COLUMBUS — The Columbus Titans had a rough time of it at home last Friday night in the annual Coal Bucket game with Pittsburg. Injuries and missteps cost the Titans heavily in the 46-7 loss.
Several players were carted off the field with injuries, including Dustin Morris who suffered a concussion just one week after suffering whiplash against Parsons, as well as starters Gavin Houser, who suffered a pulled groin and Paul Morris who suffered an ankle injury. Both Morris' are questionable for this week's game with Chanute.
"I've never been a part of anything like that," said Head Coach Dan Grundy after the loss. "We had a kid get hurt playing volleyball today in school and we had five hurt during the game."
Things didn't start off quite so bleak for the Titans, who recovered a Pittsburg fumble on the opening kickoff deep in Pittsburg territory but were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
It was something of a pattern for the Titans who were in the redzone several times but able to capitalize only once on a 12 yard pass from senior Quarterback Travis Jones to Morris with 22:6 and looked to go into the locker room down just 7 points with the score at 14-7. But Pittsburg Quarterback Joe Wimmer busted loose with a 59 yard run at the buzzer and the point after kick failed to leave Pittsburg up 20-7 at the half.
That set the tone for the rest of the night with Columbus' defense able to hold fairly well in short-yardage situations but the Purple Dragons busting loose with the occasional big play and the final score coming in the last seconds of the game with the junior varsity in the game.
Columbus had only 53 yards rushing to Pittsburg's 409, although most of Pittsburg's yardage came on big plays. By contrast however, Pittsburg had only 83 yards passing to Columbus' 211. Jones was 21-of-33 with two interceptions for a 64 percent completion rate. Wimmer was just 4-of-7.
The Titans are on the road against Chanute Friday night. The game starts at 7 p.m.