Tippin One of the Top Players to Watch this Football Season

By Liana Lepore

Ke’Vontae Tippin,#10, who is a utility player for the Highland football team–meaning he effectively plays multiple positions–is one of the players to watch this season. Head Football Coach Stowe says that Tippin is a highly focused athlete and has some big shoes to fill now that his older brother (Ke’Majae) has graduated after being the starting runner for the team last year and who is now playing running back at the college level.

When the younger Bulldog Tippin was asked how he felt about filling his brother’s shoes, he said that he is not trying to follow in his older brother’s footsteps at all and he doesn’t want to be compared to his older brother. He says “I want to have my own success…I just want to be my own person.”

Tippin’s favorite position to play is strong safety on defense and receiver for offense because he’s been working hard to excel in those positions. He began playing football his freshman year, wanting to try something new, and has stuck with the sport all four years of high school.
He feels as though playing the sport has taught him discipline, how to be a better person and to develop strong social skills. He feels highly motivated by his parents. His main goal for this season is to work on his ability, and for he and his team as a whole to grow stronger.
Tippin said, “I am very thankful for my coach and teammates, and I’m looking forward to this year.”

Coach Stowe says that Highland’s 2017-2018 team has strong offense and defense players and he has high hopes for this year’s young team, but he also believes that there will be room for improvement. Coach Stowe confirms the team has grown as a family. He also mentioned a few athletes on the team that he is very proud of, such as Benicio Bacelis, #63, who is the team’s starting center. Bacelis was picked by the U.S. National Prep team last year. Coach Stowe also mentions Darion Dorris, #11, as a player to watch and who will be a second year starter as a junior. Dorris is captain of the defense line and is a leader on and off the field according to Stowe. Finally, Isaiah Creech,#24, promises to shine as a running back for the team. Creech was picked by the U.S. National Prep Team.

Coach Stowe looks forward to the new season, stating that “every game, we have to prove ourselves. It doesn’t get any easier each week. We look forward to Golden League, but right now we really want to finish the pre-season strong in order to prepare us for Golden League, and if we win Golden League, we will be able to go to the playoffs.”

Coach Stowe says he has an excellent coaching staff and believes that if the team continues to do the “x’s and o’s” correctly and execute accordingly, the team will be unstoppable. Coach Stowe’s motto this year is “we fight, we finish.”