Fri, Oct 04 2013 12:53 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
What separates the fifth- and seventh-ranked teams in the San Diego Section? Apparently 23 points if one is to take No. 5 Eastlake’s 23-0 non-league victory against No. 7 St. Augustine last Friday at face value.
The win by the Titans was the first ever in school history over the Saints and the second this season against a top 10-ranked team in the section.
The significance of the historic victory was not lost on Eastlake’s players or coaches.
“It means a lot (because) they have a heck of a team,” EHS head coach John McFadden said. “We put together four quarters — that means a lot. Offensively, we moved the ball and had a couple of big plays. Our defense was flying the whole game. We’ve played a real tough non-league schedule and have done real well.”
Isaiah Strayhorn rushed for 142 yards on seven carries to ignite the Titan running game. He ripped off a 71-yard run up the middle on the second play of the game to position the ball at the St. Augustine six-yard line. James Morones then scored on a two-yard run for the opening touchdown.
Strayhorn helped set up the hosts’ second touchdown with a 40-yard burst in the second quarter. Isiah Olave capped the drive with an 18-yard run to push Eastlake to a 14-0 halftime advantage.
Aeden Johnson booted a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter and Dean Klaser scored on a 16-yard run late in the fourth quarter to round out scoring in the game.
The contest was a defensive match-up throughout, especially on the part of the Titans, who increased their season record to 4-1 and 4-0 against section foes.
The hosts collected four sacks and 10 pass deflections in the win.
Star Saints sophomore running back Elijah Preston ran into a brick wall, gaining just 27 yards on 12 carries.
“We played great — another team win,” Graham said. “Everyone came together … it was a dominating defense.”
Strayhorn termed the victory against St. Augustine “huge.”
“Coming together as a team like we did today just was like perfect,” he said. “We played hard, and when (we) play together like that, we’re unstoppable. We have a great offense and our defense is as fast as can be, we have the fastest defense in the South Bay right now. I think the rest of the year is going to be good for us.”
Eastlake closes out non-league play with a home game against Sweetwater on Friday. The Red Devils are 1-3 and currently riding a three-game losing streak after opening the season with an impressive 42-0 shutout victory against La Jolla Country Day.
Titan rushing leaders include Strayhorn with 493 yards, Traylon Reed with 398 yards and Olave with 273 yards. Eastlake is averaging 308 rushing yards per game against just 49 passing yards per game.
Mason Saurer leads the EHS defense with 35 tackles, followed by Graham with 33 stops and Ronnie Sallee with 30 hits. Issak Santos has five sacks while Sallee has four sacks; Santiago Andujo has a team high 13 pass deflections.
As a team, the Titans have 22 sacks, two interceptions and five fumble recoveries.
Raven Middleton leads Sweetwater with 268 rushing yards; the Devils are averaging 292 rushing yards per game.
Peter Kluch contributed to this story.
PREP FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
Friday, Sept. 27
Eastlake 23, St. Augustine 0
Hilltop 10, Coronado 0
San Ysidro 34, Calipatria 18
Chula Vista Calvary Christian Academy 28, Calvin Christian 27
Mira Mesa 13, Chula Vista 12
Madison 48, Bonita Vista 23
Grossmont 45, Otay Ranch 7
Imperial 58, Olympian 17
La Jolla Country Day 48, Southwest 8
Faith Baptist Academy 20, Ocean View Christian Academy 16
Friday, Oct. 4
Chula Vista at Castle Park, 7 p.m.
Sweetwater at Eastlake, 7 p.m.
Otay Ranch at Hilltop, 17-14
Bonita Vista at Mater Dei Catholic, 7 p.m.
Montgomery at Olympian, 7 p.m.
Santana at Mar Vista, 7 p.m.
Maranatha Christian vs. Lutheran at Monte Vista High School, 7 p.m.
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