With quarterback Austin Hooker out with a broken arm, the Blue Devils are now led by a stout line and running backs Nate Hein and Brody Dell. Seven different players on defense have registered a sack.
“I do think it will be a very physical game, because they are some big people over there — more physical than any of the games we’ve had so far,” WL sophomore lineman Dylan Trent said. “Not to say any of the teams we played aren’t physical, but Tipton’s strength is its physicality.”
The game begins a crucial three-game stretch in the Hoosier Conference for West Lafayette, with Rensselaer and Twin Lakes visiting the following two weeks. The Red Devils are pursuing their first conference title since 2009.
“Offense is going to have to execute,” WL junior defensive back Peter Vasili said. “Defense is going to have to make stops on third down and get some turnovers.”
Around the area
* Last October, McCutcheon traveled to Noblesville with a sectional championship berth on the line. Friday, the Class 5A No. 5 Mavericks play host to the Millers in a matchup of two of the five teams tied atop the Hoosier Crossroads Conference.
* Central Catholic and Benton Central are collaborating on a fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children cancer research Friday night. Players for both teams will wear red socks, and coaches from both teams will wear red shirts. Cheerleaders will collect donations at the end of the first quarter and bracelets and key chains will be sold, with all proceeds going to the fundraiser.
* One week after upsetting Tipton at home 9-7, Class 2A No. 4 Rensselaer plays host to Twin Lakes. The numbers predict another low-scoring game — the teams have allowed a combined 106 points through four weeks.