The Lanier Longhorns will go head to head against the Northview Titans in a non-conference matchup. The matchup will take place at home tonight at 7:30 p.m.
The Titans looking to rebuild their confidence after tough loss last week in the spring scrimmage against Banneker. While Lanier is hoping to improve on a 7-4 season a year ago, which saw the Longhorns advance to the GHSA State Tournament before losing to Allatoona in the first round.
The Titans are looking forward to starting the season off right after coming off a 2-8 season, but this season is more than just about wins and losses.
“What is the past is the past. We’re different. We feel different.” says senior Farid Nana-Yeboah, when asked about the start of the new season.
The Northview Titans have also added a new head coach from the University of UCLA, Coach James Thomson,
“ Learning new things from him all the time, hard-working guy” senior Kadeem Shabazz said.
The Titans were plagued by turnovers last season and were unable to protect quarterback Colton McDaniels.
“We have been working on our tempo and protecting the football mostly throughout the week and mentally preparing ourselves for the game tomorrow” defensive coach Gary McCoy said.
The players have been working all offseason to change the culture and bring a new identity to the program.
“My teammates and I are looking forward ‘securing the bag’ and play hard” Shabazz after said.
Thomson has been working hard with his players throughout practice this week by practicing hard and working on fundamentals. In the end the results may not results in wins, but they are starting lay the foundation to get back to the playoffs.
“Working harder than they do, playing harder than they do, and creating turnovers,” McCoy said. “It is a team effort, not one player outstands another, we win as a team and lose as one.”
The Titans are looking to put the past behind them and turn things around. Injuries last year played a role in the most of the Titan’s losses last year. Nana-Yeboah suffered a serious injury last year and hopes return to the field with a huge impact. He was cleared in the summer. His speed will help the team open some passing lanes for other players.
“Going out with a bang,playing like there’s no tomorrow” Nana-Yeboah said. “It has been such a long time, I miss the friday night lights.”
The Titans have lost a lot of key players over the years, recently Chike and Emeka Nwanze they were key components for the Titans offensively and defensively.
“We are not fazed and we’ll be fine [about losing players]” junior Davon Benjamin said. “The loss of these players are nothing but a bump in the road.”
The Titans will be off next week, before heading to face Winder-Barrow on Sept. 1st.