There is an old saying that even the good teams are either outplayed or plays poorly in 20 percent of their games, and the great teams find a way to win those games. For the Tippecanoe football team, you can chalk last Friday night’s game at Indian Lake as one of those games.
After a poor first half that saw the Red Devils go into the half trailing by 10 points, they took the lead in the fourth period, and held on as the Lakers drove inside the 25 yard line in the final minute to win 17-13, to move to 5-0 on the season.
Indian Lake scored on their opening drive of the game, successfully kicking a field goal to give the host Lakers a 3-0 lead in the crossover CBC matchup.
The Red Devils answered when Dylan Shomper tied the game on his own field goal, sending the game to the second period tied at three.
Following another field goal from the Lakers in the second period, they added a touchdown right before the half to take a 13-3 lead into the locker room.
“We only had two possessions in the first half because they were doing a good job controlling the clock,” said Tippecanoe coach Joel Derge. “When we were down at the half, we told them not to leave anything out on the field. The kids came out ready to go in the second half, and scored on them right away.”
Only 1:30 into the third period, Tipp scored to close the deficit. A huge run deep into Indian Lake territory by Trevor Staggs set up a Chris Garber touchdown, making it a 13-10 game.
The Red Devils still trailed by three heading to the fourth. Following an Indian Lake punt, the Red Devils took the lead.
Their ensuing drive ended with a 15 yard run by quarterback Brandon Gotthardt gave Tippecanoe the lead 17-13, and it was their defense’s job to hold that down the stretch.
Indian Lake began to drive down the field, and moved the ball to the Red Devils’ eight yard line, where Tipp stopped them on a fourth down and inches play. The Red Devils then took over.
On the Lakers final series, they converted on a huge fourth down play to keep the game alive. It looked like the Lakers were on the drive to shock the Red Devils.
Riley Hadden had other plans, as she intercepted a lob pass down toward the endzone with 17 seconds left, preserving the Red Devils victory.
“Our defense shut them out in the second half,” Derge said. “Our defensive line got after their quarterback.”
“Offensively we struggled and the kids were upset,” he added. “Good teams find a way to win, and our defense was that reason for us. It was a good team win and team effort.”
Tippecanoe returns to action this Friday against Shawnee at home, kickoff is 7:30 at the Tipp Park Stadium.