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Titans ground Eagles, 40-20, for Metro-Mesa League pigskin title

Phillip Brents | Sat, Nov 01 2014 01:23 AM

In the mid-season, it appeared the Eastlake Titans had a berth reserved in the upcoming Open Division playoffs. While that now remains somewhat up in the air, what is certain is that the Titans look to remain champions of the Metro-Mesa League after defeating the host Olympian Eagles, 40-20, on Halloween night in a match-up of teams sporting 2-0 league records.

The victory extends the Titans’ current winning streak to three games and improves them to 3-0 in league, 6-3 overall, with one game remaining in regular season competition.

The Eagles drop to 2-1 in league play, 4-5 overall,  and will play the Bonita Vista Barons (2-1, 4-5) next Friday at Southwestern College in a key match-up that could serve as a back door to a co-championship should Eastlake drop its final game next Friday to the visiting Otay Ranch Mustangs (1-2, 5-4).

Bonita Vista defeated host Laguna Hills, 19-14, on Friday to collect its third win in its last four games while Otay Ranch rolled past the visiting Chula Vista Spartans, 42-6, to capture its first league contest this season.

Isaiah Strayhorn got the Titans on the scoreboard first on the strength of a 40-yard touchdown run in the match-up against the Eagles. But Olympian quickly responded to tie the score on a one-yard touchdown run by sophomore Noah Lacsina.

After that, the visitors steadily began to pull away with their superior depth at the running back position.

Greg Bell scored on a 22-yard run to put Eastlake up, 14-7, and back-to-back touchdowns by Traylon Reed of 21 and 47 yards extended the Titans’ lead to 27-7 at halftime.

Dean Klaser added a one-yard scoring run in the third quarter before Will Lampkin scored for the hosts on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Olympian put up 13 points in the final frame but it wasn’t enough. Austin Gurule broke loose to push the Titans ahead 40-14 before Anthony Hughes closed out scoring in the game with a 10-yard scoring pass to Eagles teammate Patrick Jeancharles. –


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