COLUMBUS - Coming off a tough loss the week prior (20-8 in Frontenac), the Titans came into this past Friday night's game looking to take out some frustration. Columbus hosted the Parsons Vikings for their Senior Night game on Oct. 27, and gave the crowd quite a night.
With just one win all season, the Vikings were substantial underdogs coming into the match up. As long time fans of the Southeast High School football know, that mattered little once the game began. Parsons fought steadily, and matched Columbus point-for-point through the first half, ending the first quarter 7-7 and the second 21-21.
The third quarter, however, was a different story entirely. It was lights from then on, as Columbus managed to find the end zone four times in the third quarter alone. The chalked up an additional 20 in the fourth to finish the game with a walloping 69-28 spread.
The Titans relied heavily on the depth in their running game to stay afloat in the first half, and then take off in the second. Seniors Zach Porter and Keenan Stanley led the charge, each putting up phenomenal numbers. Porter ran 189 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns, while Stanley picked up 125 yards on 13 carries with one rushing touchdown. Quarterback Ridge Smith found the end zone twice on the ground, rushing for 29 yards on six attempts. Sophomore Grayson Walden has been turning heads all season, and picked up 96 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries. Jared Graham had a breakaway 11-yard touchdown run on his only carry of the game, while Dakota Sears also tallied a rushing TD. Sears totaled 59 yards on five carries.
R. Smith had little need to go to the air with that kind of run attack, but still landed one passing touchdown in a nine-yard volley to Senior Kale Smith, his sole catch of the game.
Columbus will face off against the Burlington Wildcats this Friday night in the first round of the 2017 4A DII Kansas High School Football Playoffs. The Wildcats are 6-3, and a fairly evenly-matched opponent. If the Titans win they will advance to play the winner of Hayden and Prairie View.