CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The season hasn't been so memorable for Ravenswood, but one player will definitely leave his mark on the Red Devils program when he leaves the field following Friday's final game against Ripley.
Senior linebacker Brad Titus could own just about every significant tackle record at Ravenswood - which is saying a lot, because the list of all-state defensive players at the Jackson County school is a long and distinguished one, including names like Joe Jelich (who played at WVU in the 1970s) and former Marshall standout (and current Cabell Midland coach) Luke Salmons.
Titus needs 11 tackles against the Vikings to break the one record he doesn't already hold - that of 148 tackles in a season, currently held by Jonas Jelich three years ago, that coming in 12 games.
In last week's loss to St. Marys, Titus turned in a remarkable 23-tackle effort, matching the number of stops made by Joe Jelich against Stonewall Jackson in 1974. Also in that game, Titus sent his career total to 357 tackles, bettering the former record of 343 established by Jake Young.
"What a great kid,'' said Mick Price, Ravenswood's first-year football coach. "This is one of those kids that coaches love to coach because he can go from sideline to sideline, and he does. I couldn't be more tickled for a kid to break that [career] record.''
Ravenswood, using a bushel of young players, takes a 2-7 mark into Friday's rivalry game with Ripley, dubbed "The Hatchet'' game in local lore. It's certainly a long way from the 13-1 team that played for the Class AA state championship just two years ago, but Price and his coaching staff have had only six or seven seniors to use - about half the total of the two previous seasons.
Price said Titus still plays with the same zeal that allowed him to lead the Red Devils with 12 tackles in that title game loss to Magnolia in 2010 at Wheeling Island Stadium.
"He played for a state runner-up two years ago,'' Price said, "and last year for an 8-2 team that lost in the first round. This year, even at 2-7, he's never changed. He just keeps playing.