TIPTON FIGHTING THROUGH INJURIES
Several of Tipton's key players are currently questionable for the Class C state title game against Forgan at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Weatherford.
“We got a lot of guys banged up right now,” Tipton coach Jim Kerbo said. “We are down to two healthy running backs. It's part of the game this time of year. Stuff starts to mount up on you.”
Linebacker Tyler Vossen, who spearheads a stout Tiger defense, is among the group of Tipton players who are nursing injuries. Running backs Bryant Flores and Antonio Legya are also questionable for the state title game, but starting tailback Josh Torres is healthy.
Tipton defeated Sharon-Mutual in the Class C semifinals Friday night, 28-20, and it was the first meaningful points allowed by the Tigers' defense this season.
Tipton, which only has four seniors, has posted 11 shutouts. The Tigers had allowed only eight points all season before the semifinals. Duke scored eight points against the Tigers in Week 5 after trailing 50-0.
“We've got a bunch of guys that run pretty well and tackle pretty well,” Kerbo said.
That will be very important against Forgan on Saturday, he said.
“They are really an athletic bunch,” Kerbo said. “They are a super group of athletes. They are kind of like us, not very big.”
Kerbo is seeking his second state title at Tipton, the first coming in 1997. The school is seeking its third state championship overall, also winning the crown in 1952.