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August 24, 2013

Blue Devils make strong statement

Tipton manhandles Heights in matchup of top-10 teams.

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Tipton went on to lead 15-0 at halftime.

Heights scored its only touchdown of the game on the first possession of the third quarter, cutting Tipton’s lead to 15-7 at the 10:46 mark of the third quarter.

Tipton answered. Jake Devendorf’s 22-yard kickoff return had the Blue Devils starting at their own 38. They needed five plays to score. Hein began the drive with an 18-yard run and Tipton picked up 15 more yards as he was brought down by his face mask resulting in a penalty and a first down at the Husky 29. Four plays later, Hooker rushed 19 yards and carried four or five Huskies into the end zone with him. The kick gave Tipton a 22-7 lead with 8:18 left in the third quarter.

“They regrouped and had that great drive coming out of halftime,” Tolle said. “That’s the second or third time that’s happened to us where the team came out of halftime and scored. It happened to us at West Lafayette last year. We dominated the first half but they returned the second-half kickoff to the 5 and then it’s a ballgame. It’s something we will work on. But we answered and I certainly can’t fault our kids’ effort tonight.”

After stopping the Huskies on downs at the Tipton 32, the Blue Devils used a 12-play drive to basically put the game away. Hooker capped the drive with a 5-yard run, his third TD of the night that wrote the 28-7 finish.

Tipton did not punt all night as its final drive, it ran out the clock. The Blue Devils finished with 386 yards of offense to the Huskies’ 137.

“I think our inexperience showed when we didn’t respond to adversity,” Heights’ Street said. “We did regroup a bit at halftime and put together a nice quick drive to start the second half. But then they do what good, veteran teams do, they responded. Our inexperience showed a lack of ability to overcome that.”

Tipton travels to Elwood next Friday.

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