ROCKFORD (WREX) — When Boylan quarterback Benny Jass gets a full head of steam, defenders need to beware.
"It's like watching a Mack truck running through a stop sign or something like that," Boylan senior lineman Nick Fehrle said. "I mean it's awesome. It's terrific to see. I get excited every time I see him do something like that."
Jass knows the energy boost that gives the team, so he's going to keep going for it.
"I think it really hyped up the team and gave us all the energy," Jass said. "We kept with it and stuck through it the rest of the way."
Jass has emerged as a strong dual threat quarterback for the Titans this year. He doesn't shy away from contact when he's running with the football.
"I just want to do as much as I can for my team," he explains. "If I have to take a couple of hits, I'll take a couple of hits."
Fehrle grew up with Jass, and is proud of the way his friend is stepping up this season.
"He's been terrific this year," Fehrle said. "[There were] a lot of questions people had on him coming in. He's done nothing but answer them and more."
The defense has done the same thing, holding a high-powered Hononegah offense to 7 points as the Titans made a statement.
"I think the experience," senior linebacker Daniel Contreras said of what's helping the defense play so well. "We have a lot of three year varsity guys, guys returning from last year's defense. We also have a lot of young talent that are stepping up and doing their job."
But it's also a mindset for the Titans.
"We attack," Fehrle said. "We're going to come for you and make sure we're putting pressure on you to make plays and it's not going to be easy all night. That's kind of our mentality. We're going to make plays. We're not going to have plays made against us."
That mentality will keep the Titans sharp on both sides of the ball in the 2nd half of the season. They're off this week with the Auburn game canceled due to COVID-19 issues in the Knights' program. That means Boylan will gear up for Harlem the following week.