No matter what the outlook may be, the only thing that we can all do in life is to keep digging.
With just 17 players on its roster, the Notre Dame Titans’ football program could’ve easily called it a year before the 2017 football season even began.
But despite their youth, Notre Dame has kept digging. And as a result, the Titans have already collected a monumental victory that could springboard future successes on down the road.
That victory, which moved Notre Dame to 1-1 on the season, came at the expense of the Millersport Lakers, with the Titans coming from behind not once, not twice, but three different times to collect a monumental 20-18 overtime victory on the road to springboard their 2017 efforts on Friday evening.
Leading the way for Notre Dame was arguably its most experienced player in Ben Mader. Mader, who ran for 61 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries against Racine Southern, simply took matters into his own hands when the game mattered most as the junior rushed for 173 yards and another score on 22 carries — 7.8 yards a carry — on Friday evening. Mader also recovered a fumble on the evening to aid the Titans’ cause.
Not to be outdone, fellow upperclassman Chase Matiz also was critical to the outcome of the contest. Matiz, a 5-11, 160-pound senior back, collected 6.2 yards a pop while running for 69 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Matiz picked off a pass and recovered a fumble of his own to aid the Titans collect five turnovers in the contest.
But when the big play needed to be made, it was Logan Emnett — the youngest of the three Notre Dame ballcarriers — who came up the largest. Emnett, who ran for 22 yards and a touchdown on six carries, muscled his way into the endzone for the two-point conversion to set the contest’s final margin as the Titans collected a critical victory as far as its rebuilding process is concerned.
With the victory, Notre Dame, who moved to 1-1 on the year, will look to keep the favorable momentum going when the Titans play Fayetteville this Friday — the first contest in a three-game homestand. The contest is the last out-of-conference contest for the Titans before Notre Dame begins the first of five straight SOC I contests against Eastern on Sept. 15.
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