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Earlier this week Collins football coach Jerry Lucas compared his football team, with its fast-paced, no-huddle offense, to a Ferrari.
Lucas admitted, though, he drove it like a Volkswagen in last Friday’s 23-21, season-opening loss to Simon Kenton.
He said he hopes to get back to putting the pedal to the metal tonight at 7:30, when the Titans play South Oldham in Crestwood.
“We need to do a better job on offense,” said Lucas, who tried to slow down his team’s pace against the Pioneers in order to save its collective legs for the fourth quarter.
Lucas also wants to see improvement from his team’s defense, especially on the ground, after giving up 215 rushing yards – including 194 in the second half – to Simon Kenton last Friday.
“Defensively we must do a better job against the run,” he said.
The Titans will likely be put to the test by the Dragons, members of Class AAAAA who went 8-4 last year.
South Oldham opened its season last Friday night with a 30-8 victory over East Jessamine in the Visitnich.com Bowl. The Dragons outgained the Jaguars 425-266 in total offense, including 294-130 on the ground.
South Oldham had a very balanced rushing attack, with six players getting four or more carries. Senior quarterback Chase Lightfoot rushed eight times for 72 yards and three touchdowns, and junior Kevin Kuriger ran eight times for 68 yards. Conner John and Daniel Propp added seven and six carries, respectively. Senior Ticorion Williams, the team’s top returning rusher (702 yards, 7 TDs), ran four times for 48 yards.
“We are going to have to contain their running game,” Lucas said. “They do a good job of throwing the football, but their bread and butter is running the ball. They run a Wing T set and run several different types of option plays within their offense.”
Lightfoot also completed 6 of 9 passes for 131 yards and one TD last week. His top target was senior Davis Culbertson, who had three catches for 80 yards. He had 25 catches for 463 yards and six TDs last season. Williams, the team’s top returning receiver (29 receptions for 503 yards and seven TDs), didn’t have a catch last week.
Senior Shane Smith led the Dragons’ defense last week with 10 tackles.
“Defensively they are an attacking style of defense and do a good job of getting to the football,” Lucas said.
South Oldham had the sixth-best passing defense in 5A during the regular season last year.
“We just need to continue to get better in all phases of the game,” Lucas said. “We know we are playing a good schedule the first four games, and we think it will challenge us to continue to raise our level of play. South Oldham is a top-ten team in five-A. They have a great coach and an excellent football team.
“We are going to have to play well to win the game.”
Collins at South Oldham, 7:30 p.m.
Records: Collins 0-1, South Oldham 1-0.
Coaches: C – Jerry Lucas (4th year, 33-10); SO – Jamie Reed (4th year, 22-13).
Last week: The Titans, who led almost all of the game, fell to Class 6A Simon Kenton, 23-21, on a field goal with 11 seconds left.
The Dragons downed East Jessamine, 30-8, in the Visitnich.com Bowl. Chase Lightfoot passed for 131 yards and 1 TD and rushed for 72 yards and 3 TDs to lead South.
CHS key players (with stats): QB Lawson Page (15-for-23 passing for 176 yards with 3 touchdowns & 11 rushes for 53 yards); RB/DB Dre Farris (5 rushes for 12 yards & 6 catches for 51 yards and 1 TD & 3 tackles); RB/LB Masai Whyte (5 rushes for 16 yards & 1 catch for 24 yards & 10 tackles); RB/LB Ryan Watkins (5 rushes for 34 yards & 2 catches for 34 yards & 7 tackles); WR/S Nathan Sames (5 catches for 43 yards and 1 TD & 7 tackles); WR/LB Landon Forrest; OT/DL Zach “Buck” Wilson (7 tackles); OL/DL Mark Bradford (8 tackles); OL/DL Kris Jones (2 tackles); WR/CB Elijah Jones (4 tackles); WR/DB Isaiah Jones (1 catch for 24 yards and 1 TD & 3 tackles and 1 INT); RB/LB Quintin “Pookie” Murphy (6 tackles); RB/LB Antuan “Bushy” Wells (6 tackles).
SOHS key players (with jersey numbers & stats): QB Lightfoot (No. 3; 6-for-9 passing for 131 yards and 1 TD & 8 rushes for 72 yards and 3 TDs); RB/LB Ticorion Williams (No. 33; 4 rushes for 48 yards); RB/LB Kevin Kuriger (8 rushes for 68 yards); RB/LB Conner John (No. 5; 7 rushes for 35 yards & 5 tackles); RB/DB Daniel Propp (No. 7; 6 rushes for 44 yards); WR/DB Davis Culbertson (No. 10; 3 catches for 80 yards); LB Shane Smith (No. 56; 10 tackles); WR/DB Charles McGee (No. 16; 1 catch for 36 yards and 1 TD); RB/DB Starr Thompson (No. 11; 5 tackles, 1 INT); TE/LB Nick Bass (No. 15; 7 tackles); OL/DL Daniel Young (No. 54; 7 tackles); RB/LB Nathan Dearen (No. 32; 6 tackles).