After racking up 86 points in lopsided non-league victories against visiting Vista and Escondido the past two weeks, the Eastlake Titans saw their stock rise somewhat in the San Diego Section high school football rankings, rising from No. 10 to No. 8.
The Titans moved up even higher — to No. 5 — after knocking off third-ranked Madison, 31-21, on the Warhawks’ home field last Friday.
“Vista and Escondido are a little down this season, so it helped them more playing us than it did us playing them,” EHS coach John McFadden said. “When you go against a team like Madison with big, athletic players and that is well coached, you wonder all of a sudden why things that were working against Vista and Escondido suddenly weren’t working any more.
“Playing a team like Madison really helped us out. We worked hard. The team played a full game — we were fighting all the way through.”
Interestingly, last Friday’s non-league encounter pitted reigning San Diego Section division champions. Eastlake defeated Mission Hills, 21-14, to win last year’s Division I title while Madison topped St. Augustine, 35-21, to win the section Division IV championship en route to also claiming the State Bowl Division III title with a 38-35 victory against Marin Catholic.
The Titans, who hiked their record to 3-1, bested the highly decorated Warhawks with stellar play on both sides of the ball.
Eastlake stuffed two Madison scoring opportunities in the shadow of their own goal posts and unleashed its potent running attack.
Isiah Olave racked up 207 total yards (eight rushes for 127 yards and four catches for 80 yards) en route to scoring two touchdowns. He broke off an 81-yard run and also caught a 45-yard scoring pass.
Isaiah Strayhorn (18 rushes, 104 yards) and James Morones (six carries, 30 yards) each also scored one rushing touchdown while kicker Aeden Johnson booted a field goal.
The game was tied 7-7 at halftime before the visitors exploded for 21 points in the third quarter to take a 28-14 lead.
The Titans rolled up 299 rushing yards while quarterback Izzack Morales got the passing game on track by completing six of eight attempts for 92 yards.
Madison posted some prolific offensive numbers: 295 rushing yards and 167 passing yards.
But the Titan defense lived up to the old adage of “bending but not breaking.”
Kevin Moore scored twice for the previously undefeated Warhawks (3-1).
For the season, Traylon Reed leads the EHS rushing attack with 363 yards on 20 carries for an 18.15 yard-per-gain average while Strayhorn has rushed for 358 yards and a 7.31 yard-per-gain average.
Olave has compiled 241 rushing yards and a 13.39 rushing play average; he also has five catches for 118 yards.
Olave paces the team with eight touchdowns, followed by Strayhorn with six and Reed with four.
Defensively, the Titans are led by Issak Santos and Keifer Graham, each of whom have 31 tackles, and Gabriel Housson with 25 tackles. Santos leads the team with four sacks while Ronnie Sallee has three sacks. As a team, Eastlake has amassed 17 sacks in four games.
Olave and Housson each have one interception on the season while Nasser Ali, Santos, Housson, Nathaniel Sweat and Dean Klaser each have one fumble recovery.
Santiago Andujo leads the team with 11 pass deflections.
Eastlake, riding now what has become a three-game winning streak, will host seventh-ranked St. Augustine Friday at 7 p.m.
The Saints are coming off a 36-7 non-league win at Otay Ranch last Friday and should present a handful for the Titans to contain.
Five-foot-five sophomore speedster Elijah Preston ripped off touchdown runs of 48 and 83 yards while also returning a kickoff 90 yards for another score. He finished the game with 159 rushing yards and 169 return yards.
Tyler Herburger and Francoise Sims II both added touchdowns for St. Augustine, which also recorded a safety early in the fourth quarter.
The Saints victimized the Mustangs (1-2) for three sacks and one pick.
Prior to defeating Otay Ranch for its third consecutive win, St. Augustine pummeled Mater Dei Catholic, 61-20, in a non-league game played Sept. 13 at San Diego Mesa College.
Preston has already rushed for 526 yards, scored eight rushing touchdowns and leads the team with nine TDs overall.
Joe Joe Hudson has passed for 454 yards and three scores but has been intercepted five times. Ryan Harris leads Saints receivers with 201 yards and two TDs.
“They are very good, well coached and have very good athletes,” McFadden assessed of this week’s imposing opponent. “They had our number last year (a 42-28 loss), but our kids are excited. If we play all of the quarters and have no let-downs, I think we’ll be in good position.”
