The Titans dropped their third straight on Saturday, May 15th against the Minneapolis Warriors.
The Warriors, led by 2019 NEFL League MVP, quarterback Javante Johnson, were able to impose their will on the Titans for a final score of 81 to 6.
The Warriors dominated through the air with big, tall receivers in wide open spaces and Isiah Sims (5’11, 220) led the rushing attack with several 20-yard + runs.
The Titans have been marred by several significant injuries and it’s impact showed a thinner sideline translating to little to no success on Saturday.
Still, it was no excuse and the Titans fought on, finding their footing, at least offensively, late in the game with a productive rushing attack and a big touchdown pass from Trevor Taylor to Dominick Sims.
Nonetheless, to say it was far from enough to top a 81-score barnfire from the Warriors is an understatement. Despite a more-than-comfortable lead, the Warriors ran up the score with no mercy and too many successful 2-point conversions to count.
From Head Coach Raven Smith:
“The boys fought tough, we were struck with the injury bug and it hurt us bad…. offensively a couple of key turnovers gave them the momentum early, and it was tough to battle back. Defensively, we blew some coverages that we need to fix. The boys fought tough till the end, though.”
The first three games are over; it has not been an easy transition from the Midwest Premier League to the Northern Elite Football League. The Fargo Invaders and St. Paul Pioneers have won multiple championships, even on the National level, and the Warriors are knocking on that door as well.
What’s next for the Titans? A few weeks off to recover and heal up, followed by a road game to old MPFL rivals Bismarck Wolves on June 5th, of whom the Titans hold a winning record against when they were the Tri-City North Stars.
The next home game will be versus the Twin Cities Sabercats on June 12th at 3PM.
In the meantime, the Titans are hosting a Community Impact Event this Thursday, May 20th from 5PM to 8PM at Pizza Ranch (3750 32nd Ave S, Grand Forks). The Titans (a 501C3 nonprofit) will be there to serve the community and a portion of sales will go back to fund the rest of the Titans’ season.