Ripnick leads Eagles with 2 TDs, 157 yards

Ripnick leads Eagles with 2 TDs, 157 yards

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Ripnick leads Eagles with 2 TDs, 157 yards

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MIDDLETOWN

Jake Ripnick made his running style clear after powering Middletown South past Howell, 35-7, in Shore Conference Class A North on Friday night.

“I look for the open field,” he said, “and I want to run out of my skin.”

Ripnick, a senior running back, rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. He scored both touchdowns in the first half in which he shredded the Rebels for 121 yards on 15 attempts.

The Eagles (2-0, 1-0) erupted for 21 points in the final 7:58 of the first half for a 21-0 lead.

“We wanted to punch them in the mouth,” Ripnick said, “and we did just that offensively.”

The Eagles went 30 yards on five plays for their first touchdown after a 29-yard Howell punt. Ripnick capped the drive with a 10-yard run and junior Ryan O’Connor kicked the first of his five extra points for a 7-0 lead.

A Ripnick 10-yard run moved the Eagles to the Howell 11. Ripnick followed a 1-yard run with his touchdown.

The Eagles pushed their lead to 14-0 with 4:39 left in the half on a 33-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Kyle Brey to junior Tayler Hendrickson. Ripnick set up the score with a 7-yard run to the Howell 37 and a 4-yard burst to the 33 before Brey and Hendrickson worked their magic.

South junior defensive back Andrew Wisialko returned a pass interception 20 yards to the Howell 30 with 3:22 to go. The pick set up a Ripnick 1-yard touchdown run with 50 seconds left for a 21-0 lead.

Ripnick opened the drive with a 10-yard run to the 20. A pass completion resulted in a 3-yard loss to the 23. Junior running back Elijah Smith gained 6 yards to the 17. Brey hooked up with Hendrickson for a 16-yard gain to the 1 and Ripnick followed with his touchdown.

The Eagles stretched their lead to 28-0 with 1:17 to play in the third quarter in which Smith intercepted an Aaron Trimble pass and jetted 55 yards for a touchdown.

Smith widened the lead to 35-0 with 5:35 remaining in the game on a 2-yard touchdown run. Howell got on the scoreboard with 3:40 left on a Trimble to Jarvis Leaks 24-yard touchdown pass.

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