Tartan receiver Dorian Singer (6) caught a pass for a touchdown from quarterback Brandon Lockhart in the first quarter against Simley. Photo: Matt Blewett, Special to Star Tribune, email@example.com
A brief blast of snow moments before kickoff turned the green turf football field white at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights.
Visiting Tartan paid the conditions no mind. A long touchdown pass just two plays into the game, completed in a raw crosswind that wouldn’t relent, gave the Titans a lead they would not relinquish.
Their 25-7 victory against previously unbeaten Simley on Friday kept Tartan undefeated and righted some wrongs from a year ago, when the Titans arrived at Simley undefeated and left uncertain after a shutout loss.
“We had something to prove from last year when we came here and let them beat us,” said junior receiver Dorian Singer, who added that Tartan, ranked No. 6 in Class 5A, improved to 7-0 for the first time in 29 years.
Singer’s 64-yard touchdown reception from junior quarterback Brandon Lockhart was a high-percentage play as far as Tartan coach Matt Diediker was concerned. Doubt never crept into Singer’s mind, either.
“We knew even if we passed the ball, we’d get the ball off and catch it no matter what,” Singer said.
Tartan went on the road to face a fellow unbeaten at Simley.
The visiting Titans scored early and took a commanding lead en route to a 25-7 victory.
Quarterback Brandon Lockhart threw two touchdown passes, the Titans (7-0) defense intercepted two passes and Garrett Kierzek booted two field goals.
Crist Pugh of Simley (6-1) recorded his second interception of the game in the third quarter. This one gave the Spartans a first down at Tartan’s 15-yard line. The offense didn’t waste its chance. Quarterback Shane Prifrel found Nolan Wanzek for a 15-yard touchdown and cut the deficit to 19-7 with 4:09 to play in the quarter.
Check back later for more on the game.