Ripley Vikings high school football team loses to Point Pleasant in final game of season

Mark Martin
Special to Jackson Newspapers

Prior to its season finale with Point Pleasant, Ripley head football coach Steve Sayre felt Dave Darst’s crew was the best the Vikings had faced all season.

And based on the final score, the second-year Ripley leader likely was right.

Point Pleasant won convincingly over Ripley by a final of 51-0 to keep their outstanding season going at 8-1. Point, who entered No. 5 in the latest Class AA ratings, will finish the regular season Friday night, Nov. 5, at Winfield before the postseason playoffs of West Virginia get going.

For Ripley, it was the end of a frustrating season. The Vikings posted a 1-9 record.

The Vikings ended a frustrating season, posting a 1-9 record. The season finale was against Point Pleasant, which Ripley head football coach Steve Sayre felt was the best crew the Vikings had faced all season.

“They are a very talented football team,” said Sayre. “They have a couple of weapons and an outstanding defense. We just didn’t have answers.”

The weapons Sayre spoke of were running back Gavin Jeffers and quarterback Evan Roach.

Both scored two touchdowns on the night. Jeffers rushed for 173 yards on 14 carries while Roach picked 85 on 12.

Roach was 4-of-7 through the air for 40 yards and a score.

Point piled up 501 yards of total offense to Ripley’s 82.

The hosts set the stage with three straight first down runs and would go on to produce a pair of scores in the first quarter. 

Roach’s first of the night came from a yard away while Jeffers got in from four yards out. Ellie Wood made both extra points.

The Black Knights extended their lead to 34-0 in the third quarter on a 14-yard run by Roach, a TD pass to Cody Shultz and two TD passes. Jeffers finished things off for the half with a 4-yard dash to the end zone. Wood made two more PATs, with the Vikings blocking the other.

Alex Strader drilled a 29-yard field goal in the third and Zander Watson scampered 12 yards to paydirt for another Point TD.

Up 44-0 heading into the fourth, Point wrapped up its scoring on a 3-yard run by Stephen Clark and an extra point by Wood.

Ripley’s ground game was paced by Joey Ramsey, who finished with 57 yards on 12 carries.

Brady Anderson had 20 on eight carries.

Eli Miller had two carries for 12 yards, Aydin Domico picked up 10 on just one carry while Jaydon Martin had four yards on two touches of the football.

Quarterback Ty Stephens was 2-of-7 for six yards. Point’s vaunted defense picked up off three Viking passes.

Defensively, Hunter Brown had another solid game for Ripley coming up with seven solo stops. Ramsey also had seven solo tackles.

Virgil Myers finished with six and Colton Pepper had four.

Miller, Colton Rhodes and Collen Moore had three each. Isaiah Casto, Parker Boyd, Wyatt Simon, Martin and Jacob Torres came up with two. Brady Anderson, Cooper Durst, Austin Litton and Bradley Anderson had one stop on the night.

Stephens averaged 27 yards on four punts for Ripley.

Point will look to close out the season with a win against Winfield and solidify its chances of hosting at least one and possibly two playoff games in Class AA.

The West Virginia postseason will begin the weekend of Nov. 12-13.

Playoff games can be played on Friday nights at 7:30, Saturday afternoons at 1:30 and Saturday nights at 7:30.

The higher-seeded teams get to pick the location while the lower-seeded schools select the day and time.