After suffering a tough loss last Friday against Holston, Twin Springs bounced back nicely with a 48-12 demolishing of North Greene.
“We wanted to keep our foot on the gas.” Said Titan head coach Keith Warner. “These kids play hard, they fight for four quarters every Friday night.”
The Titans defense has been stout for the first three weeks of the season. They gave up 43 points to Holston, however, 31 of those came in the second half. They’re giving up only 13 points per game in their victories this season and have outscored their opponents 46-25 during the first half of their three games this season. Senior defensive back Christian Hinkle has been Mr. Johnny on the spot for the defensive backfield thus far, snagging four interceptions through three games.
“I credit a lot of it to our senior leadership,” noted Hinkle. “With only one win last year and giving up so many points each and every game, we wanted to change that and set a different tone each night when we take the field.” We have a great defensive front, our linebackers are fast and that helps us out in coverage.”
The Titans offense was also clicking on all cylinders in the victory. Senior Corbin Kilgore ran wild on the Husky defense, carrying the ball 25 times while churning out 212 yards and scoring 4 touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Mason Elliott went 4-7 through the air. Throwing for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns. Conner Gilmer reeled in two passes for 51 yards and a touchdown while Jordan Gillenwater was also on the receiving end of one of Elliotts touchdown strikes. Preston Larkins added a touchdown run of 32 yards while adding a 23 yard reception.
The Titans (2-1) are set to host Cumberland District favorite J.I. Burton (1-2) this Friday in Valley Creek, a matchup the head coach and players are looking forward to.
“It’s been a long time since Twin Springs had a team start out this well. We’re excited for the challenge, this is one of the best teams in Southwest Virginia coming to Nickelsville. It’s going to be a great environment for our kids and this is what they’ve worked for so hard since last winter.” Added Warner.
“I’m excited, we’re all excited. This is what we play for.” Said Hinkle. “They’re the defending district champs so we know to reach our goal it goes through them. We have some great coaches that will have us ready. We’re going to play our game and we’ll be ready.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday at Twin Springs High School.