|Tipp's big plays Smother Stebbins|
|Written by Gary Gregory|
|Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00|
Those fans who thought visiting Stebbins would give Tippecanoe a game Friday were mistaken.
Like a sharp knife cutting through warm butter, the relentless Red Devils pounded the overmatched Indians 63-20 on Homecoming night.
In a series of big plays that resembled a season's highlight reel in one night, the unbeaten Red Devils improved to 7-0 while the pesky Indians dropped to 3-4.
Consider the squad as the Red Devil Express, known as RDE for short. The juggernaut has derailed every team by 49 points or more in every game in the 2013 campaign.
Friday's off-the-rail win over Stebbins started quickly in the first two minutes.
After holding the Indians to a three-and-out on it first possession, the Red Devils recovered a fumble after a muffed Indian punt.
On Tipp's first offensive play, quarterback Ben Hughes connected with Jason Hall for a 34-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
Hall, by way, tallied five TDs that also included four on the ground, one for 59 yards and one for 48 yards. Hall gained 182 yards on 16 carries.
Hall's younger brother -- junior Alex Hall -- tallied a score on a 65-yard hookup from quarterback Zack Blair.
Stebbins scored its first TD in the first quarter when KeShawn Stafford picked up a Tipp fumble for a 57-yard score. The visitor's second TD was set up in the third quarter by a long interception return to the 1-yard line. Stafford tallied the TD on a short quarterback sneak.
The Indians scored in the final period on an 82-yard window dressing TD by runner Louis Ryan. By scoring 20 points the Indians have been the only Tipp opponent to score three TDs in a game..
Tipp led 49-7 at halftime and added its final two TDs in the second half.
Running back Cameron Johnson had a field day in the second quarter with three straight runs of 15 yards or more. On one play, senior receiver Jarett Wasson opened the door with a punishing block that sprang Johnson around end for a nice gain.
Moreover, Johnson looked like a bumper car at an arcade as he bobbed and weaved a serpentine course for a 28-yrd TD run.
Wasson, himself, got into the scoring act with a 3-yard pass from Hughes in the third period.
Alex Hall tallied Tipp's final score on a nifty 53-yard punt return.
Senior kicker Taylor Clark connected on nine-of-nine extra points.
According to coach Charlie Burgbacher, a convincing 63-20 win over Stebbins for a 7-0 record is just the set-up for the next three games against quality opponents.
This Friday the Red Devils travel to Tecumseh (4-3), who dropped a 28-21 decision to Springfield Shawnee.
The last two games of the season are a road game at Kenton Ridge and a home game against Springfield Shawnee
Score by quarters:
Stebbins 7 0 7 6 -- 20
Tippecanoe 14 35 14 0 -- 63