Ohio Football

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Tippecanoe 42, Kenton Ridge 8

By Mark Pinto | Multimedia Journalist

Tippecanoe did not let last week’s second-half miscues carry over to the postseason as the Red Devils dominated Kenton Ridge, 42-8, Friday in the rematch from last week’s regular season finale.

Going into last week’s game, Tippecanoe was averaging over 42 points per game. The offense was back to form after the sloppy conditions and turnovers slowed down the Red Devils a week ago.

The Red Devils (9-2) quickly jumped ahead, 21-0 after a trick play turned into a 50-yard touchdown run, an Austin Clack one-yard touchdown run capped off an 85-yard drive and a Jakob Prall 62-yard punt return.

Before the first half ended, Tippecanoe was up 28-0 after quarterback Zach Blair found Prall on a five-yard touchdown pass.

Kenton Ridge’s (9-2) chances of a comeback diminished quickly in the second half when Prall returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 35.

This was completely different than the outcome of last week’s game. Tippecanoe was up at halftime 10-0, but it was all Kenton Ridge in the second half after mistakes and turnovers by the Red Devils. The second half comeback led to a 19-16 Kenton Ridge win and the share of the division title.

The win matches up Tippecanoe with undefeated Wapakoneta in the Regional semifinal. The game will take place next Friday at a site to be determined.

This is Tippecanoe’s 10th straight playoff appearance. The postseason has not been favorable to the Red Devils, who were 4-10 all-time before Friday's game.

This is Mark's first season writing for TriStateFootball.com. His experience includes working for six years at ESPN in studio production and he has been published in ESPN Magazine, Baseball America and Rotowire.com. Mark has lived in Northern Cincinnati for the past four years. If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.