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The Stevenson Titan Touchdown Club Newsletter May 2020

Dear TTC Families,

This has not been the start of the TTC season we were expecting! Back in February, the TTC Board was meeting to plan and organize events for our football season. We had a great year planned out and were excited to announce it to our football families.

The difficulties our families are experiencing due to Covid-19 cannot be understated. We hope and pray all our players and their families are healthy. Never forget our team’s motto of FAITH, FAMILY, and TOUGHNESS. Having FAITH will get us through these difficulties, lean on your FAMILY when times get hard, and practice TOUGHNESS when negativity and pessimism tries to creep in your mind. Be TITAN STRONG!

The Titan Touchdown Club board has been meeting, virtually, throughout this pandemic. Planning and organizing our events is difficult due to the many unknowns. We are constantly evolving how we go forward in 2020. One tough decision we made was to cancel the 26th Annual Rick Bye Golf Outing. This golf outing was scheduled for May 31st. This event is a great tradition of Stevenson Football and be assured it will continue in 2021.

In this newsletter, you'll find our planned events for the 2020 season. Covid-19 has put us in a situation where things may need to change or evolve as time passes. Keep up to date by visiting our social media pages and website. Please take the time to join the TTC Remind text messaging system, especially our incoming Freshman parents.

The MHSAA will be meeting sometime in mid-May to determine how to go forward with summer schedules and workouts. Until then, we cannot answer any questions in regards to summer workouts.

Keep all our TTC families and players in your prayers. The Titan Touchdown Club will need your prayers too. Now more than ever the TTC will rely on the love and support of its members. If you have any questions, concerns, or want to help, please contact any of our board members. You can find the TTC Board’s contact information within this newsletter.

Stay healthy, stay strong, and GO TITANS!!!

Sincerely,

The Titan Touchdown Club

UPDATE FROM THE COACHES OFFICE (5/1/2020)

I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and doing well as we find our way through these unprecedented times. I fully recognize that there are far more important matters at hand than high school football, but I felt it important to reach out to you to keep you informed of how we are trying to help your sons find some normalcy during a very un-normal time.

We have, and will continue to reach out to each of our players through Schoology AND Remind101. If your son is not receiving messages through either of those two platforms, please let me know. Both our coaches and myself have text or called in an attempt to have some individual dialogue with them and let them know we are thinking of them. Our assistant coaches will become more involved in reaching out to players as we progress through the spring and into summer. We are encouraging kids to complete the school work that is being sent out, work on some online SAT/ACT prep, fill out recruiting questionnaires/contact college coaches, and continue to train at home. We will encourage them to get into a routine. The training is important for their mental health and to help prevent injuries (especially soft tissue injuries) when they do get back to their athletic competitions. The goal is to have our kids ready to go when we finally get the all-clear as opposed to trying to get back in shape. Skipping training sessions now will put them at greater risk for injury no matter what sport they go back to.

We have "Zoom" workouts going on right now twice a week. These are led by Coach LaCombe and a great way for the kids to work out together. Please encourage your son to join us. We have also had some moms, brothers and a sister join us for these. We LOVE that! Also on our Schoology page we have listed;

1) Daily musts during COVID-19 (IE: Make your bed)

2) Weekly Workout plans

3)Titan Challenges (quick workouts to be done on the weekend where kids have to compete)

4) Monday Motivators

5) Drill Videos.

Again, want to stress if anyone needs anything or has any questions please let us know. As coaches we are concerned with the mental well-being of your sons as this is such an unusual time. If you notice anything, or think they could just use a pep talk, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Go Titans

FAITH, FAMILY, TOUGHNESS

Coach Newcomb

Test your Titan football knowledge! The answers will be further down in the newsletter.

Stevenson Titans played the first football game in what year?

A) 1967

B) 1969

C) 1971

D) 1977

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller

How many times have the Titans made it to the football state championship game?

A) 0

B) 2

C) 4

D) 7

The Sterling Heights Stevenson football team gives thanks to our heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic!

TRIVIA ANSWERS

THE TITANS PLAYED THEIR FIRST FOOTBALL GAME IN 1967!

THE TITANS WERE AN INDEPENDENT TEAM AND FINISHED THE YEAR WITH A 1-6-1 RECORD.

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." – Booker T. Washington

THE TITANS MADE THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOUR TIMES!

ALTHOUGH THE TITANS HAVE YET TO SEAL THE DEAL AND TAKE HOME THE TROPHY, THEY'VE MADE IT TO THE BIG GAME IN 1986, 1996, 2004, & 2009!

2020 Titan Touchdown Club Board Members Emails

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"There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others." – George Shinn

TTC Remind Text

One of the best ways to stay informed and up to date on the Titan Touchdown Club is to join our REMIND Text Messaging program. By joining REMIND you'll get occasional texts about important TTC events, updates, and information.

