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The Collins football team heads into tonight’s game at Waggener looking to get a step closer to a district title.
Yet the Titans will also have an eye on the even bigger picture.
“We've just got to continue to get better,” said Collins Coach Jerry Lucas, whose team will kickoff against the Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. in Saint Matthews. “We played well Friday against North [Oldham], but we've still got to improve in all phases of our game”
The Titans (5-2, 2-0) are coming off a 36-20 victory at North Oldham that put them in the driver’s seat of Class 4A, District 3. It didn’t come without a price, though.
“We are dealing with some injuries this week, so some young guys are going to have to step up and make plays,” Lucas said.
Despite his team’s problems, Lucas said he knows that Waggener (1-6, 1-2) – whose lone victory this season was a 34-22 triumph over Atherton on Sept. 21 – is capable of making some plays of its own.
“Waggener is an athletic team and very big up front on both sides of the ball,” Lucas said. “They have struggled at times this year, but if you let them get going, they are a dangerous team.”
The Wildcats, who are coming off a 55-22 loss to Spencer County, average 20 points per game while giving up 41.
“We need a fast start against them,” said Lucas, whose team has outscored its opponents, 76-47, in the first quarter this season. “Their quarterback is an athlete, and we will have to contain him. They have explosive kids at running back and receiver. We will have to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.”
Collins hosts Atherton next Friday on its “Senior Night” and district finale.
Collins at Waggener, 7:30 p.m.
Records:Collins 5-2, Waggener 1-6.
Coaches:C – Jerry Lucas (3rd year, 27-7); W – Daniel McDonald (1st year, 1-6).
Last year’s meeting:Lawson Page passed for four touchdowns in the Titans’ 58-3 victory.
CHS stat leaders:QB Lawson Page (90-for-174 passing for 1,342 yards with 16 touchdowns and 7 interceptions & 90 rushes for 407 yards and 2 TDs); RB/DB Dre Farris (52 rushes for 337 yards with 4 TDs & 25 catches for 364 yards and 4 TDs & 42 tackles); RB/LB Masai Whyte (26 rushes for 176 yards with 3 TDs & 109 tackles); WR/S Nathan Sames (31 catches for 514 yards and 8 TDs & 42 tackles); RB/LB Logan Bailey (30 rushes for 183 yards with 1 TD & 21 tackles); WR/LB Landon Forrest (15 catches for 219 yards and 1 TD & 37 tackles and three fumble recoveries); OL/DL Zach “Buck” Wilson (42 tackles); DL Mark Bradford (40 tackles); CB Elijah Jones (34 tackles and 5 INTs).
WHS key players:OL/DL Wes Ford (No. 59); RB/DL Chris Henderson (No. 23); OL-DL Jalen Williams (No. 65); QB/LB Tyrone Stallard (No. 13); RB/DL Aaron Partee (No. 9); OL/DL Kyle Kleitz (No. 53).
Class 4A, District 3 standings:Collins 2-0, Spencer County 2-1, North Oldham 1-1, Waggener 1-2, Atherton 0-2.