Football has no answer for Ripon

Kelson Warner

The Lawrence University football team met Ripon College in what would be the Vikings’ last game of the season. Lawrence played hard but couldn’t capitalize on their chances: They were outclassed by the Red Hawks, finishing the game with only seven points against Ripon’s 63.
Ripon (7-3, 6-3 MWC) dominated most of the game, scoring 21 points in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Lawrence (2-8, 2-7 MWC), was having a tough time putting things together, turning the ball over twice on a pair of interceptions in the first half alone.
At halftime, the Vikings were trailing 42-0, and it would just get worse from there.
The second half went much the same as the first. The Red Hawks added another 14 points in the third quarter, forcing the Vikings into making another two turnovers on an interception and a fumble. The Red Hawks eased off the gas pedal in the fourth quarter, only putting up one more touchdown to bring their score to 63.
The Vikings did manage to score on their last possession of the season when sophomore quarterback Tyler Mazur connected with senior receiver Jeremiah Johnson on a nine-yard touchdown pass to make the final score 63-7 in favor of Ripon.
Lawrence ended their season with two wins in conference play – their highest such total in the last three seasons – and they will look to continue improving next year under the leadership of Mazur and his fellow returning starters.