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August 21, 2010
Hamilton Heights High School

Reprinted courtesy of:
Tipton Tribune

ARCADIA --- There are three phases to football: Offense, defense and special teams. When a team dominates all three, it's only natural that team is going to dominate the scoreboard.
Such was the case here Friday night when Hamilton Heights whipped Tipton 47-15 in both team's high school season openers.
With their win, the Huskies regained possession of 'The Hammer,' the traveling trophy set up between the two rivals. Heights' win also snapped a three-year winning streak by the Blue Devils.
"We didn't execute in any phase of the game," Tipton Coach Aaron Tolle said. "It started with the opening kickoff and continued for four quarters. We didn't do anything right tonight."
As disappointed as Tolle was, Heights Coach Jason Simmons was pleased.
"I felt great about the way we started the game on both sides of the ball," the second-year Husky coach said. "I thought after that first offensive possession, we settled in and played at the tempo we wanted to. I'm proud of the players on offense and I'm proud of the players and coaches on defense. (Coach) Smoke Starrett came up with a great game plan and the kids executed it."
The Huskies served notice early that they were ready to play, as senior Tyler McPherson returned the opening kickoff 41 yards to the Tipton 44. They did not capitalize but that, along with Jordan Osswald's 43-yard punt, helped Heights take the early lead in battle for field position.
Four plays later, the Huskies came up with yet another big return as Logan Cunningham hauled in Jake Dye's 32-yard punt and sped 31 yards before being tackled, giving HH a first down at the THS 18.
McPherson then took the handoff from quarterback Tanner Stis and slipped through a couple of tackles on his way to an 18-yard touchdown run.
Ethan Engelhardt's PAT kick put the Huskies up 7-0 with 9:59 left to play in the first quarter.
The Huskies began their next offensive series at the Blue Devil 40. Eight plays later, they were in the end zone again.
Stills completed 3-of-5 passes for 28 yards. He also ran for 9 yards and then scored on an 11-yard scramble after being flushed from the pocket on a pass play. The kick failed but the Huskies led 13-0 at the 6:54 mark.
A little more than a minute later, the lead was 20-0.
Heights, which did not give up a first down on Tipton's first three possessions, got the ball back at the Tipton 41 after a fake punt attempt by the Blue Devils failed.
Stis immediately dropped back to pass and found Engelhardt on a go pattern in the end zone for a 41-yard scoring pass. Engelhardt then kicked the extra point to up the lead to 20-0 with 5:37 left to play in the opening quarter.
"I thought we absolutely won the first six minutes of the game," Simmons said. "In a game as intense and emotional as this, it's important to get off to a good start.
“We had a big kickoff return to start the game, and even though, we didn't take advantage, it gave us field position. Between our defense and special teams, we set our offense up to be successful tonight."
Tipton picked up its first first down on its fourth possession on a 12-yard pass from Ross Schulenburg to Dye. But it was their fifth possession before the Blue Devils found the red zone.
Schulenburg's 25-yard scramble was followed by Tanner Langley's 21-yard run that helped Tipton move from its 26 to the HH 28. Two plays later, James Altherr bulled his way 14 yards for a first-and-goal at the 9.
Altherr ran for 2 more yards but a bad snap backed the ball up to the 20. Two plays later, Schulenburg's pass was intercepted by Jake Pickett to give Heights the ball at the THS 24.
That was the first of six turnovers by the Blue Devils.
Tipton's defense forced a three-and-out. Following Osswald's 22-yard punt, Tipton took over at the Husky 49. The Blue Devils then put together their best drive of the night, using eight plays to reach the end zone.
