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Eastlake ground attack buries Steele Canyon

09/21/2012, 11:30pm PDT
By Dennis Lin

Titans rolled on against another overmatched opponent.

— One week after rushing for more than 500 yards in a win over Escondido, Eastlake’s powerful ground game rolled on against another overmatched opponent. Friday’s 56-26 rout of visiting Steele Canyon saw seven runners combine for 347 yards.

But don’t forget about Ty Stevens. The Titans’ do-everything senior played on offense, defense and special teams, but his passing shined on this night. He completed 7 of 10 throws for 179 yards and two touchdowns, exploiting a defense geared up against the run.

“Our play action worked out a lot,” said Stevens, who also ran for a TD, punted for Eastlake and intercepted two passes at free safety. “They tried to stop our running game, so we passed.”

Both Stevens’ scoring throws came in the first quarter as the No.?7-ranked Titans (3-1) assumed a 21-7 lead with 2:24 left in the frame. Moments later, Steele Canyon (1-3) pulled within eight on Lonnie Tuff’s 3-yard run, but the Cougars never got closer.

Eastlake’s Aaron Baltazar, who finished with 212 yards on 23 carries, plunged in from 6 yards out early in the second quarter. Tavarus Green and Baltazar each added another score before halftime for the Titans, who led 42-13 at the break.

Eastlake has won three straight since dropping its season opener to Helix.

For Steele Canyon, Tuff rushed for 88 yards and three touchdowns in his return from a high ankle sprain.

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