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Farris is more than ‘fair’

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He turns touches into touchdowns

By Josh Cook

After the Collins football team’s 42-14 victory over crosstown-rival Shelby County on Friday night, senior Dre Farris and the rest of the Titans gathered around head coach Jerry Lucas.

As Farris, helmet off, listened to his coach talk, steam rose from his head on an unseasonably cool late-summer night.

Some might argue it was smoke, though, after Farris, a Western Kentucky University recruit, burned the Rockets for four touchdowns and 228 all-purpose yards at Robert Doyle Stadium.  

“Dre made big plays all night,” Lucas said.

In the preseason and early this season Lucas has said that he wanted to get Farris, a multitalented, multiposition player, 20 “touches” a game.

He only had 13 Friday night, but he made the most of them, rushing eight times for 61 yards and two TDs, catching two passes for 78 yards and two more touchdowns and returning three kicks (one punt and two kickoffs) for 89 yards.

“He can affect the game in a lot of different ways,” Lucas said.

It didn’t take Farris long to affect Friday night’s game. On the first play, after Masai Whyte’s 64-yard return of the opening kickoff, Farris took a pitch from quarterback Lawson Page, ran to his left, cut back right then spun away from one would-be tackler before breaking another on his way to a 29-yard TD run 23 seconds into the game.

Later in the first quarter, after Shelby County had scored consecutive touchdown to go ahead, 14-7, Farris returned Josh Edwards’ kickoff 55 yards to the Rockets’ 43. Two plays later, with the Titans facing a second down from Shelby’s 45, Page threw a quick screen pass to Farris, who did the rest. He ran over one would-be tackler, then sprinted 45 yards into the end zone to tie the score.

“I tried to catch it, then get out in the open as soon as I could, and it turned into a big play,” Farris said.

He had two more big plays still to come.

With Collins leading, 28-14, late in the fourth quarter and on the heels of Gabe Nash’s interception of a pass by Dalton Thompson, Page and Farris connected for a 33-yard touchdown with 3:34 to play.

Finally, after the Rockets turned the ball over on downs deep in their own territory, Farris capped off his big night with a 26-yard, cutback TD run with only 47 seconds left.

“Farris is very talented,” Shelby County Coach Todd Shipley said.