By Brett Barnes
When faced with seemingly insurmountable odds in the game of football, everything must break your way to pull what experts would consider an upset. On Friday night in West Milton, Ohio, the homestanding Dogs faced a powerful Tipp City football team that many consider the best football team the Red Devils have had in decades. However on Tipp’s first possession, Coach Charlie Burgbacher decided to go for it on fourth and two from midfield. M-U’s Matt Bracci made the tackle in the backfield, and break number one had happened for the Bulldogs. It was the only break they would get all night.
Following the turnover on downs, M-U was forced to punt (The Dogs would punt seven times), and from that point on it was all Tipp City. The Red Devils flexed their muscle and went 75yds all on the ground. Jacob Hall scored the first of his three touchdowns from 5yds away, and after Taylor Clark’s extra point, it was 7-0.
After another punt, Tipp scored again driving 73yds on 12 plays. This time Cameron Johnson scored the first of his three touchdowns from 4yds out. Again Clark was true, and the Devils led 14-0.
On its next series, M-U would not punt, but turned the ball over in its own territory when Chase Martens was hit and fumbled. It took just 3:09 for the Devils to score again, and M-U trudged to the locker room down 21-0.
All hopes of a comeback were dashed on the opening kickoff. Alex Hall #6 scored six on a beautiful kickoff return for another Tipp City touchdown. Clark continued his perfect evening kicking the football, and Tipp led 28-0.
Milton-Union would gain 1 yard in the third quarter. They would punt four times, and Tipp would score and score and score. Three more touchdowns ran the scoreboard to 49-0 at the end of three quarters. The fourth quarter, a showcase for Saturday morning’s JV game, ended with no scoring.
Tipp had 395 total yards to M-U’s 71. Tipp now stands 3-0. Milton-Union falls to 0-3 and hosts Bellbrook next week. Game time is 7:30.