INDIANAPOLIS — The Class 2A state final turned into a nightmare from which Tipton's football team couldn't wake up.
The Blue Devils became a victim of their own doing, committing six turnovers as they were overwhelmed by Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter's high-octane offense, a recipe that spelled doom in a 56-6 thrashing at the hands of the Raiders Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
"We did something wrong, because we certainly didn't do anything right [Saturday]," Tipton coach Aaron Tolle said. "I don't know what it is. We played four great ballgames in order to get here, and just didn't have it [Saturday]. We made every mistake under the sun, and we were playing an excellent football team. We were never able to get any momentum whatsoever. It's extremely disappointing. I'm not disappointed at my kids, I'm disappointed for my kids."
The Blue Devils lost a pair of fumbles, were intercepted four times, and had both a blocked punt and kickoff returned for touchdowns in a game that turned into a mismatch very early as a result.
"That sums up the whole day," Tolle said. "We couldn't get anything to go right. Simply wasn't our day. We had as many turnovers [Saturday] as we did the whole tournament coming in to this. You can't do that against a good team like that."
No. 3-ranked Ritter put the Blue Devils in an early 14-0 hole with a pair of long drives that sandwiched a Tipton three-and-out. Ritter quarterback Jake Purichia distributed the ball to a bevy of receivers with a dizzying array of screen passes and crossing routes before finishing off drives of 66 and 60 yards, with a one-yard sneak and five-yard run, the last of which came with 4:57 left in the first.