By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — 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.
Logansport’s Jacob Brown took the opening kickoff 89 yards to put Logansport up 7-0. Peru then went to work. The Tigers scored the next 38 points, putting the game way out of reach.
Steven McBride led the Tigers with 125 yards on 27 carries and Michael Richardson racked up 87 yards on just eight carries.
Peru improved to 2-0 with the win while Logansport dropped to 0-2. Peru opens Mid-Indiana Conference play next week against Eastern.
W. LAFAYETTE 56, CASS 8
Class 3A No. 9-ranked West Lafayette bolted to a 21-0 lead in the opening quarter and Class 2A No. 7 Cass never recovered, falling 56-8 on the Red Devils’ field in a game that was called early because of inclement weather.
The Red Devils (2-0) led 43-8 at halftime. At that point, QB Parker Ronchetto had completed all 11 of his pass attempts for 204 yards and four touchdowns.
The Red Devils had extended their lead to 56-8 deep in the third quarter when the game was called. The game already had been delayed once, at halftime.
Gabe Welch scored the Kings’ touchdown on a 2-yard run early in the second quarter.
Cass (1-1) opens Mid-Indiana Conference play against Northwestern.