In last Friday's loss to St. Augustine, Otay Ranch quarterback Triston Brand passed 40 yards to Quentin Bell for the Mustangs' lone touchdown in the game.
In other games last Friday:
Olympian 38, Lincoln 21
The visiting Eagles blew the game open with 28 second-half points after leading just 10-7 at halftime. Rey Osuna led Olympian (3-1) with three short rushing touchdowns while Manny Rodriguez scored on a 47-yard run and a 50-yard interception return. Angel Garcia also kicked a 30-yard field goal.
Mar Vista 34, Gabrielino 21
Jimmie Hill rushed for 219 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the visiting Mariners to their first victory of the season. Brandon Scales completed five of nine passing attempts for 69 yards while also rushing for 54 yards and one touchdown.
Mar Vista led 21-7 at halftime. Adam Hernandez and Colt Meling led the Mariners with 10 tackles each while teammate Zen Jurado recorded three sacks.
Calexico 35, Montgomery 25
The visiting Aztecs rallied from an early 21-7 deficit but it wasn't enough in the non-league contest. Montgomery scored four rushing TDs in the game — one each by Chauncey Emerson (one yard), Martin Garcia (35 yards), Nate Aragon (six yards) and Stanley Schwing (24 yards).
The Aztecs dropped to 2-2 on the season after having their two-game winning streak snapped.
El Cajon Valley 51, San Ysidro 34
The visiting Cougars were out-gunned by the Braves. San Ysidro fought back from a 28-8 first quarter deficit but it was tough going. Alan Godoy passed for 128 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 70 yards and two scores to lead the Cougars (1-3). Carlos Campos rushed for 185 yards and scored one touchdown while Rance Brijandez (15 yards) and Orlando Quinones (25 yards) each caught scoring passes.
Lutheran Knights record first 11-man football victory
The Lutheran Knights recorded their first 11-man football victory by defeating host Foothills Christian, 33-6, last Friday. Lutheran, a perennial eight-man football squad, scored 14 points in the first quarter and tacked on 13 more points in the second quarter to build an imposing 27-6 lead.
Noah Henkell completed six of 13 passing attempts for 159 yards and two touchdowns while Nick Taylor rushed for 140 yards on 23 carries and entered the end zone twice. Maurice McFalls had one interception on defense.
Mugan Blue leads Lutheran (1-3) on the season with three rushing touchdowns; Henkell has passed for 508 yards and four TDs in three games.
PREP FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
Friday, Sept. 20
Ocean View Christian Academy 34, San Jacinto Valley Academy 12
Eastlake 31, Madison 21
Olympian 38, Lincoln 21
Mar Vista 34, Gabrielino (San Gabriel) 21
Lutheran 33, Foothills Christian 6
Scripps Ranch 17, Bonita Vista 9
Clairemont 35, Castle Park 0
St. Augustine 36, Otay Ranch 7
Monte Vista 34, Sweetwater 3
Imperial 48, Mater Dei Catholic 21
El Cajon Valley 51, San Ysidro 34
Mountain Empire 38, Southwest 16
Calexico 35, Montgomery 25
Rancho Christian 34, Chula Vista Calvary Christian Academy 0
Friday, Sept. 27
Bonita Vista at Madison, 6:30 p.m.
Chula Vista Calvary Christian Academy at Calvin Christian, 6:30 p.m.
Ocean View Christian Academy at Faith Baptist Academy (Wildomar), 6:30 p.m.
St. Augustine at Eastlake, 7 p.m.
Calipatria at San Ysidro, 7 p.m.
La Jolla Country Day at Southwest, 7 p.m.
Hilltop at Coronado, 7 p.m.
Otay Ranch at Grossmont, 7 p.m.
Chula Vista at Mira Mesa, 7 p.m.
Olympian at Imperial. 7 p.m.
San Diego Section
2013 Playoff Ticker
Chula Vista 1-2
Otay Ranch 1-2
Mar Vista 1-3
Bonita Vista 2-2
Castle Park 2-2
Mater Dei Catholic 1-3
San Ysidro 1-3
Chula Vista Calvary Christian Academy 2-2
Ocean View Christian Academy 1-2