By Don Dopf.        File Pictures by: Angie Bumgarner

The Horseshoe Bend Mustangs did what no other team has done this season. They held the Tri-Valley Titans to under 50 points! Now before you draw the conclusion that the Mustangs were anything more than a mere speed-bump on the road to a perfect season for the Titans, consider the fact that Tri-Valley scored 42  points in two and a half quarters Friday night on the road and the scoreless Mustangs put up the white surrender flag with 5:11 left in the third quarter.
The first-string Titan defense has yet to allow a single score in five outings while a potent, balanced offense has put up 296 points. That’s practically 60 points per game. Junior Varsity players are having a field day with this arrangement because they’re getting loads of playing time and valuable experience when the starters usually retire in the third quarter. The JVs are doing a good job as well, holding their opponents to only 34 points. In three of those four games they’ve allowed only six points.
Friday night’s win at Horseshoe bend moved the Titans to 5-0 and marks the end of non-conference play for Tri-Valley. All five wins have been against District III, A-1, Division 1 teams. The  next four and final regular-season games will be league games and pit the Titans against some serious opponents, two on the road, and two at home. Garden Valley and Salmon River are both currently 1-0 in conference while the Titans are 0-0.
The Tri-Valley boys netted 358 total yards of offense against Horseshoe Bend—290 yards rushing and 68 yards passing. Teddy Ertel sprinted his way to an outstanding game-high, season-high, 237 yards, three touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Collin Kindall rushed for another 61 yards and two touchdowns. Kindall likely leaves his defenders lamenting over who’s going to try and tackle the behemoth running back. Collin’s 56-yard average on kickoffs also helped to pin the Stangs deep in their own territory and they struggled with field position.
Quarterback Jayden Mink completed five of eight pass attempts to top receivers Orion Southwick for 46 yards and Parker Cornwell with 20 more. Jayden rushed for one more touchdown and connected on a pass to Parker for one extra-points conversion.
That stifling Titan defense Friday night was staged by a passel of Titans, led by Collin Kindall with eight tackles, Logan Reyna with six, including a sack, and the seemingly tireless Teddy Ertel with six tackles, two interceptions, and two tips. Teddy ran one of the picks back 28 yards.  Orion Southwick garnered four tackles, two for a loss, while Mike Carpenter added three tackles, a forced fumble and a recovery.Of the win, Coach Johnson said,  "We got off to a slow start because of some costly penalties, but we settled down in the second quarter and the momentum shifted to our favor.  Once again our defense played tough which gave us ample scoring opportunities."
This Friday night the Titans will take a forfeit from the winless Council Lumberjacks. The Jacks have had more than their share of problems this year and will not field a varsity team for the remainder of this season. Council’s Junior Varsity however will host the Titan JV’s at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to come out and give them your support.