Running Titans race to 31-14 win over Aspen |

Running Titans race to 31-14 win over Aspen

Post Independent/Kelley Cox

Three touchdowns runs by Zane Lundin put a smile on head coach Rod Pressler’s face and a championship trophy in the collective arms of the New Castle Titans.

“I had kids at the beginning of the year that didn’t know anything about football; we turned them into 27 people working as a machine,” the coach said of the Titans’ 31-14 win over Aspen in Sunday’s Three Rivers Youth Football Division I Super Bowl.

The victory raised New Castle’s seasonal record to 7-0 ” the only team in the valleywide youth football program to go undefeated in the 2006 season.

Pressler, in his first season as Titans’ head coach, credited the team’s assistant coaches and parents as key factors to the team’s success.

“This season, we couldn’t have gotten off to the year we had without the help of our great coaches and parents,” he said.

Together, under a rare pleasant late-October afternoon, both the coaching staff and their supporters watched New Castle run Aspen into the ground.

Sticking to the running game for most of their offensive plays, the Titans rumbled to a 19-0 halftime lead on rushing touchdowns of 30 and 35 yards by Lundin with a two-yard score from Brooks Pressler, the coach’s son, in-between.

Rod Pressler said the Titans’ corps of linemen was a key factor to the win.

“We have 10 solid kids that we platoon and have them rotating in the game,” the coach said. “What works for us is keeping them fresh.”

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