TIPTON — Cole Camp’s defense shut Tipton out, picked up four turnovers and held the Cardinals to 54 rushing yards in a 28-0 win on Friday.
“We were just staying in our gaps and watching for the cut-backs,” said Cole Camp defensive lineman JR Schrader.
Cole Camp held Tipton to 15 yards of total offense in the first half. The Cardinals offense began moving the ball in the second half but still could not score. Tipton reached the Bluebirds 29 on one drive before fumbling.
A fumble recovery by Tyler Pierson put Tipton in the Bluebirds’ territory at the 24 on the following drive. Cole Camp appeared to have made the stop on fourth down, but a defensive hold gave Tipton a first-and-goal at the nine. Cole Camp’s defense stopped the next two plays for no gain, then recovered a fumble at the eight on third down.
Cole Camp held Tipton running back Ryan Wood to 17 carries for 51 yards, 20 of those yards coming on one carry in the fourth quarter to get the Cardinals out of the shadow of their goal line.
“Defensively, we try to eliminate their thinking,” said Bluebirds coach Kevin Shearer. “We try to be extremely prepared in what we’re going to see. We like them to clear their mind and play fast and play hard and that’s through preparation. I was extremely happy. We knew what we were doing and we executed defensively.”
Cole Camp started three first-half drives in Cardinals territory and cashed in on all three. A short punt set the Bluebirds up at the Tipton 20-yard line and Brandon Thoennes cashed in with a five yard run. Thoennes added the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
In the second quarter, Cole Camp opened a drive just across midfield. Nine plays later, Nik Clifton found Kendrick Logan on a screen pass and he went 20 yards for a score.
Tipton fumbled on the first play of its ensuing drive and Cole Camp’s Trace Brandes recovered at the Cardinals’ 33. A pass interference call moved Cole Camp inside the redzone and Thoennes scored two plays later on a 15-yard run to the right side.
“Our offense is goal line offense mostly all over the field,” Shearer said. “Any time we get inside the 20, we should feel extremely comfortable in our play-calling package because it’s pretty much what we do all over. We think we should have a high success rate because we practice that every day.”
Jordan Farrar had 85 yards on 11 carries. Thoennes, returning from an injury which kept him out the past three weeks, finished the game with 78 rushing yards as the Bluebirds worked to get him open running room to the outside.
“We’re happy to have him back,” Shearer said. “He’s still hobbled a little bit. I feel like this game maybe got him back on his feet a little bit. His speed is a concern. I think he will come back to 100 percent.”
Cole Camp’s fourth touchdown of the night came on an Alex Cramer fumble recovery with a minute left.
Tipton will face the Hickman junior varsity on Oct. 10.
Cole Camp will host Osceola on Friday.
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