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  • Titus ready to don the blue in the BACF Classic

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  • RAVENSWOOD – Brad Titus views Friday night's Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis West Virginia-Ohio Football Classic as a great way to get in the football frame of mind before he heads off to Glenville State College this August.
    The standout linebacker can also get accustomed to wearing blue after many, many years of red and black football uniforms. The West Virginia team will be donned in blue Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta. This year's game marks the 20th annual showdown between some of the Mid-Ohio Valley's top senior football players. More than anything, Titus understands the true meaning of Friday's game.
    "It's very important because Cystic Fibrosis is a very serious illness and it's all for a good cause," said Titus. All of the proceeds from the game go to help find a cure for CF.
    Titus has followed the BACF Classic for many years. "I was really looking forward to it and happy I got picked," he said.
    The West Virginia team is led by Doddridge County's Bobby Burnside. Titus liked what he saw after the team's first workout at Cline Stansberry Stadium – home of Doddridge football – in West Union on Friday evening. "We were looking pretty good for just one day and one practice," said Titus, who was a three-year starter for Ravenswood football.
    Titus expects to man one of the inside linebacker positions on Friday night when the West Virginia squad lines up in a 4-4 defense. Titus was the Ravenswood's top tackler this past season with 125 stops and also anchored the offensive line at center for the Red Devils of head coach Mick Price. He earned Class AA First Team All-State status, First Team All-Little Kanwha Conference honors and was named the "Defensive Red Devil of the Year" by Jackson Newspapers.
    He's been quite busy preparing for Glenville and says the BACF game is an added bonus. "It's good to get in football practices and a game before I go up there," he said. "I've been doing lots and lots of running and lifting, that's for sure. Plus, I've been weed eating and splitting firewood. Using a 16-pound mull to split firewood is a great shoulder workout."
    As he embarks on a new chapter of his football life, this week is also allowing him to reflect a bit on the past.
    For starters, the West Virginia team was to stage one of its workouts in Ravenswood Tuesday evening. "I figured I was done there," he said. "It's nice to get to practice there one more time."
    Also, two of his teammates at Ravenswood – linemen Dillon Gandee and Ryan Whytsell – will suit up for the West Virginia team. "It's nice having those guys with me," he said. "It will give us a little part of Ravenswood in this game."
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