PHILIPSBURG — On Saturday afternoon the Drummond-Philipsburg Titans regrouped after a sloppy start and ran past the Fairview Warriors to win their 8-Man football state quarterfinal game in convincing fashion, 48-6.
On the first drive of the game, the Titans had no issues moving the ball but committed a turnover on a dropped option handoff from quarterback Kade Cutler to Preston Metesh.
However, the Titans' defense held strong, and the offense eventually settled in.
On the next drive, Metesh got another chance and didn't fumble this time. The senior wideout took the end around handoff 54 yards to the house to open the scoring.
From there, the Titans cruised to the confident 48-6 victory.
"When you worked out hard and you prepare like that, you’re going to have that kind of confidence," said Titans head coach Mike Cutler. "I’ve always told these kids, 'If you are nervous you’re not prepared.' So we spend a lot of time on that, but Fairview is a good team. I said earlier that you have to beat the tradition out of a team like that because they’ve been so successful, and I think we were able to do that."
Most of the Titans' scoring was done in the first half.
Quarterback Kade Cutler added two more rushing touchdowns in the first half to give the Titans the 40-0 lead heading into the locker room.
In the second half, the defense simply did its part, allowing only six points while the offense ran down the clock.
"It was great," said Kade Cutler. "We played really physical on defense, stopped the run really well in the first half, and then they had to go to pass and we have a really good pass coverage and we played really well."
With the win, the Titans (10-0) will take on the Fort Benton Longhorns (8-0) in Fort Benton next Saturday in the semifinal round.