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GT/RA Titans Bow Out Of Post Season

By Staff | Nov 5, 2015

BREAKING?FREE - Titan quarterback Michael Girres fends off the last Newell-Fonda defender on his way to a 68-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of Monday’s playoff game. The Titans would fall to the Mustangs by a 28-14 final. -- Dan Voigt photo

NEWELL – The Titans of Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire saw their season come to a close Monday night in a 28-14 loss to Newell-Fonda. The loss closes out the Titans’ campaign with a 9-2 mark.

GT/RA?would get the ball to open Monday’s contest and drove down to the Mustangs’ five-yard line, where a Michael Girres pass was intercepted to kill the drive.

Newell-Fonda would engineer a 75-yard drive that was capped off by a 34-yard reception by Cody Wolterman for the score. The kick by Reed Kruse made the score 7-0 with 7:01 on the clock in the first quarter.

The two teams traded possessions and the Titans would get the ball back as the quarter ended. The second quarter opened with a flurry of penalties on the Titans, who would go from the Mustangs’ 34 yard line back to their own 30 before punting.

Newell-Fonda would be forced to punt on their next possession, but on the return, the Titans fumbled the ball and the Mustangs recovered it at the GT/RA 26 yard line.

FIELD THE?KICK?- GT/RA’s Tyler Hoffman brings the ball upfield after a kick in Monday’s playoff game against Newell-Fonda. The Titans would see their season end in a 28-14 loss to the Mustangs in the contest. -- Dan Voigt photo

Just as it looked like the Mustangs would come up with a quick score, the Titans’ Alex Hoffman picked off a pass at the 21 yard line and returned it to midfield, only to have a penalty back the Titans up to the 25 yard line with 7:52 to go in the half. GT/RA would be unable to make anything happen with the possession and punted the ball away.

The Mustangs would drive down to the Titans’ 25 yard line but were stopped on a fourth and seven by the Titan defense and turned the ball over on downs. GT/RA would march downfield off a pair of passes, but penalties would hamper the drive as time would run out with the Titans trailing 7-0 at the intermission.

Newell-Fonda would get the ball to open the second half of the game but would go three and out with a punt. However, the Titans would suffer a similar fate and punted on their possession.

The Mustangs would get the ball back at their 23 and quickly worked downfield, and with 7:25 on the clock, scored an apparent 23 yard touchdown, only to have the run called back for a Block in the Back penalty inside the five-yard line.

The officials brought the ball back to the 19-yard line and on fourth and four, the Mustangs got a 10-yard pass reception by Cole Wise for a score with 5:26 left in the third. The kick made the score 14-0 with plenty of football to be played.

GT/RA got the ball at their own 22-yard line after the kickoff and on first down, quarterback Michael Girres tucked the ball in and weaved his way through the Mustang defense to race 68 yards for a touchdown. Girres would keep for the two-point conversion to make the score 14-8 as the Titans celebrated the score.

On the first play from scrimmage after the kick, Newell-Fonda fumbled the football at their 27-yard line. The Titans’ Jordan Thompson jumped on the loose ball to give the Titans a golden opportunity.

However, the Mustang defense rose to the challenge and stopped GT/RA on downs to get the ball back at the 27 yard line. Newell-Fonda would drive downfield and with :32 to play in the third quarter, Cole Wise would find the end zone from 29 yards out for his second score of the quarter. The kick would give the Mustangs a 21-8 lead as the final quarter began.

GT/RA would face a second and 10 at their own 15 yard line to start the final quarter, but quickly worked out to midfield before Michael Girres would break free for a 38-yard touchdown run with 8:44 to go in the contest. The two-point try would fail, making the score 21-14 as the Mustangs took over.

Starting at their own 26, the Mustangs methodically worked their way downfield, getting down to the one yard line before Dustin Johnson would plunge into the end zone with 4:02 left in the game. The PAT?kick would make the score 28-14 as the clock became the Titans’ greatest enemy.

The Mustangs tried an onside kick that Eric Sundall recovered at the GT/RA 33 yard line, but the offense would go three and out, turning the ball over on downs as Newell-Fonda would run the clock out to earn the win.

GT/RA would amass 229 rushing yards and 83 yards passing for a total of 312 yards of offense in the game.

Michael Girres would carry the ball 27 times for 196 yards, while Tyler Hoffman added seven carries for 24 yards and Alex Hoffman had four rushes for nine yards. Girres completed six of 12 passes for 83 yards, with Tyler Hoffman pulling in five passes for 78 yards and Alex Hoffman making one catch for five yards.

The defense was led by Nate Larson with 12 tackles and a sack. Michael Girres added nine tackles, while Jacob Conlon and Magnus Vangsbo both had eight tackles. Alex Hoffman had seven tackles and a sack, while Sam Skattebo added six tackles and a sack and Alex Hoffman made five tackles and a sack and intercepted a pass, while Jordan Thompson recovered a fumble.