Titans take longer week to heal up for Generals
MEMORIAL (3-5, 2-3) AT HOUSTON WISDOM (0-8, 0-5)
9-5A-I FOOTBALL; 1 P.M. TODAY, JOE K. BUTLER STADIUM, 13755 SOUTH MAIN, HOUSTON; LSNSPORTS.COM
It’s been four weeks since the Memorial Titans had a win. The end of the season is coming, and while that means playoff implications, it also means players have had almost a whole season of playing to accumulate bruises.
“We had a lot of guys banged up, so we took Monday off trying to get fresh,” head coach Brian Morgan said. “It gave us a rest day more than anything. Everybody’s banged up right now; it’s the end of the season. But that’s good for it.”
That rest day comes thanks to their next game falling on a Saturday. The Titans travel to Butler Stadium today to play the Houston Wisdom Generals at 1 p.m.
The last time the two teams met, the Titans came home with a 68-0 shutout win. Younger players stepped up for a few of their injured senior players, racking up for themselves 286 yards of offense from 20 plays and 10 touchdowns. Quarterback Jah’mar Sanders made one of those touchdowns as a freshman running back.
This year Sanders sustained injuries that sidelined him the past two games. Senior Brian Milton took over as quarterback for the rest of the Porter game two weeks ago. A week later, Milton gave Sanders time to recover so he could finish against Kingwood Park.
This Saturday game is giving Memorial time to heal, and the Titans are not going to let the odd schedule get to them either.
“Playing on Saturday, it throws your routine off, especially playing an early game when you’re not at school,” Morgan said. “You’ve got to get the kids up here earlier and start earlier and get on the bus. Some of those things are brought into play, but those things are out of our hands. We don’t have a choice on that and we have to show up and play.”
Meanwhile, Memorial has numbers that show a wide gulf between the two teams’ capabilities. The Titans are averaging 284.6 yards of offense per game, compared to Wisdom’s 56.4. The defense has likewise allowed only 271.1 yards per game, compared to Wisdom’s 369.0.
At the end of the day, Memorial will face team that has scored only once the entire season — a field goal against Goose Creek Memorial. The Patriots still outscored them substantially, 61-3, during their Oct. 17 game. Wisdom has so far allowed District 9-5A-I opponents 40 points or more this year.
The Titans’ chances look good, though Morgan admits that he thought the Titans’ prospects the last three games looked just as well.
“I think Wisdom’s improved from last year on the whole,” he said. “They’ve got a couple decent receivers that do a good job and you can tell they’re being coached up and playing harder than they were last year. It’s on us. If we go out there and do our job, we’ll be fine.”