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TGU Brings Home Horse Collar Trophy

By Staff | Oct 2, 2015

What is the best thing after losing a chance at a perfect season? Coming back with a resounding victory, and that is exactly what the TGU Titans did against the St. John Woodchucks with an impressive 48-12 victory.

Not only did the victory put the Titans back on the winning path, it also gave them the bragging rights as victors of sixth annual Horse Collar Bowl. The winner of the game each year receives the traveling trophy, which is a genuine leather horse collar. According to Coach Thorson, “This trophy always adds some extra hype for the region rivalry game.”

The Titans started the game slowly with a short kickoff, which gave St. John good field position. The Woodchucks took advantage of the opportunity and scored on their first drive with a 23-yard run by Dalton Poitra. With the extra point failing the Woodchucks led 0-6.

After the score the Titans awoke, playing a well-balanced, well-rounded game from then on out. TGU scored the next six touchdowns to take complete control of the game. Scoring four times on the ground – 64 and 17-Yard runs by Shayden Luna, a 6-yard run by Lane Schmitt, and a 25-yard run by Kolter Schell – they also scored on 34-yard passing strike from Caleb Cross to Schell. And the last score came on an 86-yard gallop by Schell of a punt return. Schell ended the game with over 129 yards in punt returns. Luna ended with 137 yards rushing, followed by Schmitt with 53 yards and Schell with 27 yards. Schell also added 71 yards with his arm, going 3-6 through the air. Cross led the receivers with 34 yards in catches, followed by Blaine Rosencrans with 20 yards and Schmitt with another 17 yards. Rosencrans added another 19 yards in kick-off returns, while Cross added another 11.

The defense held the Woodchucks scoreless until they scored a non-consequential touchdown in the 4th quarter on a 23-yard pass from Bryor Parisien to Poitra after missing the point after the final score was TGU 48 St John 12. Shayden Luna led the defense with 12 tackles. Lane Schmitt had 10 tackles; Cole Bethke had 9 tackles, Kolter Schell followed with 7 tackles; Tristan Mcmahon chipped in with 6 tackles, Blaine Rosencrans and Evan Burckhard each had 4 tackles; Caleb Cross and Miguel Juarez contributed with 3 tackles; Ben Kramer had 2 tackles and Andy Linstrom and Zac Gryn both had a tackle apiece.

We asked Coach Thorson his thoughts of the game he said, “I thought our defense did an outstanding job, excluding the first St. John possession. We made some adjustments and really settled in. He continued, “Offensively, we were real affective in our run game, which is something we have worked on intensely.” He concluded, “It was real good win for the team.”

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