LA CYGNE - The Titans faced their first real challenge of the year in Friday's non-conference game, but still came out on top. Columbus traveled to and defeated the Prairie View Buffaloes of La Cygne 35-14.
The notoriously run-heavy Titans have been substantially more balanced in their offensive attack this year, thanks to the arm of junior quarterback Ridge Smith. Smith was going up against the toughest secondary he's come across this year, but still managed to complete 11 out of 18 pass attempts, for 126 yards and no interceptions.
The talented Buffalo secondary meant Columbus needed to rely on its ground game. Leading the charge was junior Keenan Stanley, who continues to put up impressive yards every game. In La Cygne, Stanley picked up 141 yards on 12 carries, and scored three touchdowns. For those keeping track, that's an average of rushing the ball all the way to the endzone once every four carries.
Senior Peyton Hale also put up great numbers, getting 87 yards on 13 carries. Smith added 33 yards on five carries with one touchdown. Also getting the chance to run for Columbus was sophomore Shawn Robinson (five carries for 25 yards), junior Cameron Mitchell (four carries for 22 yards) and Shallenburger (one carry for two yards). The versatility and depth of the Titan's running game proved to be what put them over the top against Prairie View. The titans return home next week for a highly anticipated game in the CNC, as they host the 4-1 Galena Bulldogs.