The Eastlake Titans win back the “Boot” in convincing fashion blanking the Barons 55-0. After a two-year stint of losing the rivalry game, Eastlake made up for lost time not allowing Bonita Vista inside the Red Zone all game. The dominance displayed was evident on both sides of the ball with big hits and big plays.
It took the third drive of the game for Eastlake to score their first touchdown and first impact play when Daniel Amon hit Micah Pietila-Wiggs in stride for a 61-yard touchdown. The Titans followed up with a Roman Coe 9-yard touchdown run on their next drive to close out the first quarter 17-0. Coe’s 9-yard rushing score marks his second consecutive game with a rushing touchdown for the first time this season. Eastlake would add another field goal and two more rushing touchdowns in the second quarter by Parker Merrifield and Ryzhon Mccoy. Kicker DJ Dell Fierro was 2-for-3 on the night hitting from 39 yards and 27 yards, but did miss from 50 yards out.
It’s tough to scheme defensively against the Titans because of their depth at the skill positions and versatility at quarterback. Amon is more of a pocket passer who provides the stronger arm, and Mccoy gives you a duel threat with his legs. Roman Coe is a classic bruiser, Micah Pietila-Wiggs strikes with his speed and fill-ins Merrifield, De Los Reyes, and Parks-Price could start on most South Bay teams. Wide Receiver Darius De Los Reyes had one of the better plays of the night spinning out of a tackle and out-running two defenders for an 11-yard score.
Bonita Vista has vastly improved from the beginning of the season under the helm of Aaron Jones. Quarterback Kevin Rozar has filled the void at the position and has shown enough promise to give Jones hope for Rozar’s senior season next year. In speaking with Coach Jones before the game there is light at the end of the tunnel as the Baron Freshmen team went 9-1. “That’s something to build on heading into the off-season,” said Jones.
Eastlake will play its final regular season game at home, where they’re 3-0, against Olympian, and Bonita Vista will have a Bye week before heading into the playoffs.
It’s nearing Halloween and the Eastlake Titans (6-2, 1-1) are out for blood as they look to rise up against rival Bonita Vista (0-9, 0-3).
The Barons have been battled tested this year and have played the Titans tougher than any other South Bay team in recent years beating Eastlake the last two games. That might sound good if you’re a Baron fan, but “The Beast from the (South) East” still reigns supreme winning nine consecutive games against Bonita Vista before their two-game skid. It wasn’t much of a rivalry during the the nine-game span winning by more than 20 points in eight of the nine games. The new era begins with first-year Head Coach Aaron Jones who looks to gain some type of momentum heading into the off-season.
Eastlake came out hitting on all cylinders at home, where they’re a perfect 3-0, last week against Mater Dei, but stalled at Otay Ranch in the league opener. They’re revving up for the playoffs and look to stay a top the Division I standings in hopes to get a first round bye along with a home game. Their convincing 32-19 win over Grossmont (6-2, 3-0) earlier in the season helps their chances and they will be getting OL/DL William Dunkle back healthy from a three-game suspension. If they blow through Bonita Vista, like they should, and beat Olympian in the season finale, Eastlake would position themselves in a great spot for a title run.
Can the Titans continue their conquest of the South Bay or will the Barons bring an early holiday present to it’s coach and fans? You can find out on KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report at 10:30 pm.