On Friday night, the Titan football team kicked off their home opener against the Fort Osage Indians. Both teams were looking to win their first game of the season after opening up with losses on the road. The Titans were looking for their first win after a 19-6 loss against the Park Hill Trojans that included four turnovers. The Indians were coming off a 6-0 loss against the Raytown South Cardinals in a game dominated by defense.
The offensive game plan seemed to be much different against the Indians than it was against the Trojans as the Titans almost doubled their passing yards with 198 against Fort Osage compared to 107 against the Trojans. Senior quarterback Sammy Cooper was 12 for 15 passing for 162 yards and 4 touchdowns before being pulled for the game as the Titans were leading 39-7 in the 4th quarter. Senior wide receiver and last year’s receiving touchdown leader Trevor Kardell hauled in 2 passes for 43 yards and 2 touchdowns while also adding a 21 yard touchdown pass to junior Grant McAtee. The passing attack of the Titans put the Indians in a 39-0 deficit by the time the second half started.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Titans gave up only 1 touchdown and 9 first downs against the Indians offense, after a game against the Trojans in which they allowed 3 touchdowns and 25 first downs. While the defense picked off the Trojans 3 times last Friday, the defense created turnovers in a different way against the Indians with 2 fumble recoveries that then led to points on the offensive end.
After the 45-7 win, the Titans will look to start a winning streak against the Blue Springs South Jaguars next Friday at Blue Springs South.