|Tipp players honored for record-setting season|
|Written by Jim Dabbelt|
|Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00|
It will go down in the history books as the most memorable season in Tippecanoe football history.
A trip to the regional finals, two playoff wins, and 12 wins on the season. All are history-making accomplishments for the Red Devils. And despite the tough 25-7 loss they took on Friday night to Trotwood Madison, several of the players will leave their prep careers with a memory that cannot be tarnished.
Several of the athletes not only were part of the league championship team, and regional runner-up, but also received honors for the season they just had. Each year, the Associated Press selects the all-district teams for different regions across Ohio, seven to be exact, and the Southwest District teams were voted on and selected last week, with several Red Devils honored to that listing.
Named to the offensive first-team was Jacob Hall, as the 6-foot-2 senior running back finished his senior season with (1875) yards, and was one of two running backs chosen. Hall exploded for over 200 yards twice this season, 209 against Kenton Ridge and 215 against Shawnee to end the regular season. Hall also rushed for (33) touchdowns on the ground, and one in the air. He will be remembered as one of the greatest to ever suit up for the Red Devils.
Also named to the first-team were two Red Devils on the defensive side of the ball. Austin Clack, a 5-foot-11 junior linebacker, along with Cameron Johnson, a 6-foot defensive back, both received honors by the voters. Clack had 128 tackles this season, including 43 solo tackles. He also forced three fumbles, and recovered three more. Johnson added 42 sacks for the Red Devils, and intercepted four passes.
On the second-team were four more members of the Red Devils squad. On offense lineman Tyler Hunter, a 5-foot-11 senior joins kicker Taylor Clark, a 6-foot senior on the list. Clark was 76/77 on his extra points this season, and ironically saved all three of his field goals this season for the playoff game against Thurgood Marshall, a big key in the victory. Hunter was a key part of an offensive line that allowed Tipp to rush for over 3,600 yards this season.
Defensively, two more Red Devils were honored on the defensive second-team, including 6-foot-2 Alex Demers at defensive line, and 5-foot-11 senior Jarett Wasson in the defensive backfield.
Demers was honored for his work as the defensive Player of the Year in the CBC, and had 83 tackles on the season, including 13 against Thurgood Marshall. Wasson not only caught four touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball, but he also 98 tackles, one fumble and one interception.
So as the 2013 edition of Red Devils football walked off the field for the final time on Friday, I’m sure they felt the sting of suffering their only loss of the year.
But for the masses of Tipp fans who filled the stands at Piqua, they stung also….. but they also were proud.