CHULA VISTA Going into Friday night’s game at Eastlake, St. Augustine football coach Richard Sanchez admitted he was concerned with the Titans’ fast starts this year.
His concerns proved all too prophetic.
It took the fifth-ranked Titans just three plays to score all the points they would need as the South Bay hosts downed the No. 7 Saints 23-0.
“Our kids just come out fired up to play,” said Eastlake coach John McFadden.
On the second play from scrimmage junior Isaiah Strayhorn broke free for a 72-yard gain up the middle before finally being dragged down at the Saints 6.
“It was a big run. It got us going,” said Strayhorn. “I got caught looking back so I didn’t score.”
James Morones picked him up, taking it in on the next play from the 6.
Eastlake increased its lead to 14-0 early in the second quarter. A Strayhorn 40-yard run ignited an 82-yard scoring drive. Isiah Olave’s 18-yard run around the left side capped the eight-play drive.
Strayhorn finished with 124 of his team’s 189 yards rushing in the first half on just three carries. He ended the night with 142 yards on seven carries.
In the second half, the Titans (4-1) added a 37-yard field goal by Aeden Johnson and a 16-yard scoring run by Dean Klaser to clinch the win over the Saints (3-2).