TGU Football: Titans Corral Mustangs
The Towner-Granville-Upham (TGU) Titans put a major league hurt on the Surrey Mustangs last Friday with an all-around balanced domination. The final score was 62-6, but even that doesn’t tell the whole story.
TGU brought their A-game with a stifling defense giving up only one touchdown in the first quarter after posting two scores themselves. All in all, the Titans scored eight touchdowns all on the ground and the defense added two points of their own with a safety to end the first quarter.
The TGU offensive scoring plays came on a 65-yard gallop by Lane Schmitt; a 1-yard blast by Kolter Schell, an 11-yard scamper by Shayden Luna; a 6-yard run by Schell; Schmitt found the end-zone again on a 37-yard run; not to be outdone, Luna scored again himself with a 22-yard run then followed it up with a 23-yard run; and Caleb Cross ended the scoring onslaught with a 44-yard dash.
The Titans gained over 375 yards on the ground against the Mustangs. Luna led all runners with 162 yards, followed by Schmitt who had 144 yards on just six attempts averaging a walloping 24-yards a carry. Cross contributed 40 yards; Schell added 26 yards to the ground game and receiver Lane Bachmeier had 3-yards on the ground.
Luna and Schmitt led the Titans stifling defense with 11 tackles and 10 tackles, respectively, with Evan Burckhard and Andy Linstrom each adding 5 tackles. Miguel Juarez piled on with 4 tackles. Blaine Rosencrans and Schell each contributed 3 tackles to the defensive performance. Garrett Bailey and Matthew Lara had 2 tackels. James Rosencrans, Zac Bryn, Johnathan Parisien, Tanner Schock, Bachmeier and Ben Kramer all had a tackle apiece on this swarming defense.
“We finished off the regular season on a winning note. I thought we once again played a nice game defensively. We created some turnovers, which is something we have been looking for all season. Offensively, we ran the ball real well” shared Coach Scott Thorson about the game. Coach Thorson continued, “I feel that our running game is finally becoming a real strength. We now look forward to the final phase of the season to begin.”
Coach Thorson concluded, ” We host Richardton/Taylor/Hebron on Saturday in the first round of the state playoffs. They are an outstanding team. We will have to put it all together if we plan to move on.”
The Titans are competing today in Towner. It is their first step towards their quest for a state title.
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