Grounding a South Charleston Black Eagle offensive attack full of playmakers was the goal leading into last Friday’s showdown for Ripley at Memorial Stadium.

Grounding a South Charleston Black Eagle offensive attack full of playmakers was the goal leading into last Friday’s showdown for Ripley at Memorial Stadium.

  The Viking prevent unit did an outstanding job of doing just that for most of the night.

  But…there was that one play.

  A scoring play, in fact, which covered 52 yards.

  Add to the fact the Vikings couldn’t manage to light up their side of the scoreboard in the course of 48 minutes of action.

  The end result was a fifth straight defeat for Ripley as the Black Eagles left with a 7-0 victory. The Vikings are now 2-5 with three games to go. Three losses have been by a combined total of 15 points.

  After a scoreless first half, South Charleston finally broke the deadlock when Trae Murphy threw a swing pass to Nate Barham, who then took it 52 yards to the house. Kaden Borden’s extra point gave SC a 7-0 lead with7:48  remaining in the third.

  The lead stood up for the rest of the game.

  Fumbles were plentiful for Ripley as the Vikings coughed it up three times on the night to SC’s one.

  Ripley had the edge in total offense, 224-215. The Vikings ran 59 offensive plays to SC’s 51. Most of Ripley’s yardage came on the ground with a 204 net total rushing. The Vikings had 20 yards passing. SC had 104 through the air (with half being the 52-yard TD) and 111 rushing.

  SC was penalized 13 times for 95 yards while Ripley was flagged five times for 40 yards.    

  J.T. Kemp rushed 17 times for 80 yards to lead Ripley’s running game. R.J. Evans wasn’t far behind with 77 yards on 21 carries. Brayden Campbell picked up 26 yards on eight carries. Ty Eshenaur had ten yards on three carries, Noah Kelly eight on one carry and Evan King collected three yards with his lone carry.

  Zion Freshour had 39 yards on eight carries to lead SC’s running attack.

  Campbell was 3-of-8 in the passing game for the 20 yards through the air. Murphy completed 12-of-18 passes for 104 yards and the TD.

 Kemp (nine yards), R.J. Evans (six yards) and Cyrus Casto (five yards) had the three Ripley receptions.

Samahji Simon had six catches for the Black Eagles totaling 30 yards. Barham had two for 56.

 Ripley’s defense was led by Dalton Myers who had 10.5 tackles. Josh Kay had seven on the night.

  Also defensively, Rocky Ford finished with 4.5 stops, Noah Kelly had four, Eshenaur and Dawson Anderson posted three tackles. Evans, Jake Lawrence and Austin Rhodes each had two tackles. Campbell, Cayden Keeler, B.J. Haynes, Cyrus Casto, King and Jameson Shaffer each had one tackle.

  Campbell punted once for 45 yards (which was returned 39 yards by Zhantei Calloway). Eshenaur had a punt return for six yards. King took a kickoff 14 yards.

 Ripley will look to end the five-game losing skid  on Friday  night when they journey to the Cabell-Wayne border for a matchup with the Spring Valley Timberwolves, the 2016 Class AAA runner-up, who are presently 4-2.