Titans Dominate Mustangs
The well-coached Towner-Granville-Upham (TGU) Titans football team continued their dominating ways with a 64-22 victory over the Midway/Minto Mustangs. The Titans scored 38 points in the first half while blanking the Mustangs. In the second half the Titans put 24 more points on the scoreboard while the Mustangs scored 22. With this win, the Titans remain undefeated (4-0) – with impressive wins outscoring their opponents, 186-62, and with most of their opponents scores coming with the game already in hand.
“Overall, we had a nice game. We still need to focus on our run defense. We simply gave up too many yards,” said Coach Thorson. He continued, “Otherwise we are pleased with our efforts. We scored a defensive touchdown and a special teams touchdown, so we were very excited about that.”
The Titans offense raked up 257 rushing yards with a running back by committee scheme. Lane Schmitt led in rushing with 94 yards, followed by Caleb Cross with 60 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Cross also added an 83-yard kick return for a touchdown. Lane Bachmeier added 55 yards, and Shayden Luna punched in a 9-yard score. The Titans also found success in the air with Kolter Schell showing pinpoint accuracy going 6-7 for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Schell also had 37 yards rushing and adding two more touchdowns with his legs, with runs of 11 yards and 21 yards, respectively. Evan Burckhard was his favorite target, catching four balls for 119 yards with two scores.
Schmitt led the defense with 13 tackles and a fumble recovery. Blaine Rosencrans powered up for nine tackles, and Cole Bethke stuffed the opponent eight times. Johnathan Parisien had a stellar game with seven tackles, and Miguel Juarez added six of his own. Cross, Luna and Schell each had five tackles, and Burckhard also contributed five tackles plus a fumble recovery that he brought back 36-yards for a score.
Even with his team having a record of 4-0 and doing all they need to to win, Coach Thorson knows that winning can be fleeting and there is always room for improvement. He shared, “There is a lot of room for improvement as we get into to the meat of our region schedule. Now is the time that we find out our true identity and can measure how much or little we have improved.”
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