Tippecanoe has made the playoffs every year since 2005; does it continue?

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Tipp City Tippecanoe Red Devils

The 2010 season at Tippecanoe marks the 90th consecutive year the school
will field a football team, and the Red Devils are looking to return to
the playoffs after a run to the regional semifinals last fall.


Tipp City Tippecanoe
Division III
Region 10

2009 record: 9-3

* Players to watch – QB/DB Jake Watkins (5-10, 168, Sr.), RB/LB Jake Polansky (5-10, 176, Sr.), OL/DL Austin Hunter (5-9, 239, Sr.), TE/DL Alex Baker (5-11, 185, Jr.), RB/DB Dylan Bourelle (5-9, 150, Sr.), DE/Kicker Kyle Pignatiello (5-9, 185, Sr.)

* Outlook – The 2010 season at Tippecanoe marks the 90th consecutive year the school will field a football team, and the Red Devils are looking to return to the playoffs after a run to the regional semifinals last fall.

“We graduated a good group of seniors, and we’re in a position where we’ve got some new faces coming in,” says head coach Charlie Burgbacher. “I think we have the opportunity to be in contention for a league title.

“We’ve made it to the playoffs every year since 2005. We hope our program is at the point where year in and year out it’s competing for a league title.”

Tipp is in one of the state’s deepest – and geographically intimidating – regions (a behemoth swath of schools that stretched from I70 to Lake Erie; from Columbus to Cleveland).

“A lot depends on how you do on your schedule,” Burgbacher says. “Then, there’s a lot that’s not within your control: how other people do in the Western Buckeye League, other leagues, etc.  … There’s a lot that can happen. If you make the playoffs, it’s an accomplishment.”

One area where Tipp is most solid is special teams. Burgbacher believes Pignatiello could kick at the D-I level in college.

* Schedule – When asked what games he has circled on his calendar, Burgbacher doesn’t hesitate: “Within our division they’re all big games,” he says.

Tippecanoe dropped just two regular season games last fall: their season-opener against St. Paris Graham 28-3 and a 28-0 rout at New Carlisle Tecumseh. They’ll start their season the same way this fall with a Week 1 matchup against Graham. They face Tecumseh in Week 9.

8/27    @ GRAHAM LOCAL (ST PARIS)    
9/3      @ GREENVILLE
9/10    MILTON-UNION (WEST MILTON)        
9/17    INDIAN LAKE (LEWISTOWN)        
9/24    @ BENJAMIN LOGAN (BELLEFONTAINE)    
10/1    @ SHAWNEE (SPRINGFIELD)    
10/8     BELLEFONTAINE
10/15   @ STEBBINS (RIVERSIDE)        
10/22   TECUMSEH (NEW CARLISLE)        
10/29   KENTON RIDGE

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