By Greg Bates, correspondent
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — Spencer Ohm wasn’t very kind to his old team.
The Cedar Rapids quarterback torched the Green Bay Blizzard for five passing touchdowns and two more on the ground as the Titans scored a 58-39 victory in Green Bay’s home opener Sunday afternoon.
It’s the Titans’ second win of the young season against the Blizzard. Cedar Rapids (2-1) scored a 35-13 victory over Green Bay (0-3) just eight days earlier.
Ohm was the Blizzard’s starting quarterback last season, and after a rough 7-for-16 passing outing and under 50 yards against the Blizzard the first time around, Ohm wanted to redeem himself. He did that. He finished Sunday 12-for-18 for 157 yards. He also added 61 yards on the ground.
“We played good in the running game last week and we wanted to come out and really get the passing game going,” Titans Coach Mark Stoute said. “We’ve been working on it and we made a changes to our receivers. .... We focus on really wanting to throw the ball.”
The 58 points is a season high for the Titans. Ohm, in just his third game with his new team, needed a little time to build chemistry with his receivers.
“We’re starting to get in a rhythm with each other,” Ohm said. “You kind of have to get to know each other on the field and how we like to run things and run routes and different things like that. We’re starting to get to know each other and the more we get to know it each other the scarier it’s going to get.”
Willie Carter played his first game for the Titans and finished with three catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns. After just a couple days of practice with the team, Carter — who came from the Jacksonville Sharks in the AFL — was thrown right into the mix.
“(Carl) Sims, Jefferson (Hayes), Spencer, those guys were coaching me while playing the game,” Carter said. “I was glad I could help make some plays.”
Stoute likes the ability of his new, big target. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Carter showed he isn’t afraid to battle defensive backs.
“The sky is the limit for him,” Stoute said. “He hasn’t figured out how good he could be. He could be a very, very good receiver. I suspect he will not last long in this league.”
The Titans scored points on nine of their 13 drives and outgained the Blizzard, 300-133.
The Titans mixed the run and pass to perfection. LaRon Council ran for 92 yards on 21 carries and added a touchdown.
Cedar Rapids jumped out to a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter as Ohm hit Sims (32 yards), Hayes (4 yards) and Carter (8 yards) for touchdown passes. Green Bay, playing with its backup quarterback Nate Wara after Taylor Perkins was ineffective, scored right before halftime and it was 29-14 at the break. Cedar Rapids took its biggest lead, 42-17, after Ohm connected with Carter for a 30-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter and seemed in full control.
Green Bay made a push in the fourth quarter to get within 12, 45-33, but Ohm’s second rushing touchdown of the game, this time from 1 yard out, gave the Titans an insurmountable, 52-33, advantage.
Earning an early road victory could go a long way for the Titans as their schedule starts to get tougher.“It’s a big boost,” Stoute said. “We go home now for two in a row — we’ve got Tri-Cities coming next weekend and Bemidji the week after. Bemidji scored 92 points last night on Wyoming. We’ve got two tough opponents in for us. But it’s always good to get that road win.”