Can Tippecanoe reverse recent postseason trend?

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Tipp City Tippecanoe Red Devils

Tipp has
been one-and-done each of the last four years bowing out in the first round of
the postseason. 



Can the Red Devils get over the hump this season?


Tipp City Tippecanoe (9-2)

* Players to Watch
– RB/DB Jake Budding (5-9, 181, Sr.), RB/LB Corey Johnson (5-10, 180, Sr.),
OT/DL Kyle Ledbetter (5-11, 197, Sr.), TE/DE Alex Trotter (6-1, 190, Sr.),
QB/DB Jake Watkins (5-9, 165, Jr.), QB/DB Ryan Landwehr (6-2, 185, Sr.), RB/LB Jacob
Polansky (5-10, 180, Jr.), P/K Kyle Pignatiello (5-8, 185, Jr.), RB/LB Joe
Everhart (5-10, 170, Sr.), C/DL Jonathon Bruce (5-11, 213, Sr.), G/DL Jeremy
Hitchens (5-8, 177, Sr.), T/DL Zach Watkins (5-9, 242, Sr.)

Outlook – Tipp has
been one-and-done each of the last four years bowing out in the first round of
the postseason.

Can the Red Devils get over the hump this season?

I think we have
a good nucleus with our running game and we can work on establishing the pass,”
veteran head coach Charlie Burgbacher said. “We need to be able to throw the
ball so that we don’t have people loading up on the running game. It seems like
when we’ve done a better in the passing game the running game functions well.”

Everhart will lead that running game after suffering a broken leg last season and missing out on
most of his junior campaign. He will be rushing behind three of five
returning linemen.

The passing game will be up to either Landwehr or Watkins
with the graduation of first team all-Central Buckeye Conference selection Wes Marsh.

“We could end up using both of them. They are two different
styles but both of them have athletic skill,” Burgbacher said. “We’ve had times
in the past where we’ve used two different quarterbacks. Recently, it has just
been one because there has been one that has been heads and shoulders above the
other.

“They are two different styles but both of them have
athletic skill. It’s just that one is going to be more of a drop-back passer and
the other is going to be more of a sprint-out, roll-out or play action player.

“But this time around we’re going to have a couple of kids
that have limited experience.”

Tipp adds West Milton Milton-Union to the nonconference
schedule – a rivalry that has been suspended for approximately 60 years.

“It is important that we develop in our first non-league
games and our crossover games,” Burgbacher said.

Tipp finished second in the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton
Division last season to league rival Tecumseh.

Tipp City 2009 Schedule

 

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