It's stating the obvious that the Titans would lay down their "Instant Classic" game in its' inaugural 4A football campaign. The best game of THIS season was going to automatically qualify-even if it wasn't "classic"-worthy.
But the 2014 edition of Titan football has not disappointed on this topic. The season opener at Sergeant Bluff-Luton was an immediate contender. In that back and forth contest (sound familiar?), LC quarterback Austin Simmons connected with Conner Hanafan for a 50-yard touchdown pass with just 25 seconds remaining in the game for the Titan win.
Not a problem calling that opening win an "Instant Classic". However, the Warriors are a 3A team (and a GOOD one at that!), so for the sake of this discussion, the door was left slightly ajar.
Not to worry, though. Apparently when it comes to creating classics, the Titans must LOVE traveling north to Siouxland and playing teams decked out in black and orange. (By the way, what is it with black and orange this fall- The Baltimore Orioles in the MLB playoffs-playing the KC Royals?). Okay-back on topic.
LC's 50-43 triumph in overtime at Olsen Stadium on the campus of Morningside College against NEW District 2 rival Sioux City East, stamped itself immediately as a classic. And if the Titans remain a 4A stalwart, this win may even gain even more stature as the one that started it all.
In the contest, Simmons demonstrated why he is coveted by the University of South Dakota, and why Coyote fans can't wait for him to arrive in Vermillion. All Simmons did was amass 611 yards of total offense and have a hand in 5 touchdowns. Three of his touchdown passes were delivered to Hanafan (sound familiar?), including a 37-yarder in the game's waning moments (sound familiar?) that tied the score and ushered in overtime. Do you think Hanafan enjoys playing in Northwest Iowa?
There are always plenty of heroes in a 50-43 gridiron thriller. I guarantee you the O-Line is in the conversation somewhere. And the defense, even in an offensive shootout, had enough stops for the 'O' to tie, and ultimately win, the game. Brendon Figueroa's interception in overtime sealed the deal.
So thanks, Blue, for keeping everyone on the edge of their collective seats as we all adjust to this foray into 4A.
And while fall sports are part of this topic, hats off to the Girls Cross Country Team for winning their THIRD straight Invitational team title last week (this one coming in Atlantic). Coach Pat Nepple's squad started the season as a strong unit, and has taken it up a notch as the runners gain consistency. They are certainly headed in the right direction and are poised to make some noise as the Hawkeye-10 Conference and Regional Meets loom. Add Brenden O'Brien from the Boys Cross Country team, who is consistently landing in the top five individually at multi-team meets, and the Titan runners are making themselves known in the Western side of the state.
The LC Volleyball squad under Coach Dennis South are also faring well against tough competition as they build momentum for Regionals. Coach Bruce Schomburg and the Titan Girls Swim Team are making a splash of their own. Sophomore MyKenzie Leehy has rarely tasted defeat in her races thus far, and the LC girls are making progress in their quest to make a return trip to State.
Playing an abbreviated Fall schedule under Coach Steve Koester, the LC Boys Golf Team (the Titans are one of just five Iowa schools that play Boys Golf in BOTH the Fall and Spring) was able to get three meets along with Districts in for valuable work that should carry over to the busier Spring season.
Great start to the school year TITAN NATION !
-Website Coordinator Martin Brooks