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EARLIER: Titans take off toward state championship

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By Todd Martin

The Collins High School football team took off Bowling Green in a swirl of celebration Friday morning.

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After a team breakfast in the gym, the Titans were greeted by the entire Collins’ student-body, fans and parents as they boarded the bus to travel to the KHSAA Class 4A State Championship.

A few members and coaches from the Shelby County High School state championship team were on hand to see the team off and Chris Warford took a few minutes to talk to the Titans before they left.

“I was sixteen-years-old and that’s a moment in my life I’ll never forget,” he told the team, coaches and others gathered in the school gym this morning. “What ever happens out there, win or lose, you’ll remember. If you’re victorious it’s sweet memories, and if you lose hold your head high. Because if you give everything you have and leave everything you got on that field, you’ll have no regrets. This will be a defining moment in your life.”

As the Titans left the gym, the sounds of the band and cheering students, fans and parents welcomed them. The eighth to twelfth grade students had lined the driveway from the buses parked by the entrance to the football field all way to the front of the school.

Head coach Jerry Lucas addressed the crowd with a preview of his speech for the team.

“One thing I’m going to tell our team later, I’ll tell you know,” he said. “We know that Highlands has twenty-one state championships, and I saw somewhere that they are the all-time wins leader. But I know one team that has a higher winning percentage than they do – THE COLLINS TITANS!”

Just before the team started the celebratory walk to the bus, Principal John Leeper led the team and students in a cheer.

“I… I believe… I believe that we can win…

“We need to be twelve-hundred strong down there, we’re taking seven buses and we need the rest of you that aren’t on buses down there cheering for our Titans,” he said the crowd.