Class 2A No. 4-ranked Tipton beat Elwood 28-19 Friday night at Elwood, but the win came at a potentially heavy cost.
Tipton quarterback Austin Hooker, who was the Kokomo Tribune All-Area Offensive Player of the Year in 2012, suffered an arm injury on the game’s opening drive and did not return. Hooker injured his right (non-throwing) arm on an 18-yard run.
Brody Dell capped the drive with a two-yard TD plunge. Elwood answered with a score of its own, but Tipton’s Jake Devendorf returned the kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to put the Blue Devils in the lead for good.
Cory King joined the special teams fun later in the first half. After Elwood scored to draw within 21-13, King had an 85-yard kickoff return to the house, helping Tipton take a 28-13 lead into halftime.
Elwood had a 96-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter, cutting the Devils’ lead to 28-19, but Tipton held strong the rest of the way to secure the win.
Tipton improved to 2-0 ahead of its Hoosier Conference opener against Benton Central next week.
“We took a real shot to the gut in the first quarter, no doubt,” Tipton coach Aaron Tolle said. “We looked real ugly at times but we found a way to grind out points and come up with stops. It was a real gutty effort on our part.”
Sophomore Jack Critser came in and played quarterback the rest of the game for the Blue Devils.
“He did a great job,” Tolle said. “He did what we asked him to do. He threw some good balls, we were just off timing wise. We will work with him and he will get a lot more reps in practice this week and he will be better next week.”
PERU 45, LOGANSPORT 14
The Peru Bengal Tigers made the short trip down U.S.24 to take on the Logansport Berries in the state’s oldest rivalry game Friday night. The Tigers marched their way to a 45-14 victory in the 111th meeting between the schools.