By Mike Moore
Jackson — The defense had its most-complete effort of the season.
Bo Bell handled the rest on the offensive side of things, and in a game the Lumen Christi football team absolutely had to have, well, the Titans did.
Bell scored four touchdowns Friday night and the Titans defensive group pitched its first shutout since the opening week of the 2014 season as the guys in green and gold rolled past Northwest 33-0 on the road.
“Most complete game we’ve played all year long,” coach Herb Brogan said after. “We played more physical, and for the first time all year, we showed pressure on the passer.”
Northwest had one of its best drives on the night on the opening possession of the game, but eventually stalled out and turned the ball over on downs.
Four plays later, Bell had covered 47 yards and scored on a 3-yard run.
On the Titans next drive, Bell carried the ball eight times for 65 yards, capping the sequence with a 14-yard score and 14-0 lead after the first.
The Titans best drive of the opening half came near the end, when they marched 90 yards on 13 plays and took 5:11 off the clock.
Bell again capped things off, scoring on an 11-yard run for a 21-0 lead at the break.
Bell made it 27-0 on a 14-yard run early in the third, and Adam Kalahar put the finishing touches on the win with a 1-yard run with 4:12 to play in regulation.
Bell was the story on offense, finishing the game with four touchdowns in a game Brogan said “we ran the ball 90 percent of the time.”
The Titans finished with 283 yards on the ground.
“He’s a great back,” the Lumen coach added. “He’s very strong for his size with lightening for his feet. He had a great ball game.”
The Titans entered Friday 1-2 on the season, but had never lost to Northwest in 27 tries.
“We’ve been preaching all year and all week how we have to get better,” Brogan added. This was a game we needed to win. We have three tough ones coming up, so this was critical.”
Now 2-2, the Titans take on Marshall (2-2), Coldwater (3-1) and Western (1-3) in the heart of the conference schedule.
“We have to be physical,” Brogan said of the next three weeks. “We have to throw the ball better, there’s no doubt about that. And we have to play great defense.”
Northwest falls to 0-4 with the loss.
Mike Moore is a play-by-play commentator and Sports Writer for JTV Sports. You can reach him at email@example.com. He’s also the author of ‘Love, Defined; A Dedication to the Love, Sacrifice, and Magic of Motherhood.’
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