Boys Varsity Football · Titans Snatch Victory Out of Jaws of Defeat Winning at Home For First Time Since 2011

The Shaler Area Titan Football team caused bedlam at Lou Martig Field Friday night in upending the Hampton Talbots 29-28.  Scoring 15 points in the last 6 minutes the Titans were able to overcome what seemed an insurmountable lead near the end of the fourth quarter.  The Titans had come out with intensity in its first drive manhandling its way down the field only to be stopped on a fumble deep inside Talbot territory.  Miscues and errors put the Titans down early 14-0.  Late in the second quarter Shaler was able to punch in a score but failed on the conversion and the score was 14-6 at the half.   Giving up an early touchdown to the Talbots after the half, the home team looked to be in trouble, but the momentum of the game turned and Shaler was able to score to make it 21-12 and converted the 2 point conversion to close the gap to 21-14.  The Titans seemed to have taken command of the flow of the game and were marching again midway through the fourth quarter towards a score.  Quarterback Darin Mizgorski broke free and was rambling towards the endzone, but was hit just before the goalline and lost the ball into the endzone and it was recovered by Hampton.  Hampton quickly struck on a long run from scrimmage and stretched the Hampton lead to 28-14.  The Titans seemingly buried, down by 14 points with 6 minutes to go rallied back.  The determined Titans took the kick off and proceeded to march down the field mainly by passing, with Justin DeSabato catching a key 4th down catch to keep the drive going.  This seemed to rally the team and within minutes Shaler was in the endzone.  It was now time for the Shaler D to come up big, and big it did, creating a turnover on 3rd down with an interception and giving the Titan offense the ball at mid field.  Methodically through the air and ground attack the Titans moved down the field scoring with a minute and half left.  With a huge gutsy call, Coach Ryan went for two and went behind his horses on the left side of the line and gave the ball to Joey Kremer who bulldozed in for the two point conversion and the lead 29-28.  The defense again held and created an interception and the Titan could go into the victory formation at Lou Martig Field for the first time since 2011.

The Titan Student Section rally for the team:

This young Titan team is now 2-1 and with a winning record for the first time since JP Holtz roamed Titan Stadium.  JP also had a good week as he was named to the practice squad for the Washington Redskins, and is now able to continue his pursuit of a professional career, after a stellar career at Shaler Area and the University of Pittsburgh.