CEDAR RAPIDS, IA:
The Cedar Rap
ids Titans (2-0) jumped out to an early lead Sunday against the Chicago Slaughter (0-2) and were able to hold on despite a late rally by Chicago winning 58-52.
The Titans have now won back-to-back games for the second time in team history and secured the team's first ever road victory.
After defeating the Chicago Slaughter at home last week,41-31, during the IFL's Kickoff Classic Weekend the Titans headed to Chicago this week in a rematch. After a scoreless first quarter the Titans got on the board first with a Radamez Rubio field goal. The Titans then added two Charles McCullum touchdown passes to Carl Sims and Damon McDaniel respectively to help the Titans build a healthy 17-7 lead going into halftime.
The Titans opened up the second half with a bang as QB Charles McCullum broke a 30 yard run for a touchdown to help give the Titans a 24-7 lead early in the third quarter. The Titans were then able to add an 18-yard touchdown from QB Colton Hansen to WR Bryan Pray to extend the Titan lead to 24 points. The Slaughter and the Titans then each exchanged two scores to end the third quarter 44-21. The teams combined for 41 points in the quarter.
The Slaughter scored quickly and often in the fourth quarter. K Chris Nendick added a 33-yard FG and then LB Lenny Radtke returned a missed Titans FG 35 yards to give the Slaughter a quick 10 point swing. The Titans responded with another Colton Hansen to Bryan Pray touchdown pass, their third TD connection of the night.
The Slaughter rallied late in the fourth quarter as QB Juice Williams dove into the endzone on a two yard run. The Slaughter then scored again on a 25 yard pass from QB Cody Kirby to WR Delric Ellington to pull the Slaughter within six points with less than a minute remaining. That would be as close as Chicago got however as Titans QB Colton Hansen connected with 2012 First Team All-IFL WR Carl Sims for a 24 yard touchdown. The Titans were able to hold on for a 58-52 victory.
After getting gouged for a franchise worst 191 rushing yards last week vs Chicago the Titans were able to clamp down on the Slaughter running game giving up only 53 Sunday afternoon.
Titans QB Colton Hansen finished the game completing five of nine passes for 105 yards and five touchdowns. Charles McCullum added an additional 113 passing yards and two touchdowns, as well as an additional rushing touchdown. Combined the Titans Quarterbacks threw for seven touchdowns, a Titans team record. WR Carl Sims led all Titans Wide Receivers with five catches for 86 yards and three touchdowns. WR Bryan Pray also caught three touchdowns.
Chicago QB Cody Kirby finished the afternoon completing 15 of 24 passes for 171 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. WR Delric Ellington led the Slaughter with seven catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns
The Titans return home to Mediacom Field at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena Friday March 1st to face the Texas Revolution. Kickoff is at 7:05pm. Friday night's game is sponsored by i107-1 and is Student Night. All college, high school, and middle school students will receive $2 off the purchase of a bleacher seat by showing a valid student id.