HAYSVILLE — It will go down as a game no one associated with South will say was perfect.
But at this point in the season it wasn't perfection the Titans were looking for. By holding off Campus 30-14, the Titans found their way into the Class 6A postseason, with one more test remaining to win a District 7 title.
We're just determined to get to the playoffs," South running back Omar Martin said. "We're going to win state, too."
While Martin might sound too optimistic to some, South (4-4) proved they know how to take care of opportunities. The Titans forced Campus (1-7) into three turnovers — two fumbles and an interception.
The Colts were completely stumped on offense until senior quarterback Semaj Brehon broke loose for a 68-yard touchdown run with 8:27 left in the first half.
"We gave up a long touchdown to a good quarterback. That's what (Campus') offense is built around, the big plays," South coach Cory Brack said. "We made some adjustments with the kids and they did a great job with handling that."
The Titans used big plays of their own to break open a close game, and Martin was in on many of them. The 5-foot-7 junior ran for 94 yards on four carries, which included a 40-yard scoring run, then a touchdown on a 31-yard reverse. He was also one of three Titans to complete a pass, as he hit Roque Villareal for a 37-yard gain in the second half.
Senior Fredrick Cato topped off the big plays for South by going 70 yards on a run with 5:02 left in the game.
"Our kids did a tremendous job," Brack said. "They took pride. I challenged the line and I think they really stepped up. When the o-line is doing great things you can open up your playbook a little bit and that's what we did tonight."
South will finish out the regular season Thursday at Northwest to play for the district title and a first-round playoff game at home.