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Titans cook up ‘Dogs in short order

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They face Doss on Friday

By Josh Cook

The Collins football team made fast work of Fairdale on Friday night.

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The Titans ran out to a 28-0 lead in their 56-21 victory in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs at Titans Stadium.

Collins (8-3) amassed 623 yards of total offense (299 on the ground, 324 through the air) and won for the sixth time in its past seven games.

“The thing I thought was nice tonight was we were balanced,” Titans Coach Jerry Lucas said afterward. “The offensive line did a great job.…And we had a lot of things working well.”

Collins had plenty who played well.

Junior quarterback Lawson Page passed for 324 yards and two touchdowns. Junior running back Dre Farris accounted for 208 yards of total offense (135 receiving, 73 rushing) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving). Senior running back Logan Bailey ran for 129 yards and three TDs. Junior wide receiver Landon Forrest finished with six catches for 130 yards.

“We had a nice flow [on offense],” said Lucas, whose team will host Doss (5-6) this Friday night in the second round of the playoffs.

Things were flowing early for the Titans, who scored on each of their four first-period possessions.

Collins forced Fairdale (3-8) to go three-and-out on its first possession, then went 51 yards in five plays – all rushes – to reach the end zone on Bailey’s 15-yard TD run.

The Titans stopped the Bulldogs again on downs on their second possession before returning to their running game. Five more rushes – the last one an 11-yarder by Farris – put Collins on top 14-0.

The Titans finally went to the air on their third drive to set up Bailey’s second touchdown run – this one a 2-yarder – with 2:36 to play in first quarter.

Junior cornerback Isaiah Jones intercepted Boo Crabtree’s pass on Fairdale’s fourth possession, and moments later Collins was in the end zone again, when Page connected with Farris on a 31-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the first quarter to make it 28-0.

Fairdale took the ensuing kickoff and drove 80 yards in 10 plays. The Bulldogs capped their march on Crabtree’s 15-yard TD strike to Tyler Cowgill, but the Titans responded with a 70-yard drive, which Page finished off with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Sames.

Collins continued to add to its lead in the second half, scoring two TDs in the first 3:20 of the third quarter. The first was a 29-yard run by Farris, the second a 1-yard plunge by Masai Whyte. 

Fairdale’s Jimmie Harris returned the subsequent kickoff 97 yards to make it 49-14.

Bailey’s final touchdown run – a 3-yarder – capped off Collins’ scoring early in the fourth quarter.

“I thought Logan ran the ball great,” Lucas said.

The Titans’ gave up only 9 rushing yards (on 10 carries) and 338 yards through the air.

“Half of that was against our JV,” Lucas said. “The thing I liked was we were a lot more aggressive [on defense].”

Whyte and senior lineman Justin Nelson paced Collins with eight tackles apiece. Nelson, who has come on as a starter late in the season, also tallied the Titans’ only sack. Elijah Jones, Sames and Forrest added five stops apiece,

“Landon had a great night, really on both sides of the ball,” Lucas said.