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Columbus aims to stay perfect against district rival Parsons

The Titans are 5-0 to start the season

Columbus On Parsons
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Columbus On Parsons

COLUMBUS, Kan. - The Columbus Titans are still undefeated. 

The Titans improved to 5-0 last Friday, beating Baxter Springs 46-0. With that win, and their week four win at Caney Valley, Columbus is now 2-0 in district play.

Columbus will have another big district game coming up this Friday, hosting the Parsons Vikings.

Parsons is just 2-3 overall this season, but did win this matchup 34-6 last year.

The Titans are a different team than they were in 2018, when they finished 1-8 overall, and they're ready to show it Friday night. 

"We like to play with a little crack on our shoulder," says Columbus head coach Blake Burns, "It's a district game, they're all important. But it does give us a little incentive to show last year's score before we start talking about scouting reports every week."

"This is called the gauntlet for us because we got Parsons, Galena and then Frontenac," says Columbus QB/DB Patrick Cassidy, "It's going to be three big games. If we can do what we can, hopefully we can get a win, but it's not going to be easy. They're not going to lay down for us. 5-0 doesn't mean anything to them."

The Columbus defense has been on a roll through the first five games, forcing 14 turnovers. They'll have their hands full again with one of the best offensive teams in southeast Kansas.

Parsons QB Ethan Houk has already thrown for 1,100+ yards and 13 touchdowns, and Vikings' wide receiver Dariq Williams is one of the most explosive players in the area. 

Williams is currently averaging 122 yards per game receiving and has already scored 9 touchdowns in five games. 

"He's a scary dude to cover," Cassidy says, "He's got the speed, he's got the moves. It's going to be big stopping him this week."

"He's a special player, and he's going to demand a lot of attention," Burns adds, "They can line him up all over the place. They can line him up at quarterback, running back, receiver. You've got to figure out where he is at all times, and make sure you've got somebody covering him. Because if not, he's a true game-changer and he can break one for a touchdown any time he touches the ball."

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