It was a showdown between two neighborhood rivals who had no place to go but up. Both were battling for some semblance of Mid-ndiana Conference respectability, not to mention hopes of shaking off late-season downslides.
But on this Taylor Titan senior night, none of that mattered, and the Titans of coach Eric Davis and the Eastern Comets of coach Josh Edwards more than proved the matter with 48 solid minutes of unforgiving, unrelenting football. Both clubs came out wearing their hearts on their sleeves, their guts on their pads and their attitudes on their helmets. Eastern deservedly won the contest 57-26, but Taylor came away with more than respectable runner-up honors.
It took the Comets some 27 rushes for 312 yards and three touchdowns and 10 pass hookups in 16 flings good for 185 more yards and four scores to convince the Titans. Granted, the Titans came up a tad short with just 139 yards and four scores on 24 totes with an additional 113 yards on 7-of-19 aerial attempts plus two interceptions.
But the Titans apparently lost track of the scoreboard because they were still gunning for the end zone when the clock finally fizzled out, leaving them with a winless overall record (0-8) and 0-6 in the MIC as they eye a trip to Maconaquah next Friday. The Comets gained a notch in their overall credentials in improving to 2-6 and finaly broke the ice in the conference (1-5 MIC).
“We came out throwing because we thought that was our best opportunity,” Edwards said. “I was especially proud of the squad because we were missing some starters. [Quarterback Austin] Bates had a great game but he’s an extremely hard worker, and it was great to have [Papee] Byers back. We used that opening reverse because we wanted to get the jump on them.
“But a lot of credit goes to Taylor because they didn’t quit and played right down to the last minute.”