Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sunday Titans Wrap - August 17, 2008



The last time we caught up with the Tri-County Titans was for their home opener back on July 19. Since then, they lost a close one to the Desert Valley Spartans the following week by a score of 19-14. The team had a rest afterward with a bye week and then last week they were victorious on the road vs. the South Bay Skulls, 19-7. Last night they were at home again and hosted the Valley Trojans.

The Trojans won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. The Titans looked strong behind QB Billy Hudson (0), the Player of the Week in the win over the Skulls. Indeed, Hudson seemed to be on track to clinch this honor again. With 11:33 in the first quarter, the Titans would draw first blood. With a key block from OL Manuel "The Birthday Boy" Ojeda III (77), RB Carylon Prevost (28) would score. The resulting 2-point try was unsuccessful but this was not an sign of things to come.

When the Titans kicked the ball off to the Trojans after the score they were able to keep them back inside of their own ten yard line. At 1:03 left in the first quarter, the Trojans almost went the distance of the entire field but ended up having to settle for a field goal try. This attempt was unsuccessful and the score remained 6-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Titans continued to hold the Trojans scoreless and were able to put another three on the board with 8:49 left in the second quarter. K Gary Melnick (32) was responsible for the successful kick, making the score 9-0. The Trojans were unable to score in the first half and only threatened twice with two unsuccessful field goal attempts.

In the second half, the Titans missed a field goal opportunity as well with 4:54 left in the third quarter. At 2:00 left in the third quarter the Trojans scored on a 72-yard pass and made the extra point. The score was now 9-7. With 1:45 left in the game RB Prevost came through again with another touchdown. The resulting point after was blocked so the score was 15-7. With 1:05 left, the Trojans managed to run the length of the field to score a touchdown. The score was now 15-13 and it was looking as if they would possibly tie the game. Lining up for the 2-point try, they caught a delay of game penalty and got moved back. The last few moments seemed to take an eternity but when the ball was snapped they could not deliver. Final score: Titans 15, Tojans 13.

LB Albert Alvarez (40) and FS Cesar Sutton (42) were also key ingredients in the victory. Next up, the Titans will be on the road with their 3-2 record to play the Inglewood Blackhawks on August 23.

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