COLUMBUS - Nearly a dozen Titans carried the ball as they collectively put up a total of 354 rushing yards in their season-opening, shut-out win over the Riverton Rams. Amassing 48 points by the end of four quarters, Columbus started their 2017 season with a bold proclamation: Look out CNC!
Getting off to an early lead, Columbus was able to give their younger players plenty of time on the field. Leading the Titan's impressive offensive showcase was sophomore Grayson Walden. Walden picked up 145 yards on 16 carries, with two touchdowns. Junior runningback Shawn Robinson also finished with a pair of touchdowns, getting 92 yards on just seven carries. Seniors Ridge Smith and Dakota Sears each added a rushing touchdown by game's end.
R. Smith, quarterback for the Titans, went 6-for-10, for 179 passing yards. He gave up just a single interception, and one touchdown pass to senior Kale Smith. K. Smith had three receptions against the Rams, totaling 108 reception yards.
R. Smith had a solid game on both sides of the ball. Defensively, he picked up five tackles, four of them solo. Senior Zach Porter led the Titans in tackles, with seven solo. Junior Caden Soper had the Titan's only sack.
Columbus head to Pawnee next week for a non-conference away game. The Black Bears are 1-0, having won their season-opening home game against Woodland, Oklahoma, 41-18.
Riverton will remain on the road next week, again facing one of the top teams in the CNC, in Girard. The Trojans will be looking for vindication as they lost last Friday in Frontenac. The Raiders won 33-6, and this will be Girard's first home game. Kick-off for all CNC games is set for 7 p.m. on Sept. 8.