COLUMBUS - It didn't take the Titans very long at all to establish dominance in last Friday's home conference game against Girard. The visiting Trojans, now 1-2, seemed to be a step behind all game. Winning 54-7, the Titan's record remains untarnished at 3-0.
Columbus came out swinging from the opening kick-off. Their always aggressive offense put up 26 points in the first half, and then nearly matched that in the third quarter alone with an additional 20. Girard scored their sole touchdown in the second quarter.
While quarterback Ridge Smith had one of his best passing games thus far this season, it was the legendary Titan rushing game that propelled Columbus to such an epic victory. Senior Keenan Stanley scored three touchdowns as he pulled in 158 yards on 17 carries, averaging 9.3 yards per carry. Sophomore Grayson Walden also finished in the triple digits with 112 yards on 13 carries. Grayson averaged 8.6 yards per carry, and had two rushing touchdowns. Senior Zach Porter also added a touchdown on one of his two carries of the game. When all was said and done, as a team the Titans picked up 314 rushing yards with six touchdowns.
R. Smith threw 11-for-14, for 147 yards and one passing touchdown. Senior Dakota Sears was on the receiving end of that pass. It was one of his two receptions in the game. Senior Kale Smith led the team with four receptions for 94 yards.
Porter played a thoroughly impressive game defensively, with eight tackles (seven solo) and two interceptions.
The Titans hit the road this week, traveling to Pittsburg to face the St. Mary's-Colgan Panthers. Colgan is 2-1, after beating Frontenac last week 20-0. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. in Pittsburg.