RUTHVEN - Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire closed out their first season as the Titans with a 74-42 victory over Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne Friday night. But, the win was bittersweet as the Titans missed out on the post-season, finishing fifth in Eight Man District Two with a 3-4 lead mark and 3-6 overall record.
The contest was a back and forth affair in Ruthven and it was a Ruthven native who provided the majority of the Titans' offensive attack.
Carter Williamson opened the scoring with a one-yard run with 7:28 in the first quarter and quarterback Blaze Alesch ran in the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead. CWL would answer with a touchdown of their own but came up short on the PAT to trail 8-6.
GT/RA struck agains when Kyle Dalen hit paydirt from three yards out with 5:56 to go in the first quarter. Marcus Girres added the two-point conversion for a 16-6 advantage for the Titans that would carry through the end of the first quarter.
After stopping the Panthers, the Titans struck again in the second quarter as Dalen scored with 9:18 to go in the half off a three yard run. Carter Williamson ran in the point for a 24-6 lead
CWL would get a touchdown down and added the two-point conversion to cut GT/RA's lead to 24-14, but that was as close as the Panthers would get for the rest of the contest.
Kyle Dalen would strike a third time off a 13 yard reception from Blaze Alesch and Williamson added the conversion run for the 32-14 score.
With plenty of time remaining in the half, the Titans were feeling the momentum and came up with a fumble recovery.
The turnover would quickly become six points as Alesch would keep the ball and score, with Trevor Hagedorn adding the conversion off a reception from Alesch for a 40-14 advantage.
After the resulting kick, the Titan defense came up big again, as Alesch would pick off a CWL?pass and return it 25 yards for the defensive touchdown. The conversion try failed, making the score 46-14.
But once again, the Panthers would fumble the football on their next possession and the turnover would lead to GT/RA getting a three-yard run from Carter Williamson for a score. Blaze Alesch kept for the conversion to make the score 54-14 at the intermission.
With the continuous clock rule in effect, the second half of the contest sailed by quickly. The Panthers would add a pair of scores in the third quarter in a valiant attempt to come back, but GT/RA would answer with a 10-yard run from Williamson with 3:32 to go in the third frame to make the score 60-30 to start the final stanza.
The Titans took the ball to start the final quarter and turned to Williamson once again with 9:48 to go in the game as he ran in from nine yards out. The conversion failed, making the score 66-30.
The Panthers would push a touchdown over the line to make the score 66-36 and then added their final tally with 3:19 remaining in the contest to cut the Titans' Lead to 66-42. But, GT/RA wasn't done, as the reserves
would finish out the game in fine fashion with Lane Reiman connecting with Marcus Girres on a 34-yard pass for a score with :52 to go in the game. Michael Girres would run in the conversion for the 74=42 final margin of victory.
Carter Williamson did the damage for GT/RA as he rushed for 214 yards on 27 carries with three touchdowns to his credit.
Kyle Dalen added 64 yards and two touchdowns off his 14 rushes and added a 13-yard touchdown pass reception from quarterback Blaze Alesch.
Alesch would finish the contest with 106 yards of rushing, good for a pair of touchdowns off his bakers' dozen attempts. Alesch completed three of three passes for 71 yards as well.
Kyle Dalen had a 13 yard catch of an Alesch pass, while Garrett Parker added a seven yard catch and Marcus Girres added a 34 yard reception and Trevor Hagedorn caught one pass for 39 yards.
Michael Girres had four carries for seven yards and Mason McGrauth had three carries for seven yards to round out the Titans' offensive effort.
Defensively, Zach Chicoine had eight tackles and a fumble recovery, while Mason McGrauth had nine tackles, Alesch had seven, Matt McGrauth had six and Williamson had five stops for GT/RA.
While the season ended with back-to-back wins for the Titans, they fell a game short of qualifying for post-season play.
With the season ending on Friday, the Titans bid farewell to senior players Blaze Alesch, Carter Williamson, Zach Chicoine, Kevin Smith, Austin Rehm, Kyler Dose, Tanner Naig and Trevor Hagedorn.