Titans put a bow on 2023 season Sunday night
DRUMMOND – The Flint Creek Titan players, coaches, and family members gathered at the Drummond Community Hall Sunday night to officially bring an end to the 2023 season.
After pulled pork barbecue dinner, those in attendance saw the premier of the annual season highlight reel provided by the Flint Creek Courier.
Following that Head Coach Jason Ostler talked about the year. It was a season that saw the young Titans start slowly and build to a raucous finish and a first-round playoff berth. Flint Creek had to win its final four regular season games to earn a spot in the playoffs, which included a 78-56 slugfest over Simms.
After awarding letters and pins to members of the squad, Ostler and his staff recognized a team record 23 All-State Academic players.
When the program moved to honor those on the All-Conference and All-State teams, the list was headed by senior Trey Phillips. Phillips made the All-State squad and was second on the Titans in tackles with 61 (36 solo, 25 assisted), led in tackles for loss (8) and quarterback sacks (4). On offense he had 28 receptions for 464 yards and three touchdowns and acted as the Titans’ primary punter.
For his career Phillips finished sixth on the all-time Flint Creek list in receiving with 512 yards.
Phillips was tabbed with two of the seven spots that the Titans earned on the All-South Central Conference Team.
Phillips was tabbed as a First Team selection at Tight End and Defensive End. On offense he was joined by Logan Hauptman (Jr., 1st Team, Running Back), and Riley Wiant (Sr., 2nd team, Center). Other members selected on defense were Austin Knoeller (So., 1st Team, Inside Linebacker), Eric Pitcher (2nd Team, Outside Linebacker), and Tavho Lattin (Jr. 2nd team, Interior Defensive Lineman).
Team awards included Phillips as Top Offense Player, Knoeller as the Top Defensive Player, Tallon Stacy as Most Improved, and Collin O’Kelly received the Titan Award as the team’s hardest worker. Flint Creek honored Simms' Hudson Rohr as their Most Honored Opponent for playing through injury when facing the Titans.
Flint Creek’s Most Valuable Player was junior Logan Hauptman, who had a hand in just about everything. He was the Titans’ top rusher (210 carries, 1344 yards, 24 TD), was second in tackles to Knoeller (71) and was 8-for-13 passing for 128 yards 128 yards and 2 scores.
The Titans lose Phillips and Wiant to graduation and will return 22 players for the 2024 campaign.