Turlock defensive end Devin Bradley celebrates a stop by the Bulldogs' defense during a season-opening win over Freedom of Oakley on Aug. 23, 2019. The Bulldogs return home to face another Bulldog this Thursday -- Tracy High, its annual Dogbone rival. (Samantha Schmidt)

Ripon erases 24-point deficit and reaches first section final in 23 years

Independent Contributor
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Some had tears in their eyes while others screamed with excitement.

Ripon High had just clinched its first championship appearance since 1996 with an improbable 34-33 victory over Amador in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V semifinals on Friday.

The thoughts running through the minds of the coaches and players: “We did what?”

Somehow, someway, the Indians (11-1) erased a 27-3 deficit, capping the remarkable comeback when senior quarterback Nico Ilardi connected with junior wide receiver Mason Knight for the go-ahead 28-yard touchdown pass with 3 minutes, 30 seconds remaining.

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