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Titans to host No. 9 Newell-Fonda in regular season finale

By David Swartz - Managing Editor | Oct 7, 2020

RUTHVEN — Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire wraps up the regular season this Friday hosting ninth-ranked Newell-Fonda in Ruthven.

On Tuesday, GTRA coach Todd Hough said his quarterback situation is day to day. Drew Schnell started in place of Max Hough last week against Kingsley-Pierson, as Max works his way back from an injury.

“Our quarterback is probably going to be Drew again,” said coach Hough. “Max is still favoring an injury and doesn’t look like he’ll be ready to go. It’s kind of a day to day thing.”

Schnell current is 11-of-22 passing for 57 yards this season.

Although the Titans have managed just one touchdown the past three weeks, Coach Hough says he has seen his team play better each week.

“I feel the last couple weeks we’ve gotten better at some of the things we’ve been working on,” said Hough. “That’s what we’re looking for is improvement in those areas. Assignment-wise, we’ve been getting better. We sttill have a ways to go.”

Newell-Fonda is coming off a 30-28 loss to third-ranked Remsen-St. Mary’s. The Mustangs had led that contest 21-7 at halftime. They’ll be looking for some momentum heading into the playoffs.

Newell-Fonda has a strong ground game with 1,383 yards on 229 carries. Quarterback Gabe Sievers leads the team with 66 carries for 548 yards and eight touchdowns. He is also 21-of-50 passing for 437 yards and seven touchdowns. The Mustangs have five other players with at least 100 rushing yards, so the Titans can’t concentrate on just one person.

Newell-Fonda’s defense has done well creating turnovers this year with 19 total while the Titans have created 11 turnovers.

Hunter Christensen leads Newell-Fonda with 41.5 tackles. Brock Grimm leads the Titan defense with 40.5 tackles while Schnell has 35 tackles.