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6-TD 1st quarter makes an easy night

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Titans to face N. Oldham on Homecoming for district title

By Josh Cook

One quarter into Friday night’s Class 4A, District 3 football game against Waggener, host Collins was on pace to score 168 points.

The Titans didn’t quite reach that number, but their 42-point first quarter helped them cruise to a 52-0 victory over the Wildcats.

“I thought our kids played at a very high level,” Collins Coach Jerry Lucas said. “Our kids executed very well.”

The victory set up a winner-take-district-title showdown this Friday night between the Titans (6-2, 3-0) and North Oldham (6-2, 3-0) at Collins, when Homecoming will be celebrated at 7:30.

Collins took care of business –  very quickly –  against Waggener (1-7, 1-2).

The Titans took the opening kickoff and needed just five plays and 1 minute, 41 seconds to reach the end zone for the first time, on Ryan Watkins’ 27-yard touchdown run.

Collins then recovered its ensuing onside kick and needed only three plays to score again, this time on a 36-yard run by Dre Farris.
After an exchange of possessions, Masai Whyte capped the Titans’ third possession and a 7-play, 80-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown run. He added a 12-yard TD run on Collins’ fourth possession, which came following another onside kick recovery, to make it 28-0 with 3:01 to play in the period.

Senior cornerback Elijah Jones then came up with the defensive play of the game, taking a pass away from Waggener wide receiver Semaj Ingram in midair and returning it 27 yards for the Titans’ third TD in 59 seconds.

The Wildcats went three-and-out again before Collins made it 42-0 – when Farris took a swing pass from Lawson Page and went 38 yards to the end zone – with 2.2 seconds to play in the period.

The Titans took their foot off the gas after that, although the lead increased to 45-0 on Blanton Creque’s 25-yard field goal 1:56 before halftime.

With the clock running, the Titans tallied their final points when Dylan Siler hauled in a 44-yard touchdown pass from Browning Becherer with 4:31 to play, and backup kicker Noah Brunner added the PAT.

Collins outgained Waggener 415-29, including 213 to negative 8 yards on the ground and 202-37 through the air.

Watkins accounted for 104 yards of total offense (65 rushing, 39 receiving), and Farris finished with 97 yards (51 rushing, 46 receiving). Page, meanwhile, completed 11 of 14 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown.