A 21-point first quarter was all Eastlake needed as the No. 10 team in the county dominated Grossmont 35-0 at home Friday night in route to its third consecutive victory.
The Titans (3-1) played confident, smart, and efficient on offense, steadily wearing down the Foothillers’ defense with a power run game, then hitting them with the big play that put the game out of reach.
Eastlake’s ground game was complimented well with sharp, mistake-free quarterback play from sophomore Richard Colmenero III. When given the chance to let it fly, Colmenero was able to hit receivers for nice chunk yards, none bigger than a perfect pass on a 58-yard touchdown strike to Darius De Los Reyes that capped off the Titans’ impressive opening quarter.
“We had a real tough situation when your senior QB leaves,” Titans head coach John McFadden said, talking about former Eastlake and current Helix QB Daniel Amon.
Grossmont (1-2) was never able to find its rhythm offensively, something that’s key when running high-tempo, fast-paced offense. Foothillers head coach Tom Karlo challenged his team in the postgame huddle to improve as the schedule doesn’t get any easier from here.
“It was a bad game,” Karlo said. “When you play this high of opponents and you’re this good, bad games cost you a lot more. You can’t get away with anything.”
Terrones is a freelance writer.