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Titans de-claw Escondido Cougars, 55-27, in return to 'normal' form

Fri, Sep 21 2012 12:05 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents

After being drubbed, 28-6, by defending State Bowl champion Helix in the season opener, the Eastlake Titans have stormed back with a vengeance. The Titans topped host Escondido, 55-27, last Friday. That win built on a 42-0 non-league victory at Scripps Ranch the prior week.

“We got back to what we normally do,” said EHS coach John McFadden, whose team hosts perennial playoff qualifier Steele Canyon on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. “We didn’t play our game against Helix. We turned the ball over and weren’t up-tempo.”

The victory against Escondido (1-2) was a key prize for the Titans as both teams are in the Division I enrollment level for post-season play.

Eastlake pounced on a fumble committed on the Cougars’ opening offensive play of the game, recovering the ball virtually on the goal line. Isiah Olave scored three plays later on a one-yard run.

Olave would have a field day with four touchdowns on the night, including three rushing scores and one touchdown on a 60-yard pass reception. He finished the game with 237 total offensive yards.

The Titans pushed their weight around with 528 rushing yards, averaging more than 10 yards on each carry.

Olave totaled 177 yards on just nine carries. Aaron Baltazar also totaled 177 yards on 18 carries while Jalen Mondane collected 119 rushing yards on seven carries.

Baltazar scored three rushing touchdowns en route to accumulating 192 offensive yards; Mondane scored once on the ground.

Special teams also left their mark, as did the EHS defense with three takeaways.

Steele Canyon is coming off a 34-16 non-league win against visiting Temescal Canyon to cement its first victory of the season.

Brandon Andrade leads the Cougars with 527 passing yards and four touchdowns. Brandon Howard has 11 catches for 214 yards and two TDs.

Lashawn Ware, serving as a back-up to injured starter Lonnie Tuff, piled up 124 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns against Temescal Canyon.


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