HIAWATHA — The season is winding down for the Cedar Rapids Titans.
There will be no playoffs in the team’s first season so, at 3-9, it is playing out the final two games of the Indoor Football League season for pride.
One thing the Titans can do in Friday night’s game at Bloomington is come away with their first road win of the season. But that won’t be easy.
The Edge, coming off a 39-38 loss to Wichita, are sitting at 9-4 and have clinched a playoff berth in the United Conference. They made the Cedar Rapids offensive line look bad in a 29-13 win May 18 in Cedar Rapids.
“If we play better in the offensive line, I think we have a chance against Bloomington,” said Titans Coach Kyle Moore-Brown. “Hopefully, we’ll be better up front this time around.”
The Titans are coming off a 51-33 loss last Friday at Omaha. In that game, Moore-Brown said at least seven players left the game with injuries, including a couple in the offensive line.
“We got a little beat up in that game,” Moore-Brown said. “We had (defensive lineman) Xzavie Jackson playing in the offensive line. It was tough, but this is pro football and there are no excuses.”
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Moore-Brown, ever the optimist, said he and his players aren’t about to give up on the season. He said the players have continued to work hard and maintain a positive attitude. The Titans’ coach said he still is focused on this season.
“I want to finish with five wins,” he said. “That may not sound like much to the fans, but this is a first-year franchise and you have to take the good with the bad. I think we have built a good base this year and good performances in these last two games would go a long way for us looking ahead to next season.”
It could be a patchwork team hitting the field tonight for the Titans. Several players are questionable and the actual game roster may not be set until right before game time.
“I think we are going to have some players back, but we may have to make some moves to fill some holes,” he said. “I have to try and find a way to put the best possible team on the field.”
Following Friday’s game, the Titans will return home next Saturday night to close the regular season against Nebraska.“We would love to come home to play the last game with a road win,” Moore-Brown said. “It won’t be easy, but will give it all we have.”