LAYTON -- The Syracuse Titans have Layton's number.
And it continues to be in single digits.
After dropping the first three games in the series, the Titans have responded with four straight wins and, overall, haven't allowed the Lancers to score more than a touchdown in five consecutive contests.
Friday night, a late Layton score eliminated back-to-back shutouts over the Lancers, but, more importantly, the Titans took another step toward earning their way back into the Region 1 race with a 28-7 victory.
The Titans jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead on their first possession following Kavika Fonua's stumbling 24-yard run into the end zone.
Both squads had opportunities to put more points on the scoreboard, however the half ended with the Titans still up by seven.
"You know, I thought our kids were, not rusty, but just didn't get off to a good flow in the beginning and in the second half they started getting things rolling," Syracuse coach Russ Jones said. "Any win's tough on the road, I think. I thought our kids responded well at halftime with some adjustments and came out with a little more pep and wanting it and stuff like that because they knew it was a crucial game. We knew that if we kept letting (Layton) hang around that they were eventually going to score and maybe win the game."
Syracuse found some breathing room to open the second half. A bruising ground attack started to open up the field. Wideout Mace Kucej capitalized when he outjumped a Layton defensive back and took Kole Tracy's pass 55 yards for a score.
On its ensuing possession, a 54-yard Hunter Evans to Andrew Astle completion gave the Lancers the ball at the Titan six. However, the Syracuse defense stiffened and forced the Lancers to turn it over on downs.
In the fourth period, the Titans put the game away with a 57-yard pass-play from Tracy to Daunte Atkinson. The Lancers responded with a scoring drive, but chewed up over six minutes of clock. Evans found Jordan Jaramillo on a four-yard completion with 5:33 to play to make it 21-7.
Fonua capped things off with 55-yard touchdown run to give him 103 yards for the game on 10 carries.
Tracy was 12-for-20 through the air for 242 yards while also rushing for 40 yards.