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After his team’s lopsided victories the past two weeks, Collins football coach Jerry Lucas is happy the Titans’ regular-season finale is against a formidable foe.
Collins (7-2), who beat Waggener and Atherton the last two Friday nights by a combined score of 99-10, will travel to Lexington tonight to take on Bryan Station. Kickoff is set for 7:30.
“They will be a great test for us going into the playoffs,” said Lucas, whose team will be seeded No. 1 from its district in the Class 4A playoffs, which open next Friday.
The Class 6A Defenders are 5-4 so far this season, but could easily be 8-1. Three of their losses – to 8-1 Bell County, 7-3 Lafayette and 4-6 Henry Clay – were by four points or less.
“Bryan Station is big and athletic,” Lucas said.
Henry Clay beat Bryan Station, 33-31, last week, but the Defenders rolled up 455 yards of offense in defeat.
Bryan Station’s largest loss of the season, so far, was when Scott County (8-1), the No. 3 team in The Associated Press 6A Top 10 poll, downed the Defenders, 40-20. In that game (in which Bryan Station outgained the Cardinals, 352-349, in total offense) Scott County jumped out early, leading, 20-7, at the end of the first quarter, thanks to a punt return for a touchdown and a blocked punt for a TD.
That was a similar formula Collins used last year when it beat Bryan Station, 56-13. The Titans scored on their first three possessions (tallying their second TD after perfectly executing an onside kick) to lead 21-0 and held a 35-7 advantage at halftime.
The Defenders high-powered offense, which averages 39.8 points per game, is triggered by junior quarterback Ora Johnson. He has had some huge games this season, including when he threw for 362 yards and five touchdowns in Bryan Station’s season-opening 41-34 victory over Anderson County.
“They have an athletic quarterback who is very much a dual threat,” Lucas said. “They run a spread offense and have a ton of yards and points against very good six-A competition.”
In last week’s loss to Henry Clay Johnson completed 21 of 48 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns, but he was intercepted four times, while also rushing 17 times for 95 yards and one TD. In last year’s game at Robert Doyle Stadium, Johnson completed 11 for 22 passes for 102 yards with one interception and rushed only once for 14 yards.
“We must do a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage on offense and stopping the run and containing the QB on defense,” Lucas said. “We’ll have to play good pass defense and be in the right spots on defense.”
Also in the Henry Clay game, sophomore wide receiver Marcus Floyd had four catches for 139 yards with touchdowns receptions of 50 and 39 yards.
The only common foe the Titans and Defenders have had this season is Lafayette. Collins beat the Generals 30-21 in its only preseason scrimmage on Aug. 10, while Lafayette beat Bryan Station 33-29 on Sept. 28.
“Our kids are excited and we think we are ready to play a great game,” Lucas said.
On the injury front it’s good news, bad news for Collins. Junior linebacker Masai Whyte, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, will be back in the lineup tonight. However the Titans, who are still missing Kris Jones (leg) and Browning Becherer (foot) on defense, will be without sophomore running back/linebacker Antuan “Bushy” Wells for the remainder of the season. Wells anterior cruciate ligament was torn near the end of last week’s victory over Atherton.
“It's a big loss and kids are going to have to step up,” Lucas said. “Bushy is a tremendous football player. He will be fine and at least we have him for two more years.”
Collins at Bryan Station, 7:30 p.m.
Records: Collins 7-2, Bryan Station 5-4.
Radio: WXLN-FM (93.3).
Coaches: C – Jerry Lucas (3rd year, 29-7); BS – Frank Parks (1st year, 5-4).
Last year’s meeting: The Titans jumped out early on the Defenders on their way to a 56-13 victory.
CHS stat leaders: QB Lawson Page (117 for 225 for 1,731 yards with 25 touchdowns and 7 interceptions & 100 rushes for 502 yards and 2 TDs); RB/DB Dre Farris (63 rushes for 468 yards and 7 TDs & 36 catches for 567 yards and 9 TDs & 47 tackles); RB/LB Masai Whyte (26 rushes for 176 yards and 3 TDs & 109 tackles); WR/S Nathan Sames (38 catches for 630 yards and 11 TDs & 57 tackles); RB/LB Logan Bailey (42 rushes for 239 yards and 1 TD & 30 tackles); WR/LB Landon Forrest (21 catches for 277 yards and 2 TDs & 49 tackles); OL/DL Blake Ellis (44 tackles); OL/DL Zach “Buck” Wilson (53 tackles); DL Mark Bradford (46 tackles).
BSHS key players: QB/DB Ora Johnson (No. 1); WR/DB Kenyon Hipps (No. 6); RB/LB Elijah Burdette (No. 23); WR/DB Glenn Spencer (No. 11); WR/DB Jamaree Robertson (No. 19); RB/LB Patrick Puckett (No. 36); OL/DL Keion Gross (No. 50); RB/LB Curtis Sellers (No. 4); WR/LB Marcus Floyd (No. 3); WR/DB Shamonta Harrington (No. 5); WR/DB Devin Key (No. 27).