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Eastlake, Bonita Vista renew Battle for the Boot rivalry Phillip Brents | Fri, Oct 25 2013 02:30 PM

Friday’s Battle for the Boot rivalry game between the Eastlake Titans and Bonita Vista Barons should feature some added drama this year: Both teams are coming off big wins.

The third-ranked Titans (6-1 overall, 1-0 in league play) shut out the Chula Vista Spartans, 31-0, last Friday in front of a festive homecoming crowd while the Barons (4-4, 1-1) upended the Otay Ranch Mustangs by a score of 16-7.

Friday’s contest kicks off at 7 p.m. at Otay Ranch High School.

Traylon Reed led the Titans with three touchdowns in the win over the Spartans (3-4, 1-1) while rushing for 155 yards on just seven attempts.

Isaiah Strayhorn (11 carries, 114 yards) actually got things rolling for the hosts when he scored on a 64-yard run on his team’s first play of the game. Fifteen seconds into the game, the score read: Titans 7, Spartans 0.

A 22-yard field goal by Aeden Johnson boosted Eastlake’s lead to 10-0 by the end of the opening quarter and Reed tacked on scoring runs of 29 and 64 yards in the second quarter to lift the Titans to a 24-0 advantage at halftime.

Reed completed scoring in the game with a 27-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Eastlake totaled 449 rushing yards on 41 attempts in the game.

The EHS defense held CV’s Jayvon Reed (Traylon’s older brother) to 41 yards on eight carries. Nasser Ali led the victors with 10 tackles while Ronnie Sallee collected two of his team’s three sacks and Austin Smith negated a potential score by the visitors with a pick in the end zone.

After opening the season with a loss to seven-time Arizona state champion Hamilton, the Titans have now won six consecutive games to remain unbeaten in section play (6-0).

Strayhorn leads Eastlake with 680 rushing yards, followed by Reed with 653; Isiah Olave (373 rushing yards, 158 receiving yards) continues to lead the reigning San Diego Section Division I champions with 12 touchdowns. The Titan defense has amassed 25 sacks — six by Sallee.

Bonita Vista opened the game with a 10-0 lead and made it stand up by holding the Mustangs (1-6, 0-2) to one touchdown. Lloyd Alexander kicked three field goals and teammate Tyler Thompson scored the lone touchdown for the Barons.

“It appears that we are taking on a ‘winning ugly’ identity, which is fine with us,” first-year BVHS coach Chris Thompson said. “The defense played great. Robert Garza may have won the game with his punting — he is a real weapon. We will continue stressing fundamentals and unselfish team football.”

Otay Ranch has lost its last five games. The Mustangs are at Escondido (2-5 overall) Friday and at Chula Vista on Nov. 1 in key Division I match-ups that could determine the final team to qualify for the division playoffs.

Chula Vista faces a key Division I/Metro-Mesa encounter Friday at Olympian (5-2, 1-0).


Metro-Mesa League
Friday, Oct. 18
Eastlake 31, Chula Vista 0
Bonita Vista 16, Otay Ranch 7

Friday, Oct. 25
Chula Vista at Olympian, 7 p.m.
Eastlake vs. Bonita Vista at Otay Ranch High School, 7 p.m.

Standings: Eastlake (1-0, 6-1), Olympian (1-0, 5-2), Bonita Vista (1-1, 4-4), Chula Vista (1-1, 3-4), Otay Ranch (0-2, 1-6)

Metro-Pacific League
Friday, Oct. 25
Mater Dei Catholic at Sweetwater, 7 p.m.
Castle Park at Montgomery, 7 p.m.

Metro-South Bay League
Friday, Oct. 25
Hilltop at San Ysidro, 7 p.m.
Mar Vista at Southwest, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 18
Sweetwater 28, Mar Vista 27
Hilltop 27, Mater Dei Catholic 20 (OT)
Castle Park 37, San Ysidro 24
Montgomery 24, Southwest 6
Ocean View Christian Academy 59, St. Michael’s Prep (Silverado) 14
Citrus League
Friday, Oct. 18
Chula Vista Calvary Christian Academy 34, Classical Academy 27
Julian 40, Lutheran 14
Friday, Oct. 25
Lutheran at Borrego Springs, 4 p.m.
Julian vs. Chula Vista Calvary Christian Academy at Eastlake High School, 7 p.m.

Sunset League (8-Man)
San Pasqualo Academy at Ocean View Christian Academy, 3:30 p.m.

Former Titans continue to shine and contribute

Seventeen former Eastlake Titans are currently on football rosters contributing to teams at higher levels.
Leading the pack is Tony Jefferson, a first year safety for the NFL Arizona Cardinals, who, after starting for the University of Oklahoma for three years, is now the seventh leading tackler on the Cardinals.  Mysteriously left undrafted after projecting as a third round draft choice, Jefferson is definitely proving his value after having signed as a free agent.
Aaron Baltazar immediately emerged into the second leading rusher as a true freshman for Boise State and was looking forward to playing against SDSU this season before being sidelined with a knee injury.
Senior middle linebacker Marcus Mendillo led his first place Azusa Pacific University team with 12 tackles in a recent game.
Senior outside linebacker Andrew Feaster is one of the leading tacklers for Humbolt State.
Junior wide receiver D'Angelo Barksdale, contributing with a 47-yard reception in a recent contest, is a regular target for first place USD.
Wide receiver Jordan Hines and cornerback Fernando Cabico are significant contributors at Cal Poly SLO.
Freshman outside linebacker Blake Wilson has been a defensive stalwart all season for first place Southwestern College.

-- Mark Mendillo

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