n Ripley takes lead late in the third period then holds off Commodores.
From staff reports
OXFORD - The Ripley Tigers capitalized on six turnovers to take a 13-7 win against Lafayette County in a non-region matchup Friday night.
The loss drops the Commodores to 3-4 overall as they preapre for a key Region 1-4A road game at Shannon next week.
Ripley, a Region 1-3A member, is 2-5.
The visiting Tigers fell behind in the first quarter when Lafayette's Dallas Mooneyham passed 22 yards to Chris Vaughn. The point after by Eli Gross made it 7-0.
But Ripley tied the game in the second on a 1-yard run by Clint Thomas. Eddie Rangel's kick made it a 7-7 game.
The Tigers then benefitted from a turnover to take the lead in the third quarter.
Thomas did the honors again, this time from 2 yards out, and the kick was no good.
Ripley gained possession after the Commodores fumbled a punt.
Lafayette's inability to hold the football has head coach Scott Samsel shaking his head.
"We moved the football early. We'd flip off 20 or 25 yards and then turn it over," he said. "We work so hard on that. We've had that problem this year, and we spend time and time on it in practice. But every loss we've had this year has been the result of turnovers."
Samsel said he didn't think his players looked past Ripley to Shannon. Lafayette trails the Red Raiders by a game in the Region 1-4A standings.
"I really don't think so," he said. "We've got good kids, and they work so hard. I hate to see it when we don't play our best."
Ripley hosts rival New Albany Friday in a Region 1-3A affair.