Week 2 South Bay Game of the Week: Poway Titans 50, Olympian Eagles 30
The Poway Titans put up 43 points in the first half, beating Olympian, 50-30, in the South Bay Game of the Week presented by National City Mile of Cars.
The Titans offense was hitting on all cylinders Friday night as they had big first halves from quarterback Andrew Weisley, running back Josh Butler, and receivers Vance Jefferson and DJ Owens.
Butler set the tone early ripping off big gains of 60 and 53 yards, totaling 157 rushing yards on 10 carries in the first half.
Weisley threw four touchdowns in the first half with no interceptions, looking calm, cool, and collected in the pocket.
Both Jefferson and Owens had a pair of touchdowns, making it look effortless.
But as Weisley wisely said during the post-game interview, it was the offensive line who paved the way, allowing great running lanes for Butler and giving Weisley time in the pocket to find his receivers.
The defense will often get overlooked when an offense scores 43 in the first half, but they put up a goose egg in the first half.
The defense also set up the offense with great field position on multiple drives.
Luke Bajtala and Kayo Mai each had an interception that led to touchdowns with the offense beginning those scoring drives inside the red zone.
Olympian made the score respectable, but Poway (1-1) pulled most of the starters in the second half.
With that being said, the Eagles did not stop fighting as they could have easily thrown in the towel. Another great example of why head coach Ryan Van Nostrand was selected as the Strike Force Coach of Week.
The Eagles drop to 1-1 and will have a tough road test against Torrey Pines (1-1) in Week 3.
The Titans will look to get over .500 with a home game next week against Ramona (0-2).
The Poway Titans (0-1) travel south to take on the high-flying Eagles, of Olympian (1-0), for Week 2’s South Bay Game of the Week presented by National City Mile of Cars.
The matchup between the Titans and Eagles shapes up to be a good one as they have faced each other five times within the past three years.
In 2016 and 2017, they met in the regular season and playoffs with Olympian outlasting Poway in both playoff contests.
However, the 2018 Palomar League champions redeemed themselves last season blanking the Eagles, 14-0.
During the off-season, the storyline out of Olympian was Ryan Van Nostrand replacing his father, Paul Van Nostrand, as head coach.
After Week 1’s impressive win on the road against Ramona, the talk surrounding this team now is, how far can they go? They’re athletic on both sides of the ball and provide good size upfront.
Quarterback Lukas Hamilton can sling it and is sneaky fast with his legs.
The senior has two quality receivers in Dezmyn Ball and Anthony Gilpin Jr., who was the impact player for the Eagles in Week 1.
Gilpin Jr. is athletic, has good hands, and can stretch the field.
The backfield is nothing to sleep on as well with a trio of backs.
Starter Greg Hawkins along with Nate Frijas and Alijah Robinson run hard and had at least a touchdown in Week 1.
As for Poway, Scott Coats leads the Titans in his fourth year as head coach.
He has brought success to the program going 10-2 in 2016 and winning the Palomar League in 2018.
Coach Coats has a solid core of players that can help repeat last year’s success.
It begins with senior running back Josh Butler, who rushed for 1,138 yards averaging 9.3 yards per carry as a junior.
Last year, Butler accounted for 19 of the 39 offensive touchdowns.
Quarterback Andrew Wiesley stands tall in the pocket with his 6-foot-2 frame and has skilled guys on the outside to get the ball to.
One of those guys is Vance Jefferson, who plays both ways. The junior is elusive with the ball in his hands, and on a touchdown-saving interception last week, he made a great break on the ball from the safety position.
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