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Coming off arguably the best year ever for Tippecanoe football, the Red Devils that remain are dealing with the burden of having to produce an encore performance. This is a different squad than the senior laden-group that Tipp trotted out onto the field on its way to an undefeated regular season and ending up 12-1 with the school’s first-ever appearance in a regional final last fall.
Often times the season after such a special campaign tends to be a pleasant surprise. With some really talented pieces back for another go around, Tippecanoe has enough firepower to cause some havoc once again. Expectations and roles may change for the returnees that played key roles in ’13, but what won’t waiver is head coach Charlie Burgbacher getting the most out of these young men.
The Red Devils know how to win and now see the work ethic it takes to get to the deep into the playoffs. Tippecanoe is made up of a cast that was opportunistic last year (37 takeaways on defense) and that hunger should remain as they look to carve out their own special piece of program history.
Division III, Region 10
2013 RECORD: 12-1, 5-0 CBC Kenton – Region 10 Runner-up
COACH: Charlie Burgbacher (25 years at Tippecanoe, 249-133-4, 37 years, overall)
Sean Ford, SR, DB – One of the top cover men in the Region 10 more pushed his career totals to 223 tackles with eight interceptions on his way to earning Honorable Mention All-Southwest District and First Team All-CBC Kenton honors in 2013. Look for Ford to play an even bigger role on offense as a senior. He 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) a year ago.
Austin Clack, SR, RB/LB - A tackling machine, Clack was named Division III Honorable Mention All-Ohio and First Team All-Southwest District after recording 140 total tackles and recovering three fumbles as a junior.
Zack Blair, SR, QB – Despite splitting time with Ben Hughes, Blair threw for 619 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013. He was named Second Team All-CBC Kenton for his work.
Austin Robbins b>, SR, RB/LB – Steady and solid is what Robbins is all about. He was an Honorable Mention All-CBC Kenton pick last fall. Robbins has 155 total tackles, three fumble recoveries and a pick six interception return during his career.
Logan Dawes, SR, DE – The scrappy Dawes was in on 70 total tackles with three fumble recoveries as a junior. He has a 126 tackles at the varsity level.
Alex Hall, SR, WR/DB/RS – Hall will be a difference maker as a return man and a receiver for the Red Devils. He amassed 731 all-purpose yards found the end zone six times (three receiving, two punt returns, one kickoff return) on 62 touches as a junior.
Zach Salyer, SR, DE – A leader up front on defense, Salyer tallied 70 total tackles with three fumble recoveries and two interceptions as a junior. He is one of five returning defensive players that had at least three takeaways in 2013.
Jacob Ambos, JR, DB – A healthy Ambos will be more than a pleasant surprise by the time the season ends.
Chris Garber, JR, RB – Carries in prime time is what Garber is battling for. He will have his moments running the ball in 2014.
Jakob Prall, JR, RB/CB, 5-10, 160 – With a year of watching the upperclassmen from the sideline under his belt Prall should be able to step in and handle what’s asked of him this fall.
(10 appearances, 4-10) – 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2002
With so many new faces in new places the early non-conference schedule will provide those players to get their footing for CBC Kenton division play. In Divisional play the Red Devils will get their shot at earning Big Harbin points against playoff contenders Shawnee, Kenton Ridge, Bellefontaine and Tecumseh...FULL SCHEDULE
NEW PROGRAM STANDARDS
Tippecanoe set a school record with 12 wins in a season. It was the first time that the Red Devils had won two playoff games in a season. Tippecanoe made its ninth consecutive post-season appearance in 2013.
AIR TO PERFECTION
In 2013 Tippecanoe quarterbacks Ben Hughes and Zach Blair completed only 58 passes between them, but 17 went for touchdowns.
DEFENSE FUELS VICTORIES
Over the past two years Tippecanoe is a combined 20-4. The Red Devils held seven opponents scoreless, eight others to seven or fewer points and created 63 turnovers in that span.
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