A commitment to excelling is something every coach and player strives to do. As a group we always try to put together a game plan and execute it to almost perfection. That is always the goal while we realize that no one is perfect and we learn from our imperfections. This past Saturday may have been as complete of a game as possible in many years. The offense, defense and special teams put everything together. A complete package from the start of the game and were rewarded with a blue ring and medal stating 2013 2A State Champions. Ding, ding now we have a blue ring. The players and coaches were focused all week at practice. The attention was brought to every detail. As one of the players noted during conditioning, lets run another because it matters. We had everyone getting to the ball with every rep at practice and it mattered as the coaches continued to stress that the little things will matter.
Jake Purichia led the team down the field for the first drive and ended with him scoring on a quarterback sneak. He had a hand in five touchdowns as the game continued to catch fire for the Ritter Raiders. Jake Hagan, Kaelin Nichols, Jeffrey Cmehil, Ell Arnold and Kyree Hollis created some very big plays through the air for the Raiders. Runninng backs, Logan Beaman and Tommy Waites, continued run through the holes created by the offensive line. Several big plays sparked things for the Raiders as each possession mattered. Kyree Hollis caught a bullet from Jake Purichia down the middle of the field zipping past all the Tipton defenders that tried to come close to him.
After a failed onside kick, the officials ruled that a member of the kick off team made contact with a member of Tipton return team prior to the ball crossing midfield. Tipton scored on big run by their quarterback Austin Hooker a few plays later. Cardinal Ritter deep return specialist, Tommy Waites responded with a 89 yard touchdown return setting a new IHSAA record. Daniel Fesenmeier made a statement on defense and special teams. He along with other members of the team rushed the Tipton punter. The blocked punt allowed Jake Purichia, who also plays OLB / Safety to scoop and score. Link attached –
Dylan Faulkenberg added to his growing sacks list putting pressure on the Tipton quarterback. The entire defense played with great technique defending some of Tipton’s base offensive run plays forcing them to choose to go to the air. Kyree Hollis, Logan Beaman and Josh Diagostino took advantage of the aerial assault grabbing 4 interceptions. Kyree returned one of his interceptions back to the end zone adding to the scoreboard. The Raiders JV squad found the field late in the game. A few plays on offense and recovered a fumble by the JV defense late in the fourth quarter helped seal the final score. The game ended with a couple of kneel downs by the freshman squad as they were rewarded for their continued efforts at practice.
The Class 2A No. 3 Raiders finished the game with a score of 56-6. No. 7 Tipton in the 2A state had a hard time getting on track Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Raiders felt that the had a lot to do with the outcome of the game through execution and preparation. Jake Purichia ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more scores ending his high school career with 142 touchdown passes. His total yardage for his career moved him into second place in the IHSAA record books. Congratulations to all of out coaches and players for their hard work and efforts. We will miss the seniors and are very happy that they ended their high school careers with a State Championship.