Chiefs take two of three from Kingsmen The Ripon Chiefs traveled to Modesto Christian Sept. 24, where they took on the Kingsmen. Varsity Chiefs 32 – Kingsmen 0: The Chiefs came out with their pedal on the gas. Jacob Duxbury and Caleb McCusker both moved the ball on 10 yard runs. Caleb McCusker broke loose up the middle on the next play for a 35 yard TD run, followed by Steven Crescini’s PAT to put the Chiefs on the board first. The Kingsmen offense was shut down all day by a tough and scrappy Chiefs defense, with big hits coming early from Jacob Xavier. Back on offense Jacob Duxbury continued getting positive yards for the Chiefs, including a 5 yard run and a 15 yard pass reception from QB Nick Price. Caleb McCusker fought for another 15 yards and Drake Vizcarra for 5 more. Nick Price connected with Jacob Duxbury on another pass to gain 20 more yards, which set up a 7 yard TD run by Daelon Arriola. Reliable PAT kicker Steven Crescinito added 2 points to put the Chiefs up 16-0. The Chiefs defense continued making big plays, including a deflected pass by Drake Vizcarra and a blocked punt by Matthew Ysit. With good field position the Chiefs wasted no time and Adolfo Sanchez punched in the Chiefs third TD from 7 points out, with the virtually guaranteed PAT by Crescini extending the Chiefs lead to 24-0 at halftime. In the second half Nick Price connected with Andrew Wood on a 10 yard pass. Drake Vizcarra carried the ball for 5 and 10 yard gains, as did Adolfo Sanchez, to set up Angelo Baciocco’s 10 yard TD run. Steven Crescini booted in the extra 2 points. The Chiefs defense did not waiver the balance of the game. Defensive highlights included interceptions by Jacob Duxbury and Drake Vizcarra, and a goal line stand for the shut out. JV Chiefs 13 – Kingsmen 0: The undefeated Chiefs JV squad set the tone early with big plays on defense, including a tackle by Luis Candido and broken pass play by Alex Padilla. On offense, Matthew Dedonatis and Alex Padilla each had 10 yard runs, but a Chiefs fumble temporarily halted their advance. The Chiefs defensive squad continued to make big plays, including tackles by Andrew Durrer, Zach Bailey, Luis Candido, and Mitch Ulrich. These big defensive plays led to a Kingsmen fumble. The Chiefs offense took over with a 5 yard run by Ryan Wilson, followed by 5 and 10 yard runs by Zach Bailey, but another Chiefs fumble interrupted their forward progress. A highlight of the scoreless first half was a 50 yard punt by Luis Candido. The third quarter saw speedy Aaron Paschini intercept a Kingsmen pass and run it back 45 yards to the one yard line. A QB keeper by Logan Orlando gave the Chiefs their first TD and Alex Padilla scampered in on the right side for the extra point to put the Chiefs up 7-0. Luis Candido continued his stand out defensive play with a backfield tackle and a blocked punt. The next Chiefs offensive serious brought some hard running by Luke Navarro. Zach Bailey did not let up from his aggressive defense playing when he sacked the Kingsmen QB. The Chiefs were able to extend their lead to 13-0 when Matthew Dedonatis busted out a 40 yard TD run, and back on defense Dedonatis extinguished the hopes of the Kingsmen for a comeback when he intercepted a pass. Novice Chiefs 18 – Kingsmen 26:
The Kingsmen burned more than 6 minutes on their initial offensive series in the first quarter on multiple 3 and 4 yard running plays, but there were unable to find the end zone. The Chiefs offense struck first on an 80 yard TD run by Derric Roy. The Chiefs defense was anchored by solid play by Michael Solario, Roland Davis and Tyler Escobar, ultimately causing a Kingsmen fumble. Cade McCusker blasted a 10 yard run on the next Chiefs offensive series, but the offense stumbled after that. A highlight on the next Chiefs defensive series was a big tackle by Cade McCusker to prevent a Kingsmen TD. The Kingsmen were nevertheless able to tie the score 6-6 soon thereafter, but big play maker Derric Roy broke free again for a 70 yard TD. The Kingsmen quickly answered with their own TD and extra point to put the Kingsmen up 12-13. The Chiefs offense went back to work and moved the ball with a 10 yard run by Derric Roy and a QB keep by Matthew Padilla for another 10 yards. Unfortunately, a Chiefs fumble stopped the momentum. Wanting their offense back on the field, the Chiefs defense played tough, including big hits by Adam Wood, and soon Derric Roy went back to work and hit pay dirt again with his third TD of the day, this time by way of a 40 yard run to put the Chiefs up 18-13. Philip Dâ€™Angelo recovered an onside kick which allowed the Chiefs an opportunity to put the game away, but the Chiefs offense was unable to take advantage of their lead. The Kingsmen promptly went to work on another long and time-consuming offensive drive that take more than 6 minutes off of the fourth quarter clock and earned another TD. The Chiefs fumbled an onside kick to lose the ball to the Kingsmen with three minutes left in the game. The overworked Chiefs defense soon gave up another TD and extra point to end the game.