Waupaca was on the board first with a field goal, but Ripon's James Vander Galien answered with a touchdown pass to Landon Fenner, to put Ripon up 6-3 at the half.
Then Waupaca's Nate Jenson posted a 4-TD second half rally, with three passing to Brando Vasquez and another on the ground.
Ripon (0-1) hosts Berlin at home next week, while Waupaca (1-0) heads to Freedom.
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