Jack Wojahn (70) brings down Waupun’s quarterback in the end zone for a safety. It was one of two safeties for Ripon in the first quarter. 					      Jonathan Bailey photo
Jack Wojahn (70) brings down Waupun’s quarterback in the end zone for a safety. It was one of two safeties for Ripon in the first quarter. Jonathan Bailey photo

   The Little Brown Jug will remain in a trophy case at Ripon High School for at least another year.

   The Tiger football team retained the rivalry trophy, which dates back to 1940, last week Friday with a 44-7 home shellacking of Waupun.

   It marks the first time since 2004 that a team has been able to win the trophy back-to-back years.

   There was a gap between 2007 and 2011 and 2012 to 2014 where the teams did not play one another.

   The win also evens Ripon’s conference record at 3-3 and puts it in a position to clinch a playoff berth Friday if it can defeat Kewaskum on the road. It also could receive a playoff spot with a loss, but would need help from other teams.

   “The kids were happy about it,” Ripon head coach Mark Bradley said of being able to retain the Little Brown Jug. “That was something that was big to them to get that. It was just a good win for us.”

   The Tigers wasted no time showing who was the better team.

   They jumped out to a 38-0 lead after one quarter, before putting the game on cruise control the rest of the way en route to the 44-7 win.

   “We knew that we could come out and take advantage of some things,” Bradley said. “We got lucky on the first punt where they snapped it over their heads and we got the safety and we got things going. And then our kids just kind of took off from there. They came out ready to go and were aggressive. Sometimes when you have a team like Waupun that’s struggling, you play down to their level ... and I felt that we stayed at our high pace and intensity and were able to get onto a big lead in the first quarter."

Read the full story in the Oct. 17, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.