Titans bring ‘show’ to fans
PEACH VALLEY – Friday nights in the fall will never be the same in Peach Valley.For students, players, parents, coaches and community members, the first-year Coal Ridge football team has brought a new excitement to the area.Despite the Titans’ 42-0 loss to the Hayden Tigers on Friday night, a thrilling feeling filled the atmosphere. A crowd of an estimated 300 fans was on hand to see the Titans line up for the first time in school history.
They roared when Josh Alsop returned the first kick. They applauded when Keenan Grumley hit Bradey Gasaway for Coal Ridge’s first completion. They cheered when Alsop recorded the Titans’ first sack. They went wild when Tyler Williams broke loose for a 29-yard run.And the players soaked in the aroma, glistening under the lights and feeling like stars. “The crowd was great,” said sophomore running back/linebacker David Anderson. “The lights and the crowd made it feel like a show. I really liked having the crowd.”
On defense the Titans also put on a show for the fans. Coal Ridge made Hayden work for its first two touchdowns, making them earn each yard in long drives. The third score came on a breakaway, and the last three were set up by offensive turnovers. But there were glimpses of greatness.Like when Kevin Laidlaw recovered a Hayden fumble, when Gasaway and Williams teamed up for Coal Ridge’s second sack and when Josh Gosnell blocked a Tiger punt. It was a showing that made the players believe their future is bright.
“I think defense is our strength. We are still working on discipline – it’s hard to figure out,” Anderson said. “Once we get it figured out, I think we are going have one of the best defenses out there.””Defense is fun,” Alsop added. “I love defense.”The Titans will play eight more games in their inaugural season, with four more on their home turf. Wins will be hard to come by, playing against teams with seniors and years of experience. But it doesn’t mean the Titans won’t fight. And they know it is just a matter of time before their dreams of just being able to play will manifest into dreams of winning championships.”This is a new school with new people, and this is a building organization,” Alsop said.
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