RAVENSWOOD - Red Devil senior linebacker Brad Titus used to gaze up at the records on the wall in the varsity locker room at Ravenswood and imagine what it would be like to have his name on that wall as a tribute to his dedication and hard work.
Titus' dreams have transformed to reality. Based on game film produced data from team statisticians, number 55 has broken three Red Devil Football records.
With 12 tackles in the Hatchet Game on Friday versus Ripley, Titus becomes the season leader with 150 stops in 2012. This breaks Jonas Jelich's record of 148 set in 2009. His career mark of 369 breaks Jake Young's record of 343.
Versus Saint Marys two weeks ago, he recorded 23 total tackles and tied the 1974 single game record set by Red Devil assistant coach and local pigskin legend Joe Jelich. (father of Jonas and current players Rhys and Connor)
For the season, Titus has 24 tackles for a loss, four sacks, three fumbles and has caused four fumbles with the jarring hits he is known for inflicting on his opponents.
In his career, he has 51 stops for a loss, 10 sacks, seven recovered fumbles, caused 13 fumbles and has three interceptions.
How does the three-year starter feel about being mentioned in such elite company?
"I take tremendous pride in the records. It is hard to put into words what it means to me. I couldn't have done it without my teammates and my coaches. I will always cherish every minute of my time on the field with these guys who are all my best friends," said Titus.
Red Devil coach Mick Price believes there is no one more deserving as a player and a person.
"He is just a quality young man. He is a good student, role model for younger players and I believe he can do anything he wants to do with his life.
I can't say enough good things about Brad Titus. Our program is going to miss him" Titus is unsure of his future plans regarding the game of football but is keeping his options open as he works toward graduation in the spring.
Regardless of what road Titus chooses for his future, it is obvious that he will be able to tackle anything in his path.