READING, Pa. — The winless Reading Express had allowed more points than any other team in the Indoor Football League. The team had also lost leading receiver Dominque Jones heading into last night’s game against the Cedar Rapids Titans.
But the Titans were unable to take advantage. Despite five touchdowns from Andre Crenshaw, the Titans were defeated, 51-47, by the Express and extended their losing streak to five games.
Three turnovers, including one at the Express 1-yard run in the first quarter, prevented the Titans from earning their first win since March 23.
"The desire was theirs tonight," said Titans Coach Kyle Moore-Brown. "They wanted it more."
The Titans (2-6) nearly pulled off a huge comeback in the fourth quarter but fell just short despite their biggest offensive output of the season.
Trailing 51-33 early in the fourth quarter, the Titans got a 29-yard touchdown pass from Kenneth Black Jr. to Christopher Headd with 6:12 left, then a 21-yard TD run by Black with 1:09 remaining to trim Reading’s lead to 51-47.
The Titans, who earlier had executed an onside kick, failed this time when Scott Enos’ kick found the first row of seats in the Sovereign Center instead of getting the bounce off the boards he was looking for.
"When you’re playing behind like that you play desperate," Moore-Brown said. "You put a lot of pressure on yourself."
The Titans trailed the Express (1-7) nearly the entire game after taking a 1-0 lead when Reading was unable to return Enos’ opening kickoff out of the end zone, resulting in a rouge.
Crenshaw rushed 20 times for 74 yards, caught four passes for 34 yards and ran for a two-point conversion.
"He’s a very good football player," Moore-Brown said. "That’s what we expect of him week in and week out. One individual can have a great game but you need the other seven of them to play well."Black completed 11 of 27 for 162 yards and two touchdowns.