PITTSBURG - Road games always present a number of challenges, especially when taking on a team as notorious as St. Mary's-Colgan of Pittsburg. Home field advantage wasn't enough for the Panthers, however, as Columbus rolled into town and came out with a hard-fought 23-8 win.
The Panthers gave Columbus a run for their money from the start, and didn't let up. Colgan scored their sole touchdown in the first quarter, but had a couple of nerve-wracking drives that without the steadfast determination of the Titan defense, could have swayed the outcome of the game. Columbus twice stopped the Panthers from scoring inside the 10 yard line. In the fourth quarter, Colgan stopped on fourth down at the one yard line.
As team, Columbus had 62 tackles, with five of them being for a loss and 46 solo takedowns. Senior Zach Porter and Junior Shawn Robinson led the charge with seven solo tackles apiece. Porter also had a fumble recovery returned for 15 yards for a touchdown. Junior Zach Coble picked up the Titan's sole interception.
Offensively, Columbus looked as mighty as ever. Relying heavily on a ground attack, the Titans showcased the depth of their running game. Senior Keenan Stanley had another triple-digit rushing game, getting 116 yards on 21 carries. Quarterback Ridge Smith carried the ball five times, getting 24 yards and scored two touchdowns. Sophomore Grayson Walden finished with 38 yards on 11 carries, while Porter had 75 yards on just nine carries, averaging 8.3 yards per attempt. Senior had one carry for three yards.
Colgan's secondary proved to be a formidable for R. Smith. The Titan's quarterback threw 5-for-8 for 41 yards, with one interception.
The now 4-0 Titans return to Columbus this week for Homecoming, against the Prairie View Buffaloes. The Buffaloes are 2-2, and will be no cakewalk. A 7 p.m. kick-off is set for Friday night's game.