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Spring Mills takes down Vikings in Ripley

Mark Martin
Sportswriter
Jackson Newspapers

It just wasn’t in the Cards for a victory Friday night at home inside Memorial Stadium for the Ripley Viking football team.

Electing to make the long journey from the state’s Eastern Panhandle to Jackson County, the Cardinals of Spring Mills High School made sure their trip was worth making.

The school, located on the outskirts of Martinsburg, jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in handing the Vikings a 43-14 setback. The loss was Ripley’s second of the season sending the Vikings to 3-2 on the year. Spring Mills improved to 5-1.

The two schools landed on each other’s schedules due to this topsy-turvy season that has been the result of COVID-19. Teams have had to scramble to find games to fill out their schedules.

Ripley’s coaching staff knew they were going to face a Spring Mills team that could put up points by the truckload and the Cardinals certainly proved that on Friday night.

Keon Padmore-Johnson, Spring Mills’ outstanding quarterback, got the scoring started quickly for the Cards at the 10:52 mark by firing a 9-yard touchdown pass to Chase Henson. Hayden Pack’s extra made it a 7-0 game in favor of SM and started what would be a big night for the Cardinals and a long one for the Vikings.

Later in the quarter with 1:28 to go, Henson scored from the 7-yard line followed by a Pack extra point to give the Cards a 14-0 advantage after the opening 12 minutes of play.

Three TDs in the second 12 minutes of play simply put the game out of reach for the Vikings.

Jacob McCarren scored on a 65-yard run for one score and then hauled in a 36-yard pass from Padmore-Johnson for another. McCarren completed a pass to Graham Good for a successful two-point conversion after the first TD and Pack drilled an extra point following the second.

Jameer Hunter gathered in a 14-yarder from Padmore-Johnson for the third touchdown of the second quarter with Pack delivering the PAT sending the Cards into the locker room at the break with a commanding 36-0 lead.

A 12-yard run by Ripley’s outstanding sophomore Joey Ramsey got the Vikings on the board with 4:37 to go in the third. Kaitlyn Lawrence added the extra point.

Padmore-Johnson and Hunter hooked up on a 57-yard pass play with 7:32 to go in the game followed by a Pack PAT for the last Cardinal score.

Ripley added its final scoring play with quarterback Brady Anderson running for 11 yards. The talented freshman, though, fumbled the ball, which was alertly recovered by teammate Isaiah Casto in the end zone. Carter Cochran drilled the extra point.

Spring Mills amassed 500 yards of total offense to Ripley’s 218.

Padmore-Johnson was 13-of-15 for 223 yards and three scores. McCarren completed two passes on two attempts for 70.

Padmore-Johnson was his team’s top rusher with 103 yards on 11 carries.

Kadin Hall led Ripley’s ground game with 103 yards on 20 carries.

Ramsey followed with 64 yards on 13 carries. Anderson had 10 carries for 44 yards. Alexander Mobley picked up four yards on three carries and Colton Pepper three on one.

Ripley did not attempt a pass in the contest.

Quinton Joyner had five solo tackles and two assists. Casto finished with four solos and two assists. Ramsey had two each in the loss.

Isaac Parsons had three solos, Jaydin Martin recorded two solos and an assist. Hall, Kaleb Swisher, and Pepper each had two solos. Eli Miller had one solo and one assist. Cochran, Anderson, Matt Moore, Colton Rhodes, and Matthew Armstead each had one solo.

Anderson punted five times for a 31-yard average.

Virgil Myers had a return for 22 yards and Martin three for 13 total yards.

Ripley is set to host Shady Spring this coming Friday.