See how the Memorial Titans stack up against Goose Creek Memorial

Published 12:10 am Wednesday, October 12, 2022

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The Memorial Titans are putting their undefeated record on the line at home as the Goose Creek Memorial Ganders come to Memorial Stadium this week.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday.

The Titans are ranked No. 4 in the state 

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The Titans (6-0, 4-0 in District 8-5A Division I) are coming off a 54-34 win over La Porte, while the Patriots (1-5, 0-4) enter Friday’s game after losing 41-14 to Kingwood Park.

Memorial features the district’s top-ranked offense in the district, averaging 413 yards per game. The Titans are the only team to average more than 400 yards of offense out of the nine teams.

The Titans also have a top-3 defense, which has been particularly stout as of late against the run.

The Patriots are in the bottom three for offense and defense. 

Friday’s game is the second-to-last home game for the Titans before the playoffs start. Memorial is ranked second in the district and are a half-game behind Kingwood Park, who has not had a bye week.

Memorial Head Coach Brian Morgan said the schedule’s back stretch is about weekly improvement.

“I think we just need to work on consistency,” he said. “There are some things we do really well. We will play a really good half of football. There are a couple of games, like against Porter and this game (La Porte), where we didn’t really play well on defense. We play better in the second half after some mindset adjustments.”

Morgan said his team is playing hard and must continue doing so in order to win the district championship.

He said Goose Creek has athletes who can make plays if they are allowed to get loose. Morgan said the challenge for his team is not allowing them windows of opportunity to make those plays.

“They have some receivers, they can throw some jump balls and they can go get them,” he said. “We are going to have to handle that and not allow them to make a big play.”

Memorial quarterback Davion Wilson continues to be extremely efficient for the Titans. He is third in the district in passing with 1,269 yards on 103 attempts. He leads the district in completion percentage (70 percent) by more than 10 percent and in yards-per-attempt with 12.3.

He has thrown 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Goose Creek Memorial is likely to lean on running back Isaiah Castillo, who is second in the district in rushing yards with 564 on 78 carries. He averages 7 yards a carry and has three touchdowns on the season.