PHILIPSBURG – In 8-Man football, no one has been more dominant the past two years than the Flint Creek Titans of Drummond-Philipsburg. Now at 6-0 they’re looking to win out once again and take home a state title.
The Titans lost a first-round playoff game to Cascade in 2016. Since then, they’ve rattled off 18 consecutive wins along with a state title to top off the 2017 season.
“A lot of successes happen in the offseason,” said coach Mike Cutler. “These kids put in a tremendous amount of work in the weight room. We go to a couple of football camps in the summer, and we practice a few times a week in the summer, as well. It’s the work you put in in the offseason that really makes a difference.”
While Cutler says the credit goes to the boys, the players themselves give all the credit to Cutler and the coaching staff.
“Our coaches do so much for us,” said senior running back Colby Manley. “Cutler and (assistant coach J.C. Holland) spend so much time watching film we pretty much know everything the other teams are going to throw at us because of the time that they put in.”
All that hard work is paying off. Flint Creek is averaging a ridiculous 56 points per game and has given up a total of only 44 points all season. The Titans will host Darby on Friday night with a chance to move to 7-0. While the Titans have high expectations from last year, Cutler says the mentality and preparation stay the same.
“We don’t think too much ahead. That’s a total waste of time, because typically when you start doing that it bites you in the butt,” he said. “Our focus is Darby Friday night and they have a great group of kids and good coaches, so that’s as far as we go for film study and things. That’s one of the things we preach.”