PREP FOOTBALL: Titans get their kicks in 2OT

Aug 31 2013 - 12:26am


SYRACUSE -- Unfortunately there's no looming potential postseason rematch in store between class 4-A Highland and 5-A Syracuse.

After the show the two squads put on Friday night, not much would be more compelling than a sequel.

Syracuse scored a late touchdown in regulation to force overtime where it finally upended the Rams, 17-14 in a pair of extra sessions.

 "Great game," said Syracuse coach Russ Jones. "It's one of the top all-time games that I've ever been involved in. I'll tell you what, I thought our kids had great heart to come back and get things done. It would have been so easy to lose their focus and put their heads down, but you know what, they didn't. They battled back and did a great job. They really improved a lot from last week. They grew up a lot this week."

The matchup pitted two solid defenses against a pair of offenses trying to find their respective grooves. After neutralizing Highland's mammoth offensive line, including 6-4, 315-pound Bryan Mone, who is committed to play for Michigan, and patented run game, the Titans nearly cost themselves the game when they got beat deep early in the first quarter. A streaking Ben Bergeson hauled in a Jamal Greer pass and sprinted for a 71-yard touchdown with 34 seconds left in the first quarter.

 Fast-forward to the fourth quarter with Syracuse still trailing 7-0 and running out of chances, the offense put together an 80-yard drive. Quarterback Chase Bauerle connected with Blake Taurone on a 16-yard scoring strike to tie the game with 7:48 to play.

Both squads had opportune chances to win the contest in regulation before missing field goal attempts. Syracuse took possession on the Highland 19 with 1:45 left following a shanked eight-yard punt.  However after moving the ball to the Ram 1, the Titans couldn't punch it in and missed an 18-yard field goal.

 With less than a minute to play, Highland then moved the ball the length of the field to the Syracuse six, where Daunte Atkinson blocked two field goals. The first was called back following a Titan penalty, but Atkinson broke through again and cleanly blocked the 23-yard attempt with no time left on the clock.

In overtime, starting at the Titan 25, the Rams punched it into the end zone first on an 11-yard Thomas Pembroke run, Kavika Fonua answered for Syracuse from four yards out to knot the score at 14.

In the second extra period, Syracuse's Romney Harker drilled a 35-yard field goal attempt to make it 17-14. Then, Greer, facing 2nd-and-7 at the Syracuse 22, then threw two incompletions to end the game.

* BRIGHTON 38, FREMONT 0: At Plain City, the Silver Wolves could not get untracked offensively and fell at home.

The Bengals rushed for 254 yards and controlled the clock and line of scrimmage.

* DAVIS 38, HUNTER 7: At Kaysville, the Darts showed off a strong offense, defense and special teams effort to their home fans.

Davis Owen kicked three field goals ad added three PATs for Davis. Parker Rose rushed for a pair of TDs, while Mason White added a 44-yard scoring jaunt as the Darts built a 25-7 lead at the break.

Colton Chronister and Abel Porter hooked up on a 63-yard pass.

Defensively, Davis Hanson led the squad with an interception and six tackes. Matt Morrell added a pair of picks, while Chase MacKay had an interception as well.

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