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Riding Eagles' wings

09/13/2013, 11:35pm PDT
By Kirk Kenney, U-T

Beyond the End Zone: High-flying San Pasqual stays unbeaten with decisive win over Poway.

San Pasqual quarterback Sebastian Tengan throws a touchdown pass to teammate Grant Huffman in the second quarter against Poway.

Final score: San Pasqual 45, Poway 7

Key plays: Three first-half turnovers Friday night tormented the Titans and led to 17 points for San Pasqual. The Eagles’ Jack Hofstetter and Bryce Willette recovered first-quarter fumbles that led to 38- and 47-yard scoring drives. San Pasqual’s Jackson Lively intercepted a pass in the end zone late in the second quarter that led to a field goal and a 38-7 halftime lead for the Eagles.

Key stat: San Pasqual quarterback Sebastian Tengan connected with wide receiver JaJuan Thomas eight times for 232 yards, including touchdown passes of 6 and 71 yards, as well as a 73-yard completion that set up another TD.

Quotable: “We had some momentum and they helped us out a little bit by dropping the ball on the ground, and then we got that interception,” San Pasqual coach Tony Corley said. “Any time you can beat a good Poway team, you’ve done a good job, so we’re proud of ourselves.”

Quotable, too: “The last four years we’ve gotten our butt kicked by them,” Tengan said. “Tonight we came out as a team and responded how we did — it feels real good.”

Freshman phenom: It shouldn’t be too surprising that Tate Martell has taken over as Poway’s quarterback. After all, Martell made a commitment to the University of Washington last year — as an eighth-grader.

Eagles taking flight: San Pasqual’s reputation is as a run-oriented team — “We’re always going to run the ball,” Corley said — but the Eagles figure to take to the air more with the talented Thomas at wide receiver. Before his two touchdowns against Poway, Thomas had TD receptions in each of the team’s first two games. He returned a pair of punts for TDs, too. “He can go get it,” Corley said. “He’s got a great couple of first steps and he’s got some of the best hands we’ve ever had. The guy comes down with everything.”

Move to improve: Although Martell has replaced last year’s starter, Max Washam, at QB for the Titans, don’t expect to see Washam carrying a clipboard on the Poway sideline. “He’s a terrific athlete,” Poway coach Damian Gonzalez said. “He’s now moved to linebacker. He’s playing well on defense, he’s on every special team, and he also plays a little at tight end, fullback and receiver. ... He said he was going to do whatever it took to make our team better. It speaks volumes to his character.”

Sideline supporter: Poway defensive end Val Laguda is out for the season after suffering a broken left leg in last week’s win over La Costa Canyon. Laguda had surgery to insert a titanium rod into his leg and was discharged from the hospital earlier in the week. He was on the Titans’ sideline Friday night, advised by his father that it would be better than sitting at home. Laguda said he gave his teammates a pep talk at halftime. “I said I gave my all on the field,” said Laguda, a junior. “I’m getting back up and I’ll be playing again. I expect you to get back up on the field no matter how hard they push you down.”

Whose idea was this?: San Pasqual cheerleaders did push-ups after each score, corresponding to how many points were on the scoreboard. They did 188 by game’s end, although their form left something to be desired by the time San Pasqual made it 35-7 in the second quarter. “I think some of them need to learn how to do push-ups,” said one sideline observer.”

Food review: Chose the visitor’s concession stand to see how the other half lives. The quarter-pound hot dog was hot and juicy, earning four belches on our five-belch scale. Note to maintenance: Could you even up the legs on that blue dining table?

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