By Travis Mounts
Five touchdowns and a pick-6 interception powered the Argonia-Attica Titans to a 41-12 win at the Norwich Eagles on Friday.
New quarterback Conner Harnden played a key role by scoring two rushing touchdowns, throwing for one, and getting a defensive score on one of his two interceptions.
“Going into the season, we thought he would be a leader for us,” said co-head coach Luke Greenwood. “Offensively, we were a little sloppy. He was able to make a lot of plays out of nothing. His vision when running the ball is second to none.”
Greenwood said Harnden seemed to be involved in nearly every defensive play.
The Titans kept the ball on the ground for most of the game, rushing for 188 yards. Harnden completed three of five pass attempts to three different receivers, including a 25-yard touchdown to Noah Loreg. Harnden was the Titans’ top rusher with 128 yards, while Dalton Morrison added 40 yards and scored a touchdown, and Wyatt Peterson added a touchdown.
The Titans finished the game with 92 passing yards.
Greenwood was pleased with the effort from the entire team. He felt the Titans’ conditioning showed through.
“We played with a lot of effort. The boys were flying around, especially on defense,” he said.
The Titans did struggle during a few stretches. They committed a penalty on the first play of the game, which eventually forced them to punt. But they held on late in the game when they had to.
“That was the way the whole game went,” Greenwood said. “That was one of the key things for us, moving on from adversity.”
Morrison led the defense with 10 solo tackles and two assists. Harnden had five solo tackles and an assist, and recorded two interceptions. Brady Roblin recovered a Norwich fumble, and Andrew Bennett blocked a punt.
The Titans scored three times in the second quarter to take a 20-6 lead into halftime. Each team scored once in the third quarter. The Titans added two more touchdowns in the fourth.
Argonia-Attica has a home game in Argonia this Friday. The Titans will host Cedar Vale-Dexter, which is coming off a 58-0 loss to the new South Sumner team, the new cooperative team for Caldwell and South Haven.
Cedar Vale-Dexter will try to control the game with their power run game. They will go to the spread if they can’t run, which is what the Titans want to do on defense.
Offensively, A&A will work on execution. They had a lot of players seeing their first varsity action. They got a bit banged up in last week’s win, so a few more players will have to step up on varsity.