The South defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown in the Titans’ victories over North (61-0) and West (29-3) to begin the season.
Garden City (2-0) ranked No. 5 in Class 6A with an offense averaging 46 points, will be the stiffest challenge yet when the Buffaloes play at South on Friday night.
“It’s a game to see where we’re at as a program,” South coach Kevin Steiner said. “Garden City may have a little more tradition and history than us, but we want to see if we can get to where they are. We want to make sure we leave a mark on our program, so this is important.”
After finishing with 16 sacks last season, most people know who defensive lineman Tyrekus Birch is.
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But according to Steiner, the entire defensive line has been crucial to South’s early-season success. Offensive lines have been preoccupied with containing Birch, which has allowed Jeremiah Napier, Rayquan Cunningham, Kasdon Arehart, and Payton Collins to excel. Seniors Chris Bell and Malcolm Tate have also been played well for the Titans.
“For us, I think Friday night is going to come down to the small things,” Steiner said. “Physically, I feel like we’ll always have a chance against whoever we’re playing. But are we focused on the details? Are we being disciplined? Are we bringing the energy? Those will be our keys every single week.”