back to take the lead in the third quarter on touchdown runs of five and three by Kemp.

With the Vikings up 21-20, the Warriors battled got busy and  regained the advantage  with two scores before the quarter came to an end. Easterling went 10 yards on the first and 37 on the second.

Down 33-21 late in the game, Ripley managed to make it interesting when Kemp fired a 52-yard TD pass to Viking quarterback Brayden Campbell. The Casto extra point pulled the Vikings within five, but that was as close as they could get before time ran out.

Evans collected 61 yards on 14 carries. Kemp had 56 on 14 runs while Ty Eshenaur also came up with 56 on seven carries. Evan King had one carry for 33.

Campbell was 4-of-6 passing for 32 yards. Kemp completed his one attempt for 52 and the TD.

King and Kemp each caught two passes.

Cayden Keeler was Ripley’s top defender with nine stops. Other tacklers for the Vikings were Josh Kay with eight, Chris DeFrank and Dalton Myers each with six, Rocky Ford had four, Evans, Kemp, King and Dawson Anderson each had three, Matt Moore had two, Jake Lawrence, Cyrus Casto and Jeremy Harper each had one.

Easterling rushed for 136 yards on 23 carries. Scites was 12-of-18 for 120. Gage Lanham caught three passes for 51.

With its 2-1 record Ripley now turns its attention to a road game with St. Albans.

Despite the frustration, the Riverside game is  the  Vikings  will have to put behind them quickly.

For when the curtain closed, the Warriors got to celebrate once more in another  close call.