COLUMBUS — For the second straight week the field was a sloppy mess, as rain beat down. For the second straight week, the Columbus Titans came out on the losing end.
This time, however, it was a fight.
The Titans fell 35-32 to the Fort Scott Tigers in double overtime.
Titan head coach Dan Grundy said the difference between last week and the 34-22 loss to the Southeast Lancers was a wake up on the part of the players.
“I think they realized what it was going to take to win some football games,” he said, adding they realized, “you have to do your job. I think our kids are starting to buy into that.”
Early on it looked like Fort Scott was going to run away with it after the Tigers went 62 yards in 12 plays from the opening kick off for a touchdown on a 21 yard pass from Jonathan Stark to Jash Pytlowany. The point after kick was good and the Tigers were up 7-0.
Two drives later the Titans slammed the ball in from the second on a run by Taylor Watkins, but the two point conversion failed and Columbus was down 7-6 with 9:46 left in the first half.
They would take the lead just minute later after an interception by AJ Wary, one of five turnovers the Titans would force Friday night.
With 6:05 left in the half Quarterback Nate Bole hit AJ Randle for a 16 yard pass for the Titan’s second score of the night and the momentum was all Columbus. The Watkins kick was good and the Titans were up 13-7.
Fort Scott was far from out of it, however and Quarterback Jonathan Stark slipped in from the two yard line with just 10 seconds left in the half to tie it up. Jonathan Allen made his kick and the Tigers were back on top 14-13.
In the second half Stark added to the lead with a 15 yard run and Allen added the kick and Fort Scott was up 21-13 at the end of the third.
In the fourth it was all Columbus who tied it up on one yard run by Jace McDown and Bole hit Randale for the two point conversion to send it into overtime.
In the first OT, both teams were able to slam in touchdowns, Fort Scott initially missed their PAT kick, which would have given the game to the Titans, but a roughing the kicker penalty called the ball back and Fort Scott made a two point conversion and tied the score at 29-all. In the second OT Columbus had to settle for a 26 yard field goal by Watkins, but the Tigers managed a touchdown pass and the 35-32 victory.
“Our offense played tremendous,” Grundy said. “It’s the smallest offensive line we’ve had and they were physical.”
The Titans will face CNC powerhouse Girard 7 p.m. Friday at Girard.