TIPTON — Before the first quarter was even half over, Tipton’s Blue Devils had reached the end zone four times. By the time, the first half ended, Tipton had stretched its lead to 62-0 over visiting Benton Central in Friday night’s Hoosier Conference opener for both teams.

The Blue Devils — with the exception of the kickoff and punt teams — went to their subs to start the third quarter. After a 90-minute first half, the second half lasted just a little more than 30 minutes as neither team scored and the game ended with that 62-0 advantage still on the scoreboard.

Tipton quarterback Ross Schulenburg completed 6 of 9 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, Tanner Langley rushed for two touchdowns and Ben Harlow, Brett DeWester and Sean Hickman each rushed for one TD. Harlow and Langley also returned interceptions for TDs. The 62 points scored by Tipton was the most since the devils defeated Sheridan 68-7 in 2001.

The quartet of Tipton running backs combined for 27 carries and 205 yards in the opening 24 minutes to go with Schulenburg’s 158 passing yards. Seth Jacobs caught three passes for 102 yards and a TD and Jake Dye had three receptions for 56 yards and a TD.

Tipton (3-0, 1-0 HC) did not take long to reach the end zone as Schulenburg and Jacobs hooked up on a 65-yard TD pass on the first play from scrimmage and Tipton led 7-0 at the 11:44 mark of the first quarter. Langley then scored on a four-yard TD run. Schulenburg and Dye hooked up on a 31-yard TD pass and Langley scored on a 32-yard run to stretch Tipton’s lead to 28-0 at the 7:38 mark of the first quarter. The Blue Devils ran just nine plays to get those four TDs.

Harlow’s 30-yard interception return upped Tipton’s lead to 35-0 with 5:10 left to play in the first quarter.

“That was the goal this week,” Tipton coach Aaron Tolle said of his team’s first-quarter production. “We haven’t played very well offensively in the first quarter the last two weeks and we wanted to improve that this week. I didn’t think we’d come out and score on the first play but we did. We had the quick start and things snowballed from there.”

DeWester scored on a three-yard TD run, Langley returned an interception 43 yards, Harlow ran in from four yards out, and Hickman bulled his way in from the one as the Blue Devils scored four more TDs in the second quarter.

“It seemed like we had all phases going well,” Tolle said. “That’s a goal of ours this year — to be as balanced as we can be. I feel like we ran the football more consistently than we had the last two weeks. I thought Ross threw the ball well; we didn’t give him many opportunities but when we did, he made good decisions and threw the ball well.”

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