By MICHELLE GARMON For the Kokomo Tribune
---- — MONTICELLO — Tipton’s Class 2A No.8-ranked Blue Devils did pretty much whatever they wanted on their way to a 34-7 Hoosier Conference victory over Twin Lakes here Friday night.
Austin Hooker threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns and also added a rushing touchdown. As a team, Tipton totaled 233 yards rushing. Brody Dell and Jake Devendorf also had rushing touchdowns.
Devendorf finished with three TDs on the night. He caught TD passes of 35 and 40 yards in the first half and his six-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter capped off Tipton’s scoring.
Defensively, the Blue Devils allowed the Indians just 247 yards of offense on the night and 63 yards of that came on a TD run by backup freshman quarterback late in the game.
The Blue Devils got off to a great start scoring on their first two possessions. Tipton marched 79 yards in 10 plays on the first possession of the game. The Blue Devils had to overcome two holding penalties that totaled 24 yards.
Nate Hein had runs of 15 and 11 yards. Brody Dell added an 18-yard run. Hooker also went 3-for-3, completing passes of 13, five and 34 yards to Andy Overdorf, Nate Friend and Devendorf.
Devendorf’s catch gave Tipton a first-and-goal at the 3. Hein gained two yards. Hooker fumbled the ensuing snap but picked it up and bulled his way into the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
Tipton linebacker Codey Thomas came up with a big 12-yard sack of TL QB Cameron Bennington on a third-and-10 forcing a three-and-out. Following a 29-yard punt the Blue Devils were back in business at their own 49.
Five plays later they were back in the end zone. Devendorf accounted for all 51 yards, scoring on a 35-yard pass from Hooker. Tragesser’s PAT upped Tipton’s lead to 14-0 with 3:00 still remaining in the first quarter.
Twin Lakes put together a drive, advancing to the Blue Devil 15 before turning the ball over on downs on a bad snap on fourth down.
Tipton took over at its 20 and advances the ball inside the Indians 35 but Hooker’s fourth down pass fell incomplete and TL took over at its 34.
The Indians went back on the move and thanks to a 22-yard run by Cameron Bennington and a 17-yard run by Avery Randle had a first down at the Tipton 17.
On Randle’s run Dell came out of the gridlock with the ball and was sprinting towards the end zone when the whistle sounded but the officials ruled forward progress had stopped. It didn’t matter as on the very next play, Twin Lakes’ Michael Griffin was separated from the ball by a pair of Blue Devils and Hein recovered at his own 20.
Tipton needed three plays to go 80 yards. Dell rushed for 11 yards. Hooker then completed a 29-yard pass to Overdorf before connecting with a wide open Devendorf on a 40-yard hitch and go route for a 21-0 lead with 3:34 left in the first half.
Hooker was 13 of 20 for 200 yards and 2 TDs in the first half. He finished 14 of 23 for 227 yards and 2 TDs.
On Tipton’s first possession after halftime, Hooker gained 15 yards on a QB keeper. Dell did the rest. He ripped off a 20-yard run before following fullback Hein through a big hole on his way to a 29-yard TD run for a 27-0 Tipton lead.
On Tipton’s final scoring drive, Hein ran for two yards before Hooker found Overdorf for 27 yards. Devendorf the ran in from the 6 for a 34-0 lead with 2:10 left in the third quarter.
Dell passed the 100-yard mark finishing with 107 yards and a TD on 10 carries. He also caught two passes for 17 yards. Hein added 77 yards on 11 carries.
Devendorf caught four passes for 94 yards and two TDs and added 25 yards rushing on four carries. Overdorf had three receptions for 69 yards and Friend four catches for 43 yards.