Tampa, FL – In cased you missed it, The Clash of the Titans ended up being one-sided manhandling. Gaither defeated Tampa Bay Tech 34-14 on Thursday Night football. The expectations for this game were so high. Both teams laced with division one prospects and a talented coaching staff. But, the game didn’t live up to the hype for those of us wanting a slugfest and the drama. Here’s what we saw:
- Junior 6-4/325 DT Tawfiq Thomas was the best player on the field. He disrupted so much of Tech’s offensive game, the Titans could never get into a comfort zone offensively. He took on double and triple teams versus the run and was consistently in the backfield versus the pass.
- Tech senior QB David Wright was pressured all night. Mixed in with the unfavorable field conditions/soft turf, he could not set his feet in the pocket and go through his progressions. Please, don’t count him out. The season is still young.
- Gaither QB Kiael Kelly performed as expected. Played within himself mostly efficient. Threw some beautiful balls at every level. Started off the game with two touchdown passes and one rushing TD in the first half. We were impressed with his poise and composure all game.
- When it’s all said and done, football fans will look back at Jordan Oladokun’s high school career and respect how good it has been and expected to conclude. Since he put on a Gaither uniform he has been dynamic at any position he is asked to play. Last night was much of the same. He played corner, safety and was also the Cowboy’s most impressive receiver.
- The Titan’s speed on offense was neutralized by the strength and speed on Gaither’s defensive line. The good thing for Tech, this unfortunate result happened early. The film sessions will be beneficial. Lots of learning from this tape. Tech will be just fine.