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Titans need discipline for success against Chargers

September 6, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

GRAETTINGER - After taking on two of the bigger teams around, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire will have to deal with a smaller, quicker team tonight.

The Titans travel to Laurens to take on Laurens-Marathon.

While GT/RA is 0-2, the Chargers are 2-0 after beating Kingsley-Pierson 24-22 and St. Mary's of Remsen 50-20.

The quarterback leads the way with 192 rushing yards on 33 attempts with three touchdowns. He also is 8-of-22 passing for 121 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Collin Lind has 144 yards on 37 attempts with five touchdowns.

"Their quarterback is very quick," said GT/RA coach Todd Hough. "Their team speed is pretty good-they're not as big, but they're quick."

Hough said the key for the defense is to keep their eye on the "shifty" quarterback.

"We need to keep in contained," Hough said.

As for the Titans, they need to clean up their mistakes.

"Our defense was much better last week and our pass defense was a little better," he said.

But offensively, GT/RA couldn't sustain drives.

"We get three good gains and then have a holding penalty or a fumble," he said. "Once three or four things like that happen, he kind of steamrolls."

Hough said his team doesn't have big play ability, so they have to keep things consistent and drive the ball down the field.

Last week, the Titans gave up three fumbles and in both of their first two games have given up a kickoff return for a touchdown.

"We just need to be disciplined," Hough said.



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