Titans to rely on leadership on football field

A year ago, the Tartan Titans came close to gaining a Classic Suburban Conference (CSC) championship. Tartan ended the season in third place at 6-2, behind the 7-0 Mahtomedi Zephyrs and the 7-1 South St. Paul Packers.

Mahtomedi is again tabbed as a favorite to repeat. But they will have to contend with the likes of Tartan once again.

“We have great senior leadership to bolster us this season,” said Tim Hickey who is headed into his ninth season at the helm of the Titan football fortunes.

“Our work ethic overall is excellent,” Hickey continued. “Both our offensive and defensive lines are working very hard and should be very good.”

All of the above bodes well for the Titans. But Hickey pointed to the fact that several key players will be going “both ways.”

“Because of that, injuries will be a big concern,” said Hickey, who, with a career mark as head coach of 45-31, is just three victories shy of a Tartan school record.

Assisting Hickey in the task of readying the Titans will be Mark Woodcock, Tim Murtha, Darin Glazier, Aaron Mullen and Randy Taylor.

Senior co-captains, 220-pound Matt Haas and 275-pound Pete Meuwissen, will alead the contingent of Tartan gridders.

Both Meuwissen and Haas will see double duties as defensive and offensive linemen.

A strong contingent of seniors will back them up. David English, offensive and defensive line; Bryan Villar, wide receiver and defensive back; Brian Dorn, tight end and linebacker; Sean Lewis, wide receiver and defensive back; and Ryan McCarthy, running back and line backer, were all cited by Hickey as an integral part of the Tartan 2005 football success.

The Titans open the season at home when they host CSC foe Sibley at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2.

The Tartan football schedule:

(Games are 7 p.m., scheduled starts)

Sept. 2, Sibley at Tartan; Sept. 9, at St. Thomas; Sept. 16, Richfield at Tartan; Sept. 23, at South St. Paul; Sept. 30, Mahtomedi at Tartan (Homecoming); Oct. 7, at Mahtomedi; Oct. 14, at Hill-Murray; Oct. 19, North at Tartan.

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