Schulenburg threw a 28-yard strike to Dye for a first down at the HH 18. Four plays later, Schulenburg picked up a low snap and ran straight up the middle for 10 yards and a first down. A late hit penalty moved the ball to the 2.
Langley was dropped for a 2-yard loss before Schulenburg found freshman Austin Hooker in the end zone for a 4-yard TD pass.
An offsides penalty on the PAT attempt had Tipton going for two and Langley ran the ball in, cutting the lead to 20-8 with 6:51 left to play in the second quarter.
The Blue Devils appeared as if they were going to make a game of it as Hooker's deflection of a Stis pass went into the hands of defensive back Kaleb Murray and the Blue Devils got the ball back at the Husky 36. But two plays later, Schulenburg was sacked for a 13-yard loss and fumbled. Nathan Pickett recovered for the Huskies.
Heights tacked on a touchdown before halftime. McPherson's 33-yard run set up a 4-yard TD pass from Stis to tight end Tyler Anderson. Engelhardt's PAT gave the Huskies a 27-8 lead at halftime.
The Huskies then scored on their first three possessions of the second half. Stis and Aaron Johnson hooked up on TD passes of 47 and 28 yards. The 28-yard TD pass followed a Dye fumble on the kickoff return.
Cunningham's 33-yard run set up his 1-yard TD run that capped Heights' scoring with 3:48 remaining in the third quarter and extended the Huskies' lead to 47-8.
Tipton's second touchdown came when Johnny Grosvenor intercepted a pass by Corey Beck and returned it 15 yards to the 6. Hooker then ran two QB keepers, scoring from one-yard out. Ben Harlow kicked the PAT
Hooker replaced Schulenburg under center early in the third quarter as the Blue Devil senior QB suffered a bruised shoulder.
Stis finished his night by completing 13 of 22 passes for 235 yards and 4 TDs. He also ran for a TD and was intercepted once. Johnson had 3 catches for 92 yards and 2 TDs. Engelhardt had 3 receptions for 79 yards and a TD.
Schulenburg was just 4-of-18 for 47 yards and a TD. He also threw an interception. Hooker was 0-for-3 with an interception. Dye had just two catches for 40 yards.
Neither team finished had big nights on the ground . Tipton managed just 96 yards on the ground in 41 attempts and Heights gained 101 yards in 30 attempts.
"We're going to find five offensive linemen next week who can block," Tolle said. "It's going to be World War III in the pits next week until we can find five offensive linemen who are still standing. I don't care how old they are or what grade they are in.
"Then we're going to find 11 guys who can fly around on defense. We will build from the ground up and try to get better each week."
Tipton entertains Elwood next Friday while the Huskies play host to Sheridan.
Tipton 0 8 0 7 – 15
Hamilton Hts. 20 7 20 0 – 47
Rushing 6 5
Passing 2 10
Penalty 0 0
RUSHES-YARDS 41-96 30-101
Comp.-Att.-Int. 4-21-2 15-25-2
PUNTS-AVG. 7-28 5-32
HH – T.McPherson 18 run (Engelhardt kick)
HH – Stis 11 run (kick fails)
HH – Engelhardt 41 pass from Stis (Engelhardt kick)
T – Hooker 4 pass from Schulenburg (Langley run)
HH – Anderson 4 pass from Stis (Engelhardt kick)
HH – Johnson 47 pass from Stis (kick fails)
HH – Johnson 28 pass from Stis (Engelhardt kick)
HH – Lo. Cunningham 1 run (Engelhardt kick)
T – Hooker 1 run (Harlow kick)
RUSHING – Tipton: Altherr 12-31, Langley 9-21, Harlow 4-30, Hooker 6-6 and 1 TD, Hein 2-9, Murray 2-2, Dye 1-0, Schulenburg 7-(minus 3). Hamilton Hts: T.McPherson 4-55 and 1 TD, Lo. Cunningham 4-37 and 1 TD, Stis 3-12 and 1 TD, N.Pickett 7-2, Hunter 5-1, Trietsch 1-3, Copas 2-0, Beck 4-(minus 9).
PASSING – Tipton: Schulenburg 4-18-1 for 47 yards and 1 TD, Hooker 0-3-1. Hamilton Hts: Stis 13-22-1 for 235 yards and 4 TDs, Beck 2-3-1 for 21 yards.
RECEIVING – Tipton: Dye 2-40, Hooker 1-4 and 1 TD, Hoover 1-3. Hamilton Hts: Johnson 4-92 and 2 TDs, Engelhardt 3-79 and 1 TD, Anderson 3-18 and 1 TD, Lo. Cunningham 2-26, N.Pickett 1-20, Knott 1-13, Carr 1-8.

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