Photo by Bruce Brierley for the Exponent
This past weekend, the MinnDak Titans hosted their inaugural home game versus the storied St. Paul Pioneers and fell 0-45. The result wasn’t what the Titans had hoped for but the on-field play showed somewhat a different picture than what the scoreboard displayed.
The first half finished with Pioneers leading the game 12-0 with two late scores, but the back-and-forth, consistent punting from both teams largely led this game to be an open question. The Titans for example pulled in two interceptions in what proved to be a bruising first half.
In the second half, we saw the Pioneers run away with the score with a number of passing touchdowns while the Titans finished the game with 11 rushing yards total. Quarterback Trevor Taylor threw for 178 yards and 1 interception, often throwing under pressure. Devon Pope, Bill Craig and Gerald Anton Jr. rounded off the receivers with 85, 43 and 56 yards respectively.
The first half showed the Titans can compete and belong in this league. Through adversity such as this, the team will have to show it has the will to fight when the going gets tough if they want a chance to compete for a Northern Elite Football League Championship.
Comments from Coach Raven Smith:
“Offensively there was a lot of improvement from last week even though you cannot see it from the scoreboard. We had a couple of great looks on offense, just failed to catch the ball when it mattered. In the second half, we got pretty banged up as a team and had to go to our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th stringers. I feel like the backups did a great job stepping in when they had to, but the chemistry and game experience just were not there. On the defensive side of the ball we had the same issue. Coming into the game we were already down four defensive backs then during the game we lost another three. I loved the effort and everyone stepped up to fill these holes we had because of injuries and I am looking forward to this week and getting our guys back healthy.”
The Titans will look to rebound their 0-2 start this upcoming weekend when they face the mighty Minneapolis Warriors (2-0) for another home game at East Grand Forks Senior High football field. Game-time is 3PM and tickets can be bought at the door or online at www.gotitans.org
Full Stats: https://www.northernelitefootball.com/game/show/30443083