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Titans earn district title, complete undefeated regular season

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A habit has been forming in Lake City. On Friday night the Titans added to the rather healthy habit.

Once again the Titan defense held strong, and didn’t allow a point. Meanwhile the offense showed their hand scoring six times in a 34-0 victory over Pocahontas Area on Friday night.

“I’m extremely proud of our kids,” said South Central Calhoun head coach, Bryan Case after Friday night’s game. “Our team stayed the course all year and their efforts are paying off. They’ve worked for an undefeated season and another district title, and they were rewarded with both tonight.”

Most of the damage the Titans did in the second half came in the second quarter when the Titans were able to score three times to secure the win, and undefeated season.

Early in the fourth Keagen Meyer was able to start off the scoring when he ran the ball in from eight yards out, pushing the Titan lead to 14 with more than 10 minutes remaining before half.

Just over four minutes later the Titans added to their lead when Landon Schleisman was able to cap off a Titan drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.

Just before half the Titans scored once again this time when Zane Neubaum was able to place a 37-yard field goal between the posts.

At the midgame break the Titans led 24 to nothing.

The second half started with a little bit of imagination of head coach Case.

Before the season started everyone knew that the Titans had two viable options at quarterback, Cole Corey, who has taken most of the snaps this year, and Josh Henkenius who has also spent time at receiver and quarterback this year.

It turns out there could have been a third player in the quarterback battle. On Friday night Landon Schleisman was able to connect with Henkenius for a 42-yard touchdown pass. Following the Neubaum PAT, the Titans held a 31-0 lead.

“It was a hard fought game between two pretty good teams,” Case said. “We’re walking away with the win, but we also have some bumps and bruises we need to deal with.”

Later in the third the Titans scored their final points as Neubaum split the uprights with a 31-yard field goal.

The victory for the Titans is their ninth-straight and it helped South Central Calhoun secure their district title. With the district title they also earn their way back into the playoffs.

Overall, the Titans were able to earn the No. 5 seed in the playoffs. In the first round they will take on Mount Ayr, the 12th-ranked team according the Iowa High School Athletic Association RPI, which is what determines where a team goes in the playoffs.

“Hopefully we can re-group and come back strong in the 1st round of the state next Friday night,” Case said.

Corey finished the game throwing six completions out of 10 passing attempts for 85 total yards. He threw one touchdown, early in the game to Blake McAlister.

Henkenius was 1-3 passing for 19 yards. Schleisman’s one pass was completed for 42 yards.

Meyer led the Titans with 83 yards rushing. Schleisman added 50 yards on the ground. Corey finished with 20 yards.

Brennan Holder finished with 11 yards on the ground. McAlister had 25 yards. Henkenius, Kevin King, Chase Scheidegger, Brody Stauter and Cody Thompson all combined for seven total yards rushing.

McAlister led the way receiving with two catches for 75 yards. That included a 45-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter.

Henkenius had a 42-yard touchdown catch.

Schleisman finished with one catch for 19 yards. Holder had five receiving yards. Meyer had four and Daniel Stevens finished with six total yards.

Holder led the Titans with eight total tackles on Friday. Jayden Soard was close behind with six tackles. Blake Thompson finished with three tackles.

Schleisman added four and a half tackles in the contest.

Jordan Khommanyvong and McAlister both had interceptions in the game.

Neubaum made both field goals he attempted and all four PATs.

The Titans will host Mount Ayr on Friday night. Kickoff will be around 7 p.m.

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