Orioles come up short to Tipton to close regular season
Week 9 — Nonconference — Tipton HS
It wasn’t so long ago that the Concordia High School Orioles football team was coming off of their third win in four games, but the O’s will have to regain their momentum heading into the Class 1 District 4 tournament after a disappointing 49-20 loss to Tipton High School to end the regular season.
A tough Tipton pass defense combined with multiple drops on tough — but catchable — throws from senior Brayden McGinnis led to a rough stat line in the passing department, with just one completion on the day for three yards and three interceptions. It seems to be an outlier game for McGinnis and his wide receivers, but they will almost certainly need to earn more yards through the air moving forward into the playoffs.
The flip side of a game without much passing offense is often that they pound the rock, however, and the Orioles certainly found success on the ground.
Senior Colby Stein was the beneficiary of most of these touches, and the shifty speedster did not disappoint. Stein rattled off 11 carries for 142 yards and a trio of touchdowns.
Stein was a catalyst early on, scoring two of his touchdowns in the first 17 minutes of the game. After receiving a pitch from McGinnis by the left sideline and near the line of scrimmage (own 36 yard-line) on a fake dive speed option on 4th and 2, Stein went nearly untouched up the sideline to give the Orioles an early lead. After Tipton took the lead back early in the second quarter, Stein then busted off another long touchdown to the right side, going for a game-long 54 yards.
McGinnis tucked it down himself 13 times for 53 yards, while juniors Dante Stockwell (nine carries, 30 yards) and Troy Brandt (five carries, 26 yards) contributed as well.
The Orioles fell to 3-6 (3-3) with their second loss in as many tries.
They will look to keep their season alive in the first round of the Class 1 District 4 tournament, when they travel to second-seeded Windsor HS for the winner-takes-all matchup.
Tipton advances to 3-6 with their fifth-straight win over the Cardinals, dating back to a loss in the Class 1 District 4 tournament on Halloween 2012.