A weight has been finally lifted off their shoulders.
And the Thayer Central football team lifted that weight behind strong play in the trenches, as well as a new formed connection between sophomore quarterback Logan Wiedel and senior receiver Zach Koss.
A previously winless Thayer Central squad went to Weeping Water on Friday and took down the previously undefeated Indians 34-22.
“It was a big relief to get that first win. We expected to have a little more success early in the season than we have, but in trying to replace some of our seniors from last year and dealing with injuries we have struggled,” Thayer Central head coach Jereme Jones said. “I think it is huge for our confidence, especially since we beat a team who came into the game undefeated.”
Weeping Water got on the scoreboard first, but the Titans quickly took control midway through the second quarter. Jackson Feulner ran 37-yards for a score in the first quarter to get Thayer Central first points. Wiedel then hooked up with Koss for a pair of scores through the air. The first on a 27-yard pass in the first quarter and the second on 51-yard toss in the early stages of the second quarter.
The three scores gave the Titans an 18-6 lead. Wiedel found Koss again on a 38-yard strike at the end of the second quarter to take a 24-14 lead into the half.
Friday’s contest marked the first time in Wiedel’s career he had been the Titans only quarterback in a game. Previously, Feulner was receiving a majority of snaps under center. The sophomore ended the game 4-of-7 for 130 yards and three touchdowns.
Koss had his second-best receiving game of his career in terms of yardage, tallying three receptions for 114 yards and three TDs, which tied his career high.
Feulner, who lined at running back for the first time all season, ran for 89 yards and a score.
Both defenses imposed their will in the final 24 minutes of play. Isaiah Keilwitz scored the only touchdown of the second half for Titans on a 2-yard run in the third quarter. Shevin Solomon also recorded a safety for the Titans in the third quarter.
Weeping Water scored their final touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Jones came away from the game most pleased with his line play on both sides of the ball. He also mentioned a change in defense due to necessity actually came to play in their favor.
“The biggest key was our ability to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Our two defensive tackles, Logan Luehring and Carter Miller, combined for 22 tackles and a sack and held Weeping Water to just over 3 yards a carry. We recently moved to a 4-2 defense due to necessity, two of our three linebackers are injured, and I think it has really improved our physicality,” he said.
Thayer Central will head to Southern on Friday.