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First half propels Titans to eighth-straight win

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South Central Calhoun running back Jordan Khommanyvong (3) rushes into the endzone following a block from teammate Landon Schleisman (44) during the first quarter of Friday’s 69-0 win.

LAKE CITY

In the first 10 minutes of the game on Friday night it seemed as if everything just lined up for South Central Calhoun.

In the first quarter alone the Titnas scored 49 points. By the end of the second quarter the Titans’ official score sheet had run out of room, and the Titans were well on their way to an eventual 69-0 win over Eagle Grove.

“I thought we had a great team effort tonight,” said South Central Calhoun coach, Bryan Case. “Everyone had a chance to play and everyone made the most of their opportunities. We challenged the kids to re-set and re-focus this week, and I’d say they responded very well.”

In the first 12 minutes of the game, six different Titan players were able to score a touchdown. Quarterback Cole Corey threw two touchdown passes, and ran for another. Senior Landon Schleisman was responsible for two first quarter scores, an early one-yard touchdown run. Later in the quarter he broke free on a 15-yard run.

Josh Henkenius, who started off the scoring on the night, when he caught a 63-yard touchdown pass from Corey, would later be responsible for another score when he threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to senior Daniel Stevens for the final score in the first quarter.

Aiding the South Central Calhoun offense was an Eagle Grove, that after starting the game with back-to-back first downs, developed a turnover problem.

Back-to-back fumbles led to short fields and quick Titan scores. Blake McAlister, Jordan Khommanyvong and Cole Corey all took their turns running the ball into the endzone in the first.

Scoring slowed down in the second as Jaydon Maschke scored off a 13-yard run. Later, T’Juan Sanders scored on a 44-yard run.

The final score of the game came early in the third, off an accelerated clock, when Jason Goff intercepted a pass and returned it 61 yards for a score.

“Now we need to focus on Pocahontas Area and the outright district championship,” Case said after the game about next week’s regular season finale.

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