To join follow the instructions below

  • Freshman Team text @g87h4a to 81010
  • Junior Varsity text @8ah87 to 81010
  • Varsity text @ek232c to 81010

Parents with players in the class of 2024 should join the Freshman team. Parents with players in the class of 2023 should join the Junior Varsity team. Parents with players in the class of 2021 and 2022 should join the Varsity team.

As the season progresses, it is anticipated players may jump up or down team levels. When, and if that happens, feel free to join the appropriate team. To keep this messaging system free, it is important you only join the team your player is currently playing for.

"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team." – Phil Jackson

Titan Nation is hearing some great things about the up and coming Freshman! Once you step onto Runkel, you are no longer a Raider, a Hornet, or a Patriot. You are a Titan!

Welcome Class of 2024 to Titan Nation!

FAITH - FAMILY - TOUGHNESS

Titan Time!

Have you ever searched for Stevenson related football videos on YouTube? It is a great remedy for those who are football starved. One of my favorite videos was captured by an opposing team parent during a play where Stevenson handed the ball off to Jordan Ramsey.

As Jordan took the ball he was hit immediately at the line of scrimmage. Jordan turned slightly and powers his legs through a small hole. He makes it to the second level and a linebacker is in perfect defensive position. Jordan was about to get hit and taken down. The linebacker lowers his shoulder and extends his arms for the wrap up. Jordan does a half spin and turns to the side. The only one on the ground is the linebacker as he whiffed and tackled air.

Just a few more players Jordan needs to clear before he is off to the races. The Titan fans see what is unfolding and begin to scream. Jordan did not make it to the end zone on this play but did gain approximately 10 yards as he did a spin move on the safety before ultimately being taken down. The run made the Titan fans crazy with excitement.

Then you heard the opposing fan. He was possibly the one videoing or maybe just standing close enough where his words, “Gosh Man” was captured on tape. The tone of these two words spoke volumes. The tone represented the frustration, bewilderment, and concern he had for his team as they faced four long quarters against the Titans and Jordan.

Titan fans understand this frustration. We have seen players on the opposing team with exceptional talent. It leaves your head shaking and wondering how the Titans will defeat their opponent. This is what makes high school football so enjoyable.

As enjoyable as it is to watch Jordan on the field, it is more enjoyable to see the man he is becoming off the field. He has exceptional parents that are using the game of football as a tool to develop their son into a man who will make Titan Nation proud to call their own!

Jordan comes from a large blended family that extends across international lines. He lives with his mom and dad. Jordan also lives with his three brothers (Niko, Chalfonte, and Elijah) and two sisters (Ashanti & Briana). Jordan also has three sisters who reside in Canada.

Jordan began playing organized football for the Davis Raiders in 7th grade. He found his love for the game in his backyard at a much earlier age. When Jordan does not have practice or school, he loves to hang out with his friends and play games.

His favorite memory of organized football is when the Titans made the playoffs and their amazing run that just fell short of the State Championship game. He loved proving to everyone outside of Stevenson that with hard work you can accomplish anything.

Jordan admires his grandparents who reside in Canada. He describes his grandparents as hard workers who always take the time to help others. His grandparents are always smiling and will give you the shirt of their backs if you are in need.

Hard work is exactly what Jordan will need if he wants to achieve his dreams. We asked Jordan where he sees himself in 10 years. Jordan has the desire to play in the NFL, owning a home, and raising a great family of his own. He would also like to own his own business and give back to his community.

We love hearing about players who know the importance of giving back to their community. So, we asked Jordan what advice he would give to younger players. Jordan would tell the younger football players to trust in their coach because they know what is best for you and to work hard because it really pays off!

Gosh man! Our world will be simply fine in the hands of young men like Jordan!

FAITH – FAMILY – TOUGHNESS

GO TITANS!

Did you know if you shop on Amazon you could be donating to the Titan Touchdown Club at no extra cost?

Visit https://smile.amazon.com/ and designate the "Stevenson Touchdown Club, Inc" as your charity and Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to the Titan Touchdown Club.

In order to have a percentage of your purchase be donated, you must shop on Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile is basically the same thing as regular Amazon; the difference being a percentage of the sale, on most products, will be donated to your designated charity. Amazon Prime members still reap the benefits of being a Prime member.

If you need any help getting set up feel free to contact a TTC Board Member and we can assist!

You can get everyday products/groceries at Kroger and support the Titan Touchdown Club!

By linking your Kroger Card to the "Titan Touchdown Club" Kroger will donate a percentage of your purchases to the Titan Touchdown Club at no additional cost to you.

Sign up today and help create a better football experience for our team!

Another great way to help out the Stevenson Titan football program is by making a secure online donation to the Titan Touchdown Club using Cheddar Up.

You can also mail in any donation via USPS. Please make checks payable to the: Titan Touchdown Club and mail to:

Sterling Heights Stevenson High School

ATTN: TITAN TOUCHDOWN CLUB

39701 Dodge Park Rd

Sterling Heights, MI 48313

Save the Date!

