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The Holy Spirit Titans kicked off the 2013 season on a high note, shutting out the Waterloo Cougars 13-0 in their home opener Friday night.
Titans quarterback Chase Lake threw a 92-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Blake Meyer early in the fourth quarter that proved to put the game out of reach for the visiting Cougars.
“I was looking for Blake (Meyer) to run that corner route,” Lake said, “he did it just like I wanted to … I was so happy celebrating running down the field. It just felt great to finally be successful in a game.”
Lake completed four of nine passes for 108 yards, along with nine carries for 39 yards to lead the Titans through the air and on the ground. The Titans ran for 68 yards on 24 carries for the game.
The Titans jumped right out of the gate, scoring the game’s opening touchdown on a 14-play, 63-yard drive that concluded with a three-yard run by senior William Winters on their first series of the game.
After Waterloo blocked a field goal on the Titans next drive to hold the score at 7-0, Holy Spirit struggled for much of the game to move the ball into scoring position. Waterloo held the best scoring chances, moving the ball inside the Titans’ 10-yard line three times in the fourth quarter behind running back Bobby Fox, who ran for a game-high 107 yards on 24 carries, but were unable to capitalize on any of the opportunities.
Winters, playing as a defense lineman, came up with big stops on each red zone opportunity by the Cougars as the anchor of the Titans defense.
“We came down on the goal line, and coach kept telling us fourth quarter,” Winters said. “Defense as a team, we just had to come together here and make some stops. I’m proud of my team. To get a shutout, it’s amazing. First home game, home opener, I just count it a blessing.”
Holy Spirit coach Greg Kosloff said he thinks that this first win can help the Titans moving forward this season.
“Winning breeds enthusiasm,” he said. “We’ve struggled over the past few years, and to get a win on opening night [we said] would carry over [to the next game]. We’ve worked hard, we’ve struggled. … This is a wonderful, wonderful night, and a great celebration.”
Holy Spirit will remain at home next week for their first region game of the season against Ellwood Christian.