A 66-yard run by Gabe Welch on the next play from scrimmage helped set up Cass’ first touchdown, a four-yard run from Brendan McGehee to pull the Kings (5-5) within 21-6 with 7:53 to play in the half.
Hooker hit Cory King with a 52-yard TD strike up the seam two minutes later, and 32-yard field goal from Jake Tragesser with just over a minute to play in the first half gave the Devils a 31-6 advantage at intermission.
Outside of Welch’s big burst, Cass managed 42 yards of offense in the first half.
“Giving up 38 points doesn’t surprise me, it doesn’t disappoint me,” Cass coach Scott Mannering said. “I was disappointed we didn’t answer. Offensively we didn’t play well enough to make it a game, and that’s discouraging. That’s been our issue against good teams this year, answering. I was disappointed we didn’t move the ball better offensively and make it a tighter game.”
The teams traded touchdowns in the second half. Hooker hit Jake Devendorf for a seven-yard score early in the fourth before Welch capped with scoring with a seven-yard TD plunge with 6:56 to play.
Welch finished the night with 116 yards on 11 carries in his final game for the Kings.
Nate Hein added 61 yards on 19 carries for Tipton. Friend led the receiving corps with four catches for 80 yards, while Devendorf added four grabs for 66 yards.
Tipton will host Central Catholic next week in a Sectional 35 semifinal. LCC (9-1) defeated North Putnam 51-0 Friday. The Knights defeated the Blue Devils 14-7 in Tipton in Week 6. Hooker did not return to the lineup until the following week, when Tipton topped Sheridan 27-24. LCC has won four straight Class A state titles, but was moved up to 2A this season with the IHSAA’s new success factor.
“It’s going to be a great ballgame,” Tolle said. “I think they’ve won 25 straight games in the tournament, which is close to a tournament record. They’ve won a bunch of close games this year. We’re going to have our hands full. They’re a team that is going to die really, really hard.”