Week 11: Poway Titans 28, Rancho Bernardo Broncos 21
Down by as many as 16 points, the Poway Titans (8-2, 5-0) scored 23 unanswered points in the second half to defeat the Rancho Bernardo Broncos (7-3, 4-1), 28-21, walking away as Palomar League champions.
No one would have guessed the outcome of the game, especially when the Broncos scored with ease on their opening drive, thanks to a 25-yard touchdown pass from Noah Morris to Angelo Ducksworth.
Morris connected on another touchdown pass later in the half, finding Dustin Connelly down the field for 20 yards on the reception. With 6:29 left in the first half, the Titans were up 14-0.
Just as halftime was about to start, the Titans forced a safety to get their first points on the board.
With 26 seconds left on the clock, the Titans received the ball once more. Poway was able to work the ball down the field to get into field goal territory. As time expired, Titans kicker Chris Sanchez nailed a 44-yard field goal to cut the Broncos lead to 14-5.
To start the second half, Rancho Bernardo found themselves in the end zone once again. Tajh Martin was able to break through Poway’s defense for a 12-yard rushing touchdown, increasing the Broncos lead to 21-5.
At this point in the game, the Titans thought their chances of becoming Palomar League champions were over, but not for Josh Butler.
The junior running back answered back with a touchdown of his own, rushing 10-yards into the promise land. The Titans completed the two-point conversion to cut Rancho Bernardo’s lead 21-13.
Butler went on to score two more touchdowns in the third quarter, giving Poway their first lead of the game.
Neither team was able to score in the fourth quarter, making the Poway Titans Palomar League champions with a 28-21 victory over Rancho Bernardo.
The playoffs will start next Friday.
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San Diego high school football has a way of saving the best for last.
It’s the final week of the regular season, which can only mean one thing – it’s rivalry week.
However, rivalry trophies aren’t the only things up for grabs this week. Several league championships are on the line, including the Palomar League.
The Rancho Bernardo Broncos (7-2, 4-0) and Poway Titans (7-2, 4-0) are heading into Friday’s game with duplicate records, both on the cusp of being ranked in San Diego County.
This time last year, the Titans were sitting at 3-7 on the season with no league title in sight. Head Coach Scott Coats has since turned the program around, competing for their first Palomar League championship in six years.
Junior running back Josh Butler has been one of the Titans’ many standout players this season, averaging 130.5 rushing yards per game. Butler is ranked No. 8 in the county for total rushing yards on the season (1044) with 15 rushing touchdowns.
With a guy like Butler, the Titans’ put most of their effort into the run game, which is a good thing this week. One of Rancho Bernardo’s most talented players is found in the Broncos secondary – senior defensive back Jonny Tanner.
Tanner not only leads the team in tackles with 87 but is also tied for second in San Diego with five interceptions on the season.
In game history, Rancho Bernardo leads the series 8-6 and has won the last four meetings. The last time the Titans took down the Broncos was during the 2013 season.
Will this be the year Poway takes down Rancho Bernardo and becomes Palomar League Champions?
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