EC Preps



By Adam Paul

Chula Vista – For the second week in a row an East County team took on the Titans of Eastlake and for the second time in a row a team from the East County went down to the Titans. This week it was the Valhalla Norsemen who fell victim to the power of the Titans.


Valhalla would have the opening possession but the opportunistic Titans defense that picked off Grossmont six times last week once again had a pick as Jalyn Jackson picked Bryan Madriz

It was a standstill between the two teams as they traded possessions the first time but the Titans again took advantage of another turnover as Dylan Kohler was able to recover a fumble by Valhalla running back Ty Schimke.

After regaining possession the Titans were in great field position as they were on the Valhalla 20-yard line. They would score on a 13-yard run by quarterback Daniel Amon to go up 7-0.

Defensively for the Titans they were able to limit the Valhalla offense which included a big sack from Donyal Thompson to again set up a punt return. Eastlake would move the ball down field before Del Fierro would kick a 28 yard field goal to make it 10-0.

The Titans would extend their lead to 17-0 behind a Rayshawn Parks-Price 2-yard score with under a minute remaining in the first half. Valhalla couldn’t answer so the score remained the same at the break.

For the Titans it was the ground game that did the most damage on the night for the Norsemen as Parker Mayfield was able to tally 113 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown, Parks-Price ran up 82 yards and two touchdowns all on 10 carries.

Valhalla was finally able to get on the board in the fourth quarter with a little over three minutes left as Dennis Dahlin found Connor Buckley who rumbled into the end zone for 29-yards to make it 38-7.

SCORE: Eastlake 38, Valhalla 7

RECORDS: Eastlake (4-1), Valhalla (2-2)

KEY STATS: The Titans run game rushed for 286 yards on 31 carries and scored 5 TDs.

PIVOTAL MOMENT: The Titans made an adjustment on their third possession in the running game. Eastlake went to an inside zone up the gut type run game which allowed them to gain big chunks of yardage.

QUOTABLE I: “We really thought the power run game would work. After watching their film against Granite Hills a blue print was shown on what to do.” Eastlake Assistant Coach Jim Alvarez.

QUOTABLE II: “It was great to play at home for the first time this season. The crowd really came out to show their support as they hadn’t seen us at home yet this season.” “It was great to see the students out in full force for the game.” Said Titans assistant Jim Alvarez.

QUOTABLE III: “What really prepped us for these last two weeks was the road game up to Santiago a couple of weeks ago in which we lost the close game, we put up points and gained a lot of confidence.” Said Titans Assistant Jim Alvarez.

Notes: For the second week in a row the Titans defense had multiple sacks as they sacked Valhalla passers five different times plus the interception. Due to the swarming defense it was the second week in a row that they defeated a team from the East County as they beat Grossmont 32-19 the previous week.



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