It started way back on February 12th.  We put the call out to all area High School students, giving them the chance to win scholarship money with the Collins Community Credit Union  Scholarship Scramble during half time of Cedar Rapids Titans games.  By the time the head hits the pillow Saturday night, we will know which two schools will be represented in the June 13th final.

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So far, we know one of the two contenders will be Noah, from Washington, as he defeated Preston from Solon in the first semi-final face off a couple weeks ago.  Noah, a quarterback, had an experience edge over Preston, who's main sport is cross-country.  However, they had pretty close scores in their first round matches, and both of them were the only ones who had hit the midfield target worth 3 points, which usually helps solidify the win.  But then I went to talk to Preston pre-scramble who was calm and collected as he informed me he hasn't tossed a ball since the last challenge, as his focus has turned to a new sport he picked up, the other kind of football (aka - soccer).  As it played out, Preston went first, and unfortunately it didn't go great for him, ending with a score lower than the first round.  Noah was next, and maybe it was excitement, maybe nerves, but he over threw his first toss.  However he hit the next 3, meaning he had 5 points, and already would advance, even before the final toss (which he did hit).  This will be Washington's first time ever represented in the final.  Noah will be a tough competitor to face.

And Saturday night, we'll find out who his opponent will be, as David from defending champ Prairie goes up against Clayton from Center Point-Urbana.  This could be another very even face-off, as both had 6 point in their first round matches, with Clayton just a few seconds faster.  The stopwatch will be at the ready, as the scholarship money is on the line.  Whoever wins is guaranteed at least the $250 second place prize in the finals.

Don't miss the action Saturday night.  Tickets are still available at the US Cellular Center box office.  And it's "Salute to Heroes Night", as the team will be honoring our troops throughout the night.  Plus, they take on Wichita Falls, who they just beat last week.  And, the Titans are with a new QB, as their previous QB moved up into a larger arena football league.  It should be a fantastic game and exciting halftime.  We'll see you there.