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For the past decade Tippecanoe has been a model of consistency under head coach Charlie Burgbacher. In 2013 the Red Devils broke through old barriers and set new standards for the program with the most wins in school history and the school’s first trip to the regional championship game.
Burgbacher’s troops made the playoffs for the ninth consecutive year and then doubled the number of postseason victories that Tippecanoe struggled to amass in all their other trips to November combined. The bar has been raised in Tipp City by a group of Red Devils that dominated opponents on both sides of the ball this past fall.
Let’s take a game-by-game look at Tippecanoe Red Devils 2013 campaign:
GAME #1 – TIPPECANOE 68, GRAHAM 0: A crossover CBC affair versus Graham saw Tippecanoe totally dominate the Falcons in all phases of the game. Five different Red Devils scored in a 41-0 first-half outburst to start the season. Senior Jacob Hall led Tippecanoe with 184 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Classmate Cameron Johnson found the end zone twice on the ground. Cameron Gibbs, Sean Ford, Jarrett Wasson and Matt Davis also crossed the goal line for the victors. Geordie Heddleston paced the Red Devils’ defense that allowed just 94 yards of total offense to Graham with nine total tackles and a sack.
GAME #2 – TIPPECANOE 42, GREENVILLE 14: Once again a big first half propelled Tippecanoe to victory. The Red Devils raced out to a 35-8 halftime lead over visiting Greenville behind three Jacob Hall touchdown runs. The senior ended the game with 178 yard rushing as the Green Wave had no answers for the Tipp ground game that put up 296 yards on 26 carries. Junior quarterback Zak Blair was incredibly efficient with his opportunities going 5-of-5 for 103 yards through the air, including a 44-yard hook up with Ford for six points. Blair also had a 23-yard touchdown run on his only carry for the victors. The Red Devils’ defense was paced by senior Christian Carlson, who was in on eight total tackles with a sack and a fumble recovery. Classmate Alex Demers registered 2.0 sacks and nine total tackles.
GAME #3 – TIPPECANOE 49, MILTON-UNION 0: Tippecanoe continued their dominance over rival Milton-Union with their fifth straight win over the Bulldogs in the last five years. In their road opener the Red Devils busted out for 404 yards on the ground as Johnson and Jacob Hall each had three touchdown runs. Hall finished with a game-high 139 yards rushing while Johnson added 120 on 15 totes. Junior Alex Hall had a 86-yard kickoff return to paydirt to start the second half which led to 28-0 outburst by Tippecanoe in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. The Red Devils have outscored Milton-Union by a combined 76-0 over the past two seasons.
GAME #4 – TIPPECANOE 56, INDIAN LAKE 6: Defense continues to fuel Tippecanoe’s great start to the season. The Red Devils went on the road and held Indian Lake to 90 yards of total offense on 46 offensive snaps in another resounding win for the visitors. Tippecanoe registered three sacks and forced five turnovers (all fumble recoveries) including an eight yard return for a score by Logan Dawes. The quintet of takeaways aided in a four rushing touchdown performance by Johnson on the offensive side of the ball. He ended up with 88 yards on carries with a reception for another 22 yards. Jacob Hall ran for a game-high 102 yards with a rushing touchdown.
GAME #5 – TIPPECANOE 69, BENJAMIN LOGAN 0: After four weeks of smash-mouth football and pounding the rock the Tippecanoe ground attack took second stage to a dynamic passing game and the visiting Ben Logan had no answers for it. Senior quarterback Ben Hughes threw three of his career high four touchdown passes in the first quarter as Tipp built a 28-0 lead less than 12 minutes into the contest. Hughes finished the night 5-of-7 for 177 yards. Ford caught three balls all of which went for touchdowns including an 83-yard and 53-yard scoring catch. He finished with a career high 142 yards receiving. Jacob Hall was equally up to the task running the ball for the Red Devils with 127 yards and three rushing touchdowns on seven carries. In an almost carbon copy performance of the previous week the Tippecanoe defense allowed the Raiders just 91 yards of total offense on 42 offensive plays by the Raiders. It was the Red Devils third shutout of the season.
