RUTHVEN - The first home game of the season seemed to be under the effects of the full moon for the GT/RA?Titans Friday as they were defeated by a 43-8 tally at the hands of Remsen-Union in Ruthven. Turnovers and penalties against the Titans were key in the contest as GT/RA coughed up the football on three occasions, as well as having an interception and a blocked punt both returned for touchdowns by the Rockets of Remsen-Union.
The Titans played hard through the first half, staying with the Rockets, but gave up a touchdown to Remsen-Union in the first quarter to trail 8-0 at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, Remsen-Union's defense would block a Titan punt and returned it eight yards for a quick score. The Rockets added a touchdown off a 25 yard pass later in the closing minutes of the first half to post a 22-0 lead at the intermission.
Things went south in a hurry at the start of the second half for the Titans, as Remsen-Union got a quick touchdown and then intercepted a Blaze Alesch pass and returned it 47 yards for a score to post a 36-0 lead to end the third quarter.
But, the Titans got on the scoreboard when Carter Williamson took a handoff and bulled in from three yards out to score. Williamson added the conversion run for a 36-8 tally.
But, the Rockets would take the resulting kickoff and returned it 75 yards for the 43-8 final tally.
GT/RA?struggled offensively, getting just 75 yards off 43 rushing attempts. Carter Williamson gained 38 yards on a dozen rushes and Kyle Dalen added 13 carries for 29 yards.
Blaze Alesch hit four of nine passes for 89 yards, with Williamson making two catches for 37 yards. Garrett Parker had a 47 yard reception and Kyle Dalen added a five yard catch.
On defense, Mason McGrauth made eight tackles, while Kyle Dalen added six stops and Cody Thompson and Carter Williamson each made five tackles for the Titans. Ryan Jacks rounded out the Titan defensive effort with a fumble recovery.
The Titans open District play this Friday when they travel to Laurens-Marathon.