Collins Notebook 10/15/14
For the Titans, Friday night just wasn’t their night. Luckily the rain subsided for the most part before kickoff, but conditions were still rough with a cold and wet field. Couple that with playing an undefeated 6A opponent and you get a night you’d like to soon forget. The good thing for the Titans is they do get to forget about it as they reenter 4A District 3 play this week after their 34-9 loss at the hands of the Central Hardin Bruins. Friday night will travel down Shelbyville Road to take on Waggener with hopes of improving to 3-0 in the district and one step closer to their 5th consecutive district title.
Looking back to last week, Collins was simply dominated by a much better opponent. Central Hardin was very good last year, and they are even better this year. Switching from more of a spread offense to a wing-T has maximized the strength they have at running back in Xavier Arnette. If you haven’t seen the kid play you need to. He is an absolute load and Collins had no answer for him as Central Hardin rolled up nearly 400 yards rushing. Collins did get some great play out of their special teams, pinning CH deep multiple times, blocking a punt and nearly returning it for a TD, and converting at 37 yard FG. Collins was able to get their passing game going a bit, spreading the ball around for 15 completions, but the running game was not very productive. Collins will need to fix that as they head towards the playoffs with only 3 games left in the regular season.
This week’s opponent will give the Titans plenty of opportunities to improve in all areas of the game, as well as get more experience for the younger players who aren’t already playing varsity. Simply put, Waggener just isn’t a very good football team and Collins should have no problem beating them. That will give them a chance to focus on themselves and work on different areas that need to be improved on before playing to win the district championship outright next week at North Oldham. Hopefully the Titans will be able to forget about their loss to Central Hardin and use this week to focus on getting better and beating their final 3 opponents to finish the regular season.