GAME #6 – TIPPECANOE 49, BELLEFONTAINE 14: The explosive Tippecanoe offense was at it again as they scored 49 points plus for the fourth straight week in taking down Bellefontaine to remain unbeaten. The Red Devils racked up 510 yards of total offense (589 rushing, 121 passing). Jacob Hall ran for 140 yards with two touchdowns on 20 carries. Hughes had a 44-yard scoring toss to Ford and had another 85 yards rushing with a touchdown. To this point each of Ford’s five catches on the year resulted in touchdowns. Matt Davis caught his second scoring toss of the year from Blair for the victors. Junior linebacker Austin Robbins added a pick six interception return. It was one of three interceptions of errant Chieftans passes that Tippecanoe came away with. Ford and Wes Ault also snared picks.
GAME #7 – TIPPECANOE 63, STEBBINS 20: Jacob Hall was at it terrorizing Stebbins for five first-half touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) as Tippecanoe remained unbeaten, cruising to a 2-0 start in the CBC Kenton. Hall finished the night with 182 yards on the ground and two receptions for another 41 yards. In three career games versus the Indians the Tipp senior has ran for 611 yards with 11 trips to the end zone (10 rushing). Classmate Johnson ran for 124 yards and a score. Alex Hall returned a punt 53 yards and caught a 63-yard pass from Blair for touchdowns. The Tippecanoe defense forced five Stebbins turnovers and yielded just 117 yards (0 passing). Wasson had an interception and a touchdown reception. Junior linebacker Austin Clack had his fifth straight game with double-digit tackles recording 13 with a fumble recovery for the Red Devils.
GAME #8 – TIPPECANOE 42, TECUMSEH 0: The focus for Tippecanoe was all about avenging last season’s overtime loss to rival Tecumseh and they did it in grandiose style. The Red Devils took a 14-0 advantage into halftime. It was their smallest lead of the season after two quarters. Tipp came out firing on all cylinders after intermission as Jacob Hall found the end zone three times. He would batter the Arrows for 152 yards with four rushing touchdowns for a second straight week. Alex Hall returned a punt for a score for a second straight week. This one was for 65 yards as the junior finished with 116 all-purpose yards on six touches. The Tippecanoe defense held the Arrows to 107 yards of offense on 47 plays.
GAME #9 – TIPPECANOE 35, KENTON RIDGE 7: An upstart Kenton Ridge squad was looking to jump back into the CBC Kenton race on senior night by knocking off unbeaten Tippecanoe. The Red Devils were more than up to the challenge with Jacob Hall putting on a show for a third straight week. The senior scored four of his five rushing touchdowns after halftime to bust open a close contest and spoil the Cougars evening. Hall ran for more than 200 yards for the fourth time in his career with 209 on the night while. The senior has been red hot with 14 touchdowns in his last three starts. Tyler Hunter and Demers led the Tipp defense that held Kenton Ridge to 121 yards on 3 plays. Each had a sack for the victors.
GAME #10 – TIPPECANOE 21, SHAWNEE 7: Jacob Hall wasn’t going to be denied as he rushed for a season-high 215 yards and two touchdowns as Tippecanoe prevailed over Shawnee to end 2013 with an undefeated regular season. The senior had plenty of help from classmate Johnson, who ran for the Red Devils other score while racking up 101 yards from scrimmage (50 rushing, 51 receiving) and had an interception on defense. Junior Zach Salyer came up with a season-high 12 total tackles and an interception for Tipp. Dawes, Heddleston and Wasson also were in on at least 10 total tackles for the victors.
GAME #11 – TIPPECANOE 42, KENTON RIDGE 7: Outclassed for the second time in three weeks Kenton Ridge found its first trip to the postseason since 2004 short-lived fun as Tippecanoe took them down to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Johnson and Ford each scored a pair of touchdowns in the win. Blair threw a pair of touchdown passes one to Johnson and another to Wasson. Jacob Hall ran for a 103 yards and a score. It was the 11th consecutive game in which Hall has gained 100 yards or more on the ground.
GAME #12 – TIPPECANOE 30, THURGOOD MARSHALL 13: Tippecanoe negated Thurgood Marshall’s speed and athleticism on offense by coming up with seven takeaways en route to a win that places them in the regional championship game for the first time in school history. The Red Devils defense had plenty of heroes on this night including Johnson, who came up with an interception and a fumble recovery. Clack was in on 17 total tackles. Salyer recovered a pair of fumbles and was in on nine total tackles. Tipp kicker Taylor Clark connected on three field goals. Jacob hall ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tippecanoe offense.
