Tipton had a slow start to the season, but enters Week 5 having won two straight games.
The Cardinals won at Windsor in Week 3 and shut out Harrisburg 48-0 last week.
Tipton allowed negative yards against Harrisburg.
“We’re still feeding off of that and so far we’ve had a pretty good week of practice,” said Tipton coach Tony Braby.
Two straight road games are ahead for the Cardinals, who play at 3-1 Father Tolton on Friday and at undefeated Lincoln next week.
Tipton lost 17-0 against Father Tolton last season.
The Trailblazers are averaging 51 points per game this season.
“They can throw the ball well, whether its little short passes and wide receiver screens or if it’s down the field,” Braby said. “They’ve got a quarterback that’s got a very good arm, very accurate. They’ve got a big offensive line that gives them time to throw and then if that’s not working for them they’ve got a nice power running game.”
Sarcoxie at Lincoln
Four weeks into the season, only one team has scored on Lincoln.
The Cardinals have outscored their opponents 192-15 with the 15 coming in a 50-15 win against Osceola.
Lincoln went on the road last week and shut out Windsor 46-0.
“Our goal is to get a lot of pressure and get all 11 men to the ball,” said Lincoln coach Danny Morrison. “It’s been so nice. We’ve been known as more of an offensive team but at the beginning of the year I kind of knew who we had coming in for our defense and I knew if we stayed healthy we’d have a pretty good defensive unit.”
The 4-0 start has Lincoln ranked seventh in Class 1 and second in the districts standings, trailing only undefeated Skyline.
Undefeated Crest Ridge is third in the district.
The Cardinals host the 1-2 Sarcoxie Bears this week.
Sarcoxie is last in its district standings and its lone win was by one point against Miller.
“We’re just trying to get some base formations they run down and get some of their tendencies out in the open and make sure we’re attacking those,” Morrison said. “Obviously we want to put a lot of pressure in the backfield again.”
The Bears lost 44-36 at Liberal last week.
Cole Camp at Sherwood
The Bluebirds have had an up and down season so far.
Cole Camp has alternated wins and losses in the first four weeks.
The two losses have been by 39 and 40 points and the two wins have been by 43 and 17.
The Bluebirds will try to get their first road win of the season with a trip to Sherwood on Friday. The Marksmen have lost three straight games after opening the season with a 14-7 win at Pleasant Hope.
Sherwood has been outscored 138-6 in its three losses.
Cole Camp is toward the bottom of the district standings, sitting in sixth with five games remaining. The Bluebirds are about a point ahead of seventh-place Holden and about six points behind fifth-place South Callaway.
Cole Camp will hope to have Brandon Thoennes in the backfield and at his outside linebacker spot after injuring an ankle last week.
Carrollton at Knob Noster
Knob Noster starts conference play this week by hosting Carrollton.
Last season’s matchup went down to the wire with Carrollton winning 15-14.
The Panthers will hope to have a close score after losing three straight games by at least 41 points.
Knob Noster lost 68-14 to El Dorado Springs last week.
Carrollton got its first win of the season last week, beating Salisbury 30-7 at home.
Sweet Springs at Orrick
Sweet Springs is in a part of the schedule that was favorable last season.
The Greyhounds got their first win of the season last week against Wentworth and they play at Orrick on Friday.
Sweet Springs beat Wentworth and Orrick last season for its only two wins of the season.
The Sweet Springs offense has gotten going, scoring 20 in Week 3 and putting up 56 last week after combining for 28 points in the first two games of the season.
Warsaw at Eldon
Year No. 2 under head coach Paul Thomas hasn’t gotten off to a good start as the Wildcats are 0-4 after last week’s 46-14 loss to Versailles.
Warsaw will play an improving Eldon team on the road this week.
The Mustangs (1-3) won this game 36-15 in Warsaw last season.
Stanberry at Sacred Heart
The Gremlins return home this week following a 76-46 loss at Greenfield last week.
Sacred Heart’s first year as an 8-man team started with two wins before last week’s loss.
The Gremlins will have a tough test as they host undefeated Stanberry on Friday.
The Bulldogs have scored at least 60 points in three of their four games this season.
Stanberry was the state runner-up last season.
Northwest at Chilhowee
The Mustangs will try to get its first win against a varsity squad when they travel to Chilhowee on Friday.
Northwest’s lone win so far this season came against Appleton City’s JV.
Chilhowee and Northwest are at the bottom of the district standings. The Mustangs trail Chilhowee by about seven points.
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.