CEDAR RAPIDS – Texas opened its season Friday night in Cedar Rapids. The Indoor Football League probably should have informed the Revolution.
The Cedar Rapids Titans marched up and down the turf inside the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena without much resistance in a 60-21 win.
They improved to 3-0 on the season and picked up their first win under quarterback Colton Hansen. Starter Charles McCullum sat out with an injured arm. Hansen practice Wednesday and got the official nod Thursday.
“He didn’t practice and I was like, ‘Maybe there’s a shot,” Hansen said.
The signal caller made the most of it after a few speed bumps to start. He completed one of his first five attempts. On his 10th attempt, which began the second quarter, he threw his second interception.
After that, Hansen played like a different quarterback. He finished the final three quarters 9 of 13 for 116 yards with five touchdowns.
“It took me a minute to figure out what they were running and how they were running it” Hansen said.
During one stretch of the game, which spanned the second and third quarters, Hansen completed six straight passes, including four touchdowns.
He locked onto Carl Sims who caught all four scores during the span. Overall, Sims hauled in six catches for 56 yards.
“It’s been like that all along. Whether we have Hansen in there or whether we have McCullum in there, the guys are just clicking now,” Titans head coach Mark Stoute said. “The sky’s the limit with this team.”
While the Hansen/Sims duo assaulted the Revolution through the air, the Titans took care of business on the ground too. Laron Council rushed for 77 yards and three touchdowns. Both are season highs for the running back. Council entered Friday looking with 55 yards rushing and his first score.
The three-headed monster combined to lead the Titans to seven straight possessions that found the endzone. The Ice Area had no use for in-game music as Britney Spears’ “Scream and Shout” echoed through the arena throughout the night after every score.
“I don’t try to pay attention to any of the music that plays after touchdowns or anything like that,” Hansen said. “Just gotta block that out.”
The Titans finished with 317 total yards of offense, 86 yards more than its average in their first two games against Chicago.
As good as the offense played, the defense suffocated the Texas offense. The Revolution went into half time with 16 total yards of offense. Quarterback Marcus Jackson threw as many interceptions – two—as his team had first downs. Texas (0-1) didn’t find the endzone until Cedar Rapids led 36-0.
But like any head coach, sees room for improvement.
“Still, maybe that first quarter we didn’t get off the mark like I wanted to offensively,” Stoute said. “I keep telling them all week the challenges of playing all 60 minutes.”