The Titan Touchdown Club is excited to announce a Save the Date for our Kickoff Extravaganza!

Sunday, August 9, 2020

This is sure to be a great time! August 9th lines up to be the last day before practices begin. It is our opportunity to have fun, eat pasta, and party with our TTC families before the players have to get down to business!

If you are interested in helping to organize this event in order to make it EXTRA special please contact Bob Wathen at: bobwathen@stevensontitansfootball.com

"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart." - Elizabeth Andrew

Save the Date!

Don't miss out on our 2nd Annual Titan Tastefest scheduled for October 2, 2020. The Tastefest is a community event where we gather for some great food from local vendors. This great event is followed up with some high intensity MAC Red football between the Chippewa Valley Big Reds versus our Stevenson Titans!

We are currently in need of volunteers to help organize this event. If you'd like to join the Titan Tastefest committee please contact Bob Wathen at bobwathen@stevensontitansfootball.com.

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." – Michael Jordan

The 2nd Annual Euchre Night!

Get ready for some tricks and fun as the Titan Touchdown Club hosts its 2nd Annual TTC Euchre Night on November 7th!

It's a great night of fun and you'll be sorry if you miss it!

If you'd like to help organize this event please contact Steve Kraemer at 4kraemers@sbcglobal.net or 248-802-9840

"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." – Henry Ford

Although this is not a Titan Touchdown Club event, it is one we love to support.

Support our Sports by registering for the SOS 5K Virtual Run/Walk by clicking the button below:

Varsity Football Game Schedule

@ Rockford Rams

August 28, 2020

7:00 PM - Carlson-Munger Stadium

4100 Kroehs St NE, Rockford, MI

The Stevenson Titan Varsity football team travels to the west side of the state to take on the Rockford Rams. This is the second meeting between these two powerhouse programs. Last time these two teams had a kickoff was in 2004 in the State Championship game.

@ Utica Chieftains

September 4, 2020

7:00 PM - Swinehart Field

47255 Shelby Rd - Utica, MI

Last year's game came down to the wire. What do the Chieftains have in store for the visiting Titans in 2020? Head out to Swinehart Field for this MAC cross-over game to find out!

vs. Grosse Pointe South Blue Devils

September 11, 2020

7:00 PM - Runkel Field

39701 Dodge Park Rd

Sterling Heights, MI

The Blue Devils visit Runkel for Stevenson's first home game of the season. The Blue Devils recently joined the MAC Red after dominating the MAC White for many years.

vs. Eisenhower Eagles

September 18, 2020

7:00 PM - Runkel Field

39701 Dodge Park Rd

Sterling Heights, MI

The matchup between the Eagles and the Titans is sure to be special. Both of these teams made the Regional Championship game in 2019

@ Dakota Cougars

September 25, 2020

7:00 PM - Dakota Football Stadium

21051 21 Mile Rd - Macomb Twp, MI

Last year during the regular season the Cougars put some hurt on our Titans. The Titans got another shot at the Cougars in the District Championship. The Titans beat the Cougars and became District Champions in 2019. Look for an evenly matched game in 2020.

vs. Chippewa Valley Big Reds

October 2, 2020

7:00 PM - Runkel Field

39701 Dodge Park Rd

Sterling Heights, MI

The Big Reds are a dominate team coached by Scott Merchant, the 2019 Michigan Coach of the Year. The Big Reds are the defending MAC Red Champions. The Titans are ready for a battle.

@ Romeo Bulldogs

October 9, 2020

7:00 PM - Barnabo Stadium

62100 Jewell Rd - Washington Twp, MI

The Titans are marching into Barnabo Stadium looking for a win. The Bulldogs are another tough opponent and have had the Titans number lately. The Bulldogs qualified for the playoffs last year.

vs. Ford Falcons

October 16, 2020

7:00 PM - Runkel Field

39701 Dodge Park Rd

Sterling Heights, MI

The BATTLE OF THE TURF game! These cross-town rivals both call Runkel home. The winner of this game will hoist the Battle of the Turf trophy and stake their flag to signify ownership of the turf at Runkel Field. These two teams have battled it out 43 times over the course of history. Stevenson holds a 30-13 advantage over the Falcons. Who wins the Battle of the Turf? You best get down to Runkel for this great Sterling Heights rivalry! The winner owns Runkel!

vs. Oxford Wildcats

October 23, 2020

7:00 PM - Runkel Field

39701 Dodge Park Rd

Sterling Heights, MI

The Titans welcome the Oxford Wildcats to Runkel Field to close out the 2020 regular season. This will be the second time the Titans matched up against the Oxford Wildcats in school history. The first game, between these two great programs, was in 1973 when the Titans shut out the 'Cats 39-0.

Freshman and Junior Varsity schedules will be posted once finalized.

#FAITH - #FAMILY - #TOUGHNESS

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