For much of the first half, Eastlake contained Hamilton and its potent multiple-option offense, disrupting the inside ground game against the No. 24 nationally ranked football program from Chandler, Ariz.
However, the Titans’ limber defense could only bend so much.
It finally broke, whiffing on a play-action pass, a double-reverse and an option play late in the second quarter that helped boost Hamilton to a 28-17 victory in the Under Armour Brothers in Arms Classic on Saturday at Cathedral Catholic High.
“We are young,” Eastlake coach John McFadden said. “I just didn’t realize how young, especially at quarterback.”
Sophomore Isaac Morales and junior Justin Scott alternated at QB for Eastlake, which produced two first downs and 50 yards total offense in the first half.
Down 28-0 at the break, the Titans (0-1), ranked No. 8 in the San Diego Section, managed to fight back against Hamilton (1-0).
“It was a tale of two halves,” Huskies coach Steve Belles said. “We played fantastic in the second quarter and executed poorly the rest of the way.”
Lingering around, Eastlake scraped together three drives that resulted in a 33-yard field goal by Aeden Johnson, a 35-yard scoring toss from Scott to Isiah Olave and a 15-yard TD run by Isaiah Strayhorn.
But time expired.
Morales and Scott combined for 122 yards on 7-of-19 passing.
“Guys stopped doing their jobs. It was evident,” McFadden said. “But they found ways to turn it around and won the second half against a very good football team. So, that’s encouraging.”