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By LARRY GOFFINET
TELL CITY—Gibson Southern’s football team finished 4-7 last year but is 6-1 this year and averaging 35.7 points per game. So are the Titans the surprise of the PAC?
“I don’t think so,” Tell City Coach Ryan George said Monday as his team was preparing to host the Titans Friday at 7 p.m. “I thought they had talent last year.”
He said their improved record is a combination of that talent maturing and new coach Nick Hart doing a good job bringing out the best in his players.
George said the Titans have “good team speed, comparable to us.
“Their quarterback (third-year starter Jordan Scheller, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior) is good at running and throwing the ball. He’s kind of the one that makes them go.
“And they’ve got a good back too in David Anguish, a 6-foot, 195-pound senior.”
Anguish made a 35-yard touchdown run against Tell City last year and Scheller passed for four touchdowns.
Spencer Schmitt, a 6-5, 220-pound senior, is his top receiver this year, George said.
The Titans use a variety of spread offenses. “They’re pretty versatile,” said George.
Size-wise, they are “comparable” to Tell City “for the most part,” said George. “They start a couple of freshmen on the line.”
The Titans’ main defense is “almost like a 3-5, but we’ll see them in four- and five-man fronts,” said George.
Linebackers Austin Martin, a 6-2, 210-pound senior, and Cody Higgins, a 5-11, 185-pound junior, are defensive standouts for the Titans.
As for what Tell City will be able to do best against the Titans, “we’ll take what they give us,” said George. “We’ve been having some success running the ball, and we’re pretty well back up to full strength.”