Last year, the Towner-Granville-Upham Titans finished their football season with a 7-2 record.
Titans head coach Scott Thorson, who is in his 19th season of coaching, called it a "building season."
"We hope that this can jump start us this coming fall," Thorson said in a recent questionnaire for the 2016 Pigskin Preview.
Thorson said the Titans lost a lot of their size on offense due to graduation.
"We will however have decent team speed/quickness," Thorson said. "We will return a lot of players with a bunch of playing experience."
Returning this year are all-region senior quarterback Kolter Schell, who went 39 of 65 passing for 855 yards and 10 touchdowns last year, and rushed for 496 yards and nine TDs. Classmates Caleb Cross and Lane Bachmeier serve as wideouts, and senior Cole Bethke and sophomore Shayden Luna support the ground game as running backs. Also on offense are junior tight end James Rosencrans, and offensive linemen Kayden Padley, Zac Bryn, Tristan McMahon and Andy Linstrom.
Aug. 19: MLS
Aug. 26: @ Dunseith, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2: @ Drake-Anamoose, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9: @ Thompson, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16: North Prairie, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23: St. John, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30: @ Maddock, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7: Surrey, 7 p.m.
Oct. 15: Playoffs, TBA
Thorson said the team's defense may be their strength.
"We held our opponents to 20 points a game," Thorson said. "This is still too many, but we should be improved there. We return most of the defensive lineup."
Thorson said that Schell will be key for both sides of the ball.
"He has progressed nicely and will be looked to for leadership," Thorson said of Schell. "He is a hard worker who wants success for both his team and himself."
The Titans first game was held Friday on their home turf against Mohall-Lansord-Sherwood. Next week the Titans travel to Dunseith in their first regional matchup (kickoff at 7 p.m.).
- Tribune Staff Report