CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ripley quarterback Trevor Tucker and the Vikings offense trucked past Nitro to earn the team's first win of the season and thwart Nitro's hopes of a homecoming victory.
Tucker and the Ripley offense accounted for 429 total yards in a 41-20 Mountain State Athletic Conference road win as the Vikings showed little to no traits of a squad that entered the contest winless.
"It means the world," Ripley coach Dave Tennant said of the Vikings' first win of the season. "It's definitely something they've worked hard for and it's a good feeling, one we've been needing for a while.''
Ripley (1-5) started the second half with a 35-6 advantage. Nitro (1-4) found a bit of offense in the second half with two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but could not muster the necessary comeback to catch the Vikings.
Tucker finished with 13 carries for 140 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Tucker also completed 9 of 12 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns.
"He has the true heart of a champion, he truly does," Tennant said of Tucker. "We ask him to lead the way and he's done a great job doing it."
The Vikings opened with the game's first score on a rushing touchdown and never trailed as the Ripley running attack gained ground and stole the show. In addition to Tucker's great rushing game, Gabriel Hamrick finished with 104 yards on the ground.
"We didn't take control," Nitro coach Derek Midkiff said of the Wildcats' slow start. "That's how the game went."
Tucker accounted for four first-half touchdowns, including two rushing scores. Tucker scored on the second offensive play from scrimmage with a 22-yard run to take a lead the Vikings never surrendered.