Ripley started slow last Friday against Buckhannon-Upshur in trying to even its season record to 1-1 in the young high school football season of 2019.

A strong finish, though, allowed the Vikings to accomplish what they set out to do.

Trailing 7-3 at halftime, Ripley exploded for 35 second-half points to stay perfect in its series with the Buccaneer program (4-0).

While the Vikings were scoring 35 in the final three quarters on their home turf at Memorial Stadium, the Viking defense prevented B-U from scoring again after its first quarter TD.

The 38-7 was a nice bounce back fro Ripley following a tough season-opening loss to Parkersburg South.

With the defeat, Buckhannon-Upshur dropped to 0-2.

Ripley owned the early lead thanks to a 23-yard filed goal by Maximus Greely-Fay at the 8:29 mark of the opening quarter.

The Buccaneers took the lead with 1:33 left in the first on a 39-yard pass play from Ryan Strader to Trenton Westfall. Cameron Zuliani added the extra point.

Buckhannon’s 7-3 edge held strong until the third quarter when Noah Westfall scooped up a fumble by Trenton Westfall deep in Buccaneer territory and turned it into six points. Broedy Boyce added the extra point to give Ripley a lead it wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way with 8:37 to go in the third.

Ripley came back a little over a minute later with Westfall scoring on offense from 1-yard away with 7:03 remaining. Boyce’s kick made it a 17-7 Viking lead.

A third touchdown of the quarter came with less than a minute later at the 6:53 mark when Dalton Myers raced 24 yards to the end zone. His TD was followed by another Boyce extra point.

Taking a 24-7 lead into the fourth, the Vikings added two more scores on a 19-yard run by Myers and a 28-yard dash by Kadin Hall. Boyce hit both extra points in enjoying a perfect 5-for-5 night.

Ripley rolled up 384 yards of total offense to Buckhannon-Upshur’s 128. All but 60 of the Viking yards came on the ground.

Myers had a strong night by rushing for 153 yards on 18 carries and the two scores.

Cameron Ramsey finished with 55 yards on seven carries. Hall had 43 on six. Austin Rhodes added 34 on seven carries while Westfall toted the football 13 times for 24 yards.

Hunter Cestaric had two carries for six yards while Colton Pepper picked up four on two carries.

Westfall passed 10 times, completing five for 60 yards.

Five different Vikings caught passes. Austin Kay had a 42-yard catch to lead the way. Noah Scruggs and Issac Robertson each snagged a pass for seven yards. Ramsey and Hall had a catch for two yards each.

On the defensive side of the ball, several recorded tackles for Ripley.

Those contributing were: Quinton Joyner (5.5), Myers (4.5), Kay (four), Cameron Ramsey (three), Jacob Fouty (three), Westfall (three), Rhodes (2.5), Scruggs (two), Evan Anderson (two), Andrew Comer (two), Joey Ramsey (1.5), Jayden Philyaw (one), Joshua Roush (one), Colt Harper (one), Matt Moore (one), Pepper (one) and Drake Moore (one).

Greely-Fay punted three times for an average of 43.7.

Cameron Ramsey returned four punts for 45 yards.

Ripley will look to move to 2-1 on the season when it hits the road for the first time this Friday by travelling to Eastern Kanawha County for a showdown against the 1-1 Riverside Warriors.