Vikings use home field advantage to knock off Buccanneers

Mark Martin
Ripley junior running back Joey Ramsey eclipsed the century mark Friday night, Sept. 3, in a win over Buckhannon-Upshur. He also scored a touchdown as Ripley moved its season record to 1-1.

RIPLEY — Many times in high school football a lot changes from Week 1 to Week 2.

It certainly did for the Ripley Vikings.

After dropping a season-opening game to Brooke on the road, the Vikings of second-year head coach Steve Sayre returned home for game two of the year and handed Buckhannon-Upshur a 31-13 setback inside Memorial Stadium.

A strong running game — something that was missing in the opener — helped pave the way to that first win of the campaign.

Joey Ramsey, a junior, accumulated 171 yards on 26 carries in the victory.

Sophomore Brady Anderson was handed the ball 16 times and carved out 67 yards. Anderson would score on three of those carries.

Senior Eli Miller gained 44 yards on five carries to help compliment the rushing attack.

Anderson and Ramsey scored first quarter touchdowns as Ripley took a lead it would never relinquish. Anderson’s TD run was from a yard out while Ramsey scored on a 9-yard jaunt. Katie Lawrence and Carter Cochran delivered the extra points after the two touchdowns.

Anderson upped Ripley’s lead to three touchdowns with a 4-yard run in the second quarter. Lawrence’s kick made it a 21-0 count.

Buckhannon-Upshur’s Savion Farmer raced 67 yards for the Bucs' first score of the game.

Ripley answered with an 8-yard Anderson TD run and Cochran kick to take a 28-7 cushion into the locker room at halftime.

Lawrence capped off Ripley’s scoring by drilling a 21-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Bryson Johnson scored Buckhannon’s second and final TD of the game in the third. The extra point was blocked.

The game was the first of the season for Buckhannon and new head coach Zach Davis. The Bucs were forced out of their first game with Bridgeport due to COVID issues.

Ripley amassed 308 yards of total offense in the win.

Junior quarterback Ty Stephens was 3-of-8 through the air for 26 yards. Parker Boyd caught one pass for 10 yards. Wyatt Simon had a catch for nine yards and Anderson hauled in one for seven.

Miller was the leading tackler with seven solos. Hunter Brown had six solos and an assist. Collen Moore collected four solos and assisted on three others. Litton had four solos and two assists. Virgil Myers had four solos and one assist.

Stephens punted twice for 78 yards.

Miller had three punt returns for 43 yards while Myers took one kickoff back for 27.

The 1-1 Vikings journey to Hamlin for a showdown with Lincoln County, also 1-1, Friday night, Sept. 10.