GAME #13 – TROTWOOD-MADISON 25, TIPPECANOE 7: The fairy tale season came to an end for Tippecanoe as they met their match in the Trotwood-Madison defense. The Red Devils were held to a season-low seven points as T-Mad won its fourth consecutive Regional championship. Big plays in the fourth quarter by the Rams sealed Tippecanoe’s fate. Jacob Hall finished the game with 146 yards on the ground but did not find the end zone for the first time this year. The only other time that the senior did not hit paydirt in a game in the past two seasons was in a playoff loss to Turpin in 2012.
MILESTONES AND MORE
--Tippecanoe set a school record with 12 win in a season. The Red Devils made ninth consecutive playoff appearance in 2013 and 10th in school history (4-10 overall). It was the first time that the Res Devils had won two playoff games in a season.
--The offense scored 42 or more points in each of the teams first eight games. The Red Devils averaged 44.1 points/game on the season.
--A proficient passing attack saw Tippecanoe connect on 58/101 passes of which 17 went for touchdowns.
--The defense recorded four shutouts in the team’s first eight games. The Red Devils allowed only 9.1 points/game on the season.
--Head coach Charlie Burgbacher has been the head coach at Tippecanoe for a quarter of a century. He owns a 249-133-4 overall record in 37 years as a head coach.
--It was a fitting end to a wonderful career for running back Jacob Hall. The senior ran for 2,021 yards and 33 touchdowns on his way to 1st Team All-Ohio honors. He was a 2nd Team All-Southwest District performer as a sophomore and junior. Hall ends his career with 5,108 yards with 73 touchdowns, 23 receptions for another 367 yards and four more trips to the endzone. He will attend Ivy League member Brown in the fall.
--A two-way star, Cameron Johnson was named 1st Team All-Ohio as a defensive back this season. The senior ran for 929, had 16 rushing touchdowns, 14 receptions for 271 more yards and another score. On the other side of the ball he was in on 45 total tackles and came up with five takeaways (four interceptions, one fumble recovery). Johnson finishes his career with 2,645 yards and 34 touchdowns rushing, 44 receptions for 599 receiving yards, four receiving touchdowns, 3,554 all-purpose yards, 88 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and four interceptions.
--Defensive lineman Alex Demers was the tone-setter for the Tippecanoe defense. The Miami (OH)-bound senior earned 2nd Team All-Southwest District honors after a 94 tackle and 5.0 sacks campaign.
--The high motor of lineman Tyler Hunterled to 6.5 sacks and 2nd Team All-Southwest District honors a as senior.
--Quarterback Ben Hughes always found a way to come up with the big play in the passing game. Hughes threw for 440 yards with 10 touchdown tosses on 44 attempts. He ends his career with 1,998 yards and 28 touchdowns passing.
--Coach Burgbacher found a way to get the ball into the hands of Sean Ford more often in 2013 and the junior cashed in. Ford touched the ball 32 times on offense (eight receptions) amassing 486 yards from scrimmage (213 rushing, 273 receiving) with nine touchdowns (three rushing, six receiving). He was his stellar self in the secondary with 65 total tackles and three interceptions to earn 1st Team All-CBC Kenton honors. The three-year letterman has recorded 223 tackles with eight interceptions in his career.
--Lineman Christian Carlson was a 1st Team All-CBC Kenton honoree as a senior after recording 55 total tackles with 2.0 sacks and two fumble recoveries.
--Senior kicker Taylor Clark was a model of consistency knocking down77-78 extra points and 3-4 field goals for 86 points. He was a 2nd Team All-CBC Kenton selection.
--Linebacker Austin Clack was in on 140 total tackles and came up with three fumble recoveries. The junior was named 1st Team All-CBC Kenton
--Linebacker Geordie Heddleston was a 1st Team All-CBC Kenton selection as a senior after registering 106 total tackles with a sack a fumble recovery and an interception.
--A tackling machine, defensive back Jarrett Wasson recorded 111 total tackles with a fumble recovery and an interception on his way to 1st Team All-CBC Kenton accolades as a senior.
--Junior quarterbackZach Blair and senior offensive lineman Konnor Kinser were 2nd Team All-CBC Kenton selections. Blair threw for 619 yards and seven touchdowns while splitting time with Hughes under center in 2013.
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