Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


November 16, 2013

Tipton crushes Oak Hill to win football regional

Explosive Blue Devils crush Golden Eagles in regional


“This might be a little weird, but I didn’t wear any underwear [Friday] and I felt that made me a little quicker.”

After another Oak Hill punt, Tipton again went to Hein on the first play and he raced 66 yards to the Oak Hill 16. Three plays later, Tipton quarterback Austin Hooker bulled in from eight yards out and the rout was on.

“Well, you can’t draw it up any better than that,” Tipton coach Aaron Tolle said. “We said the game was going to be won at the line of scrimmage and our offensive line set the tone the first three or four drives we had the ball, and just dominated the line of scrimmage.

“I think they really wanted to take away Austin. I think they were really loading up on the quarterback’s side and to our kids’ credit, they took advantage of it. You take one away, it’s hard to take away the other.”

Tipton needed just one play again for its fourth TD, a 32-yard pass from Hooker to Brody Dell, and needed two plays for its fifth TD when Hooker faked a handoff, then raced 40 yards for a score. The Devils iced the half by marching 72 yards in less than a minute as Hooker completed four passes, finishing with a 26-yard TD strike to Nate Friend and the 42-0 halftime advantage.

Tipton ran just 13 plays in the first half and scored six touchdowns. Hein ran three times in the opening half for 237 yards. Seven of Tipton’s 13 plays went for 22 yards or more.

In Tipton’s first possession of the second half, Hooker found Hein on a short screen as a last resort after downfield options were closed off, and Hein weaved through the defense for a 49-yard score. Dell added a one-yard TD later in the quarter to close Tipton’s account.

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