Titans bury Warriors with first-half blastoff

Oct 16 2013 - 11:41pm

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SYRACUSE -- The Syracuse Titans grabbed their briefcases, fastened up their ties and went about their business Wednesday evening.

With the regular season winding down and playoff jockeying continuing heading the final week, the Titans buried an upstart Weber squad early. Syracuse scored on each first half possession to build a 27-0 halftime leader while allowing only 33 yards to the Warriors over the first two quarters en route to a 37-13 victory.

In a matchup pitting big, powerful running backs in Syracuse's Kavika Fonua and Weber's Auston Tesch, Fonua had the upper hand. Fonua rushed 14 times for 123 yards in just over a half of play.

He also ran for a score, snared a touchdown pass from Kole Tracy in the back of the end zone and hauled down an interception. Tesch finished with a quiet 27 yards on 16 carries with a score.

"The week off helped a lot because we had a whole other week to prepare and they only had like two days," Fonua said. "So we watched a ton of film and just got ready. We wanted to stop Tesch. He's a good player and all but we wanted to stop him. We just did it on the field. We executed everything."

After forcing a Weber punt to start the game, the Titans wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard. Fonua swept around the right side from 33 yards out to make it 7-0 with 7:19 left in the opening quarter.

Kicker Romney Harker followed on Syracuse's ensuing possession with a 40-yard field goal, the first of three from at least 35 yards that he drilled on the night.

Early in the second quarter, Tracy connected with Fonua from 17 yards out to make it 17-0. Then, after forcing another Warrior punt, Tracy rolled out with 4:44 left in the half and found his tight end Blake Taurone wide open in the end zone for a six-yard score.

Harker split the uprights from 35 yards out in the waning minutes of the second quarter to make it 27-0 at the break.

Backup quarterback Chase Bauerle replaced Tracy to open the second half and helped the Titans extend the advantage to 34-0 on a five-yard toss to Taurone.

The Warriors broke into the scoring column with 2:50 to play in the third quarter when Tesch plunged in from a yard out to cap a 78-yard drive. Weber added another score late on a 51-yard Cole Dean to Tyson Lindley pass play.

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