By Josh Brown
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe isn’t used to playing from behind this season.
So it only did it for a few seconds.
After visiting Ben Logan took an 8-7 lead on its first possession of the game, the Red Devils (4-0) closed the first half with 55 unanswered points, hitting the Raiders from every angle and in every way possible in a 76-22 victory Friday night at Tipp City Park.
“They took some of our guys away tonight, so we hit them with other guys,” Tippecanoe coach Joel Derge said. “We’ve got some weapons on offense, and we think we can score at any time. That’s not the kids being arrogant, that’s just the mindset they have on the field.”
The Devils back it up, too.
Jakob Prall — who finished with 132 rushing yards and three touchdowns on only four carries — broke off a 44-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. Ben Logan marched it right down the field, scored and converted for two to take a short-lived 8-7 lead, but Austin Subler gave the lead back to Tipp on a 4-yard run and Prall broke a 34-yard touchdown to make it 21-8 after one.
Then the Devils exploded for 41 second-quarter points. Prall caught a pair of touchdown passes from Brandon Gotthardt, Aaron Hughes returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown and Trevor Staggs returned an interception 30 yards for a score. Prall and Cameron Gibbs each added a rushing touchdown to make it 62-8 at halftime, and Staggs and Clay Barhorst each scored third-quarter touchdowns to add to the score.
“Honestly, I think we had more total yards in our 35-point effort against Milton last week,” Derge said. “They threw six interceptions, we ran a punt and an interception backs — it was just a perfect storm. Offense, defense, special teams, we had a good all-around team game.”
Tippecanoe travels to 3-1 Indian Lake in Week 5.
Miami East 62,
ARCANUM — Miami East coach Max Current summed it up after Friday’s game at Arcanum.
“Both offenses came to play. The defenses? I don’t know,” he said after his Vikings and the host Trojans combined for more than 1,000 yards of total offense and 100 points in a 62-40 Miami East victory in Cross County Conference play.
“They had trouble stopping our offense,” Current said. “We had a long touchdown called back by a penalty and had to punt, and that was the only time we punted on the night. We had good offensive performances by a lot of guys.
“We’re not pleased with giving up 40 points, though. Give credit to Arcanum — their first four games they’ve played Covington, Riverside, North and us. Their quarterback is a heck of a football player, too, and they kept coming. We scored two touchdowns to go up 10 at the half and held a two-score lead pretty much the rest of the way.”
Logan May — who had more than 300 yards of total offense himself — scored on runs of 49 and 84 yards to give East (3-1, 3-0 CCC) a 14-6 lead after one, but Arcanum scored back-to-back touchdowns to grab an 18-14 lead. Braxton Donaldson then threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Arron Adams and a 9-yard score to Kurt Brower, and the Vikings led 28-18 at the half.
May then caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Donaldson and ran for scores of 14 and 63 yards in the third to make it 49-32 heading into the final quarter, and May added two more touchdowns of 19 and 2 yards in the fourth to put it away.
May had 286 yards and six touchdowns on 17 carries and Donaldson was 7 for 13 for 119 yards and three scores to lead the way.
Miami East hosts Mississinawa Valley in Week 5.
WEST MILTON — Last season, Milton-Union won a total of three games.
After four weeks, the Bulldogs have already matched that mark — and they’re looking for more.
Milton-Union (3-1, 1-0 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) held off another much-improved team from a year ago, 2-2 Northridge, Friday night, winning 29-22 in its division opener at Memorial Stadium.
“That’s the best Northridge team I’ve seen in a while. This was a gut-it-out kind of win,” Milton-Union coach Mark Lane said. “We had a nice drive to score at the end of the game, but they came right back and scored and set up for an onside kick — but we recovered it and held on.
“The guys just keep proving that they’re not going to quit and that they care about each other.”
The Bulldogs hosts 2-2 Preble Shawnee in Week 5.
CLAYTON — Piqua met the enemy on the gridiron at Northmont High School Friday night.
And they were wearing blue helmets and white jerseys with red numbers.
While, the scoreboard will say Northmont won the game 21-13, most of the damage to the Indians was self inflicted. Special teams breakdowns, turnovers, penalties, mental mistakes — Piqua did all four.
After the Indians dodged one bullet when Northmont’s Nick Boyd return a punt for a touchdown, only to have it called back on a block in the back, disaster struck on Piqua’s next punt. After Jabari Perkins initially muffed the punt, he picked it up on his own 19 and went 81 yards to the end zone. Nick Winchester’s kick put Northmont up 7-0.
Following an Andrew Lee interception, Piqua tied the game just before half, 7-7 on a 3-yard score by Darien Tipps-Clemons.
Northmont took a 14-7 lead early in the third, but Piqua quarterback Rupert Delacruz ran in a 10-yard touchdown to make it 14-13. Northmont scored early in the fourth — a drive aided by a roughing-the-passer penalty — to make it an eight-point game, and Piqua’s next drive stalled, hurt by a false start call and a sack. Unofficially, the Indians piled up 127 yards in penalties.
Hillcrest Academy 18
BRADFORD — It’s been nearly three years since a Bradford Railroaders football team has tasted the sweet fruit of victory.
Finally, during Friday night’s Homecoming game versus the Rams of Cincinnati’s Hillcrest Academy (2-2), the Railroaders were able to pluck that fruit and take a big, savory bite.
Bradford’s 34-18 win marked the first victory of the 2015 season, the first win since Oct. 26, 2012, and the first win for new Head Coach Nathan Hyatt.
“This is just huge for us,” said Hyatt, the recipient of multiple hugs, fistbumps and handshakes following the game. Tearfully, he handed the gameball, awarded to him by his players, to his wife for safekeeping.
Mason Justice scored three first-half touchdowns to put the Railroaders (1-3) up 22-12 at the half, then Andrew Branson hit Tyler Gunter with a 35-yard score to extend the lead in the third. Bryson Canan then broke a 27-yard touchdown to put the game away.
Other scores: Upper Scioto Valley 28, Lehman 20.
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