SYRACUSE -- The stage is set.
Already off to its best start in the school's six-year history, the Syracuse Titans ran their record to 6-0 heading into a road showdown next week with fellow unbeaten Region 1 rival Northridge with a convincing 31-0 victory over Layton.
Following a sluggish first half offensively, the Titans exploded for 21 third quarter points to put the game out of reach.
"I don't know why they were so flat, but they came out a lot better in the second half with a little more energy and more focus," Titans coach Russ Jones said. "In the first half we had problems with execution and we left about three touchdowns on the field."
Syracuse looked impressive enough on its first drive of the game, embarking on a 10-play, 71-yard scoring drive to earn a 7-0 lead after Brock Anderson connected with Mason Woodward on a 32-yard pass play. It was the first of three Titan touchdown that went for over 30 yards, while the Syracuse defense kept Layton's playmakers in check.
"We just wanted to shut them down," Jones said. "We knew that 4 (Marcus Kemp), 5 (Tyler Fox) and 1 (Wille Uasilaa) are explosive players. We tried to look at some different coverages and disguise a few things and really bottle up 1. We felt we couldn't let him get on track."
The Titans tacked on a field goal following a Layton turnover on its first play from scrimmage to make it 10-0. Syracuse then came away empty-handed on two more possessions inside the Lancer 25-yard line to take the slim lead into the locker room before turning up the throttle in the second half.
Junior Kavika Fonua started things off with a 41-yard sprint up the left sideline with 10:13 to play in the third quarter. Anderson then found Jacob Garver for 33-yard touchdown completion before Mason Woodward bowled into the end zone from four yards out with 2:43 left in the period.
In pitching the shutout, the Titan defense recorded a pair of sacks and limited the Lancers to 123 yards of total offense.