SYRACUSE -- Even with an undefeated record, the Titans are not perfect.
In its first game in two weeks, Region 1 champion Syracuse High had two turnovers, missed two PAT kicks and committed too many penalties Friday.
But it's all good when you put up a season-high point total, ring up a fourth season shutout, punt only once, play all four of your quarterbacks and advance to the state 5-A quarterfinals after annihilating overmatched Viewmont 54-0 in the 5-A playoffs.
"I didn't expect anything. We just came out and played hard. We had a good week of preparation," said Titans senior outside linebacker Myles Naisbitt. "We've played more physical teams than this, and we have to be ready to play Alta. We want Alta."
Syracuse (10-0 overall), which has outscored the opposition 131-15 in its last three games, limited the punchless Vikings (2-9) to just 80 total net yards -- including six first downs -- on 41 offensive plays.
The Titans generated 370 total net yards on 44 plays, didn't punt until 5:25 remained in the blowout and scored seven points off two Viewmont turnovers.
"Hard work, good coaching and athleticism are why we're such a good defensive team. We have a lot of athletes on this team," the 17-year-old Naisbitt said. "Penalties were a factor for us, and we have to fix that if we want to beat a top-dog team like Alta."
Syracuse hosts the Region 3 runner-up Hawks (9-2) in the Nov. 2 quarterfinals in an afternoon game.
"Our coaches say don't get big-headed. Take the win and learn from it," Naisbitt said. "One of our goals since the end of last year has been to be undefeated. Another goal is to get to the 5-A championship game, and to do that we have to take it one game at a time."
Wyatt German and Koa Mo'o each had a pass interception for the Titans, who allow only 7.0 points per game.
Syracuse's first-team defense played one second-half series, watching the rest of the cakewalk from the sideline.
Senior quarterback Brock Anderson had his first pass picked off, but was razor sharp thereafter. He completed 13 of 15 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 24 yards on four carries with a fumble.
Anderson has 24 touchdown passes this season with just two interceptions.
"We just prepared all week and it showed today," he said. "On the interception, our receiver ran the wrong route. It was just a miscommunication. It wasn't perfect, but we played pretty well."
Senior wideout Diante Mitchell had four receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Senior slot receiver Jake Garver had three catches for 57 yards and a touchdown for the Titans, who improved to 6-4 in the state playoffs and are 3-0 in home-field playoff games.
"We had confidence in our passing game," Anderson said. "Our receivers did a good job running routes, getting open and creating separation from their cornerbacks and safeties. I know any of them can make plays. I don't lock in on anybody; it depends on the play."
Senior tailback Mason Woodward rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries for Syracuse, which leads Viewmont 3-2 in the all-time series with three straight wins.
"I think we're good enough to make the finals," Anderson said. "If we play a full four quarters, we can beat anybody in the state. We're still looking for a complete game, and if we keep practicing hard it will come."