PAWNEE, Okla. - If there's one thing Columbus Head Coach Dan Grundy has instilled in his Titans, it's to never give up. The team took that sentiment to heart in last Friday's game against the Black Bears of Pawnee, Oklahoma, and they earned a well-deserved victory because of it.
It's not a situation the Titans find themselves in often, but at half-time they trailed the Bears 6-14. Pawnee was able to shut down the Titan's offensive efforts most of the first half, but Senior Keenan Stanley's stunning rushing game combined with the determined efforts of the Columbus defense created the opportunity for a come-from-behind win, 20-14.
Senior quarterback Ridge Smith had a tough time finding an open receiver in the dense jungle that is the Black Bear's secondary. Going 7-for-14, R. Smith picked up 74 passing yards and one touchdown. Senior Kale Smith was on the other end of that touchdown, one of his three receptions on the game.
Stanley was responsible for the other two Titan scores, both coming as part of his outstanding rushing game. Stanley finished with 177 yards on 19 carries, averaging 9.3 yards per carry.
The Titans (2-0) return home this Friday, hosting the Girard Trojans (1-1). Girard is coming of a 35-0 shut-out win at home over Riverton last week. They lost their season opener to Frontenac 33-6. Kick-off is at 7 p.m. Friday night in Columbus.