Solid offensive nucleus has Tippecanoe primed for another big season


Tipp City Tippecanoe Red Devils
The biggest task 19-year head coach Charlie Burbacher faces is replacing his backfield, which included three-year starters David Strawser (QB), Andrew Ford (RB) and Scott Franzer (RB). Despite the key losses, the Red Devils will return five players on the offensive side of the ball, which gives Burbacher a nucleus to build around.

K Jordan Beighle (5-7, 160, Sr.), RB/DB John Krall (5-10, 185, Sr.), RB/LB Kyle Corbin (6-1, 205, Sr.), RB/LB Dustin Colbert (6-0, 185, Sr.), OG/DL Matt Catron (6-1, 215, Sr.), OT/DL Greg Gatchell (6-3, 230, Sr.), QB/DB Wes Marsh (5-10, 170, Jr.), QB/DB T.J. Smith (5-11, 170, Jr.), RB/DB Allen Comer (5-7, 140, Jr.), RB/DB Camden Sauls (5-8, 160, Jr.)

2006 Record: 9-2, 5-0 Central Buckeye Conference, Kenton Trail Division champs; lost to St. Marys Memorial, 21-14, in regional

Finding a new signal caller will be Burbacher’s first matter at hand. The legendary coach said both will see PT on the field, but settling on one instead of implementing a QB by committee type of atmosphere could be beneficial for the Devils.

Although both slingers are young in terms of playing time, whichever player is on the field will be part of a decent offensive nucleus.

“We return a center, guard, tackle, tight end and a running back, so we’ve at least got something to work with,” Burbacher related. “Our overall lack of depth could be somewhat of a problem. We only have 45-50 players in the program right now. We also only have an X number of Friday night players in this group (in terms of experience). However, our senior class is a strength in terms of leadership. We don’t have a QB in that group, but the two juniors (Marsh and Smith) are battling for the job. Both players will see action on the field.”

Since 1989, Burbacher has built a very solid program that has experienced success rather often, especially the past few seasons. The Red Devil coach said his team is eyeing another successful year.

“The last couple of years, this group has had success. The senior class has qualified for the playoffs the past two years. This group has been through a lot and knows how to win. We are looking to be competitive with our schedule this year, but sometimes qualifying for the playoffs is difficult.

“We just have to make sure we win enough games to make the playoffs. I don’t know what the magic number is, but that will take care of itself if we win.

We are expecting to play well, compete for the playoffs and compete in our league. Bellefontaine is probably the team to beat, but we’ll give it a go.”

Tipp City Tippecanoe
 2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 St. Paris Graham Local III
8/31/2007 Greenville II
9/7/2007 @ Wilmington II
9/14/2007 @ Lewistown Indian Lake III
9/21/2007 Bellefontaine Benjamin Logan IV
9/28/2007 @ Bellefontaine III
10/5/2007 Riverside Stebbins II
10/12/2007 @ New Carlisle Tecumseh II
10/19/2007 @ Springfield Kenton Ridge III
10/26/2007 Springfield Shawnee III

* Central Buckeye Conference games in bold

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