East County Sports

Matadors can’t repeat success in Poway

EastCountySports.com staff report

POWAY – The defenses were expected to be in force at Poway High Friday night, but a third party also made their presence felt when Mount Miguel faced the host Titans.


Shean English (57) and Trevon Allen (56) pave the way for Antoine Hamilton Jr. (4) Friday night at Poway High.

A myriad of penalties plagued Poway’s 24-6 win over the visiting Matadors, as the Titans made sure they didn’t let a lead slip away to Mount Miguel like last season’s meeting here.

Senior lineman DURAN MILLER recorded a pair of sacks in the first quarter for Mount Miguel. His first came on third down on the game’s opening series and forced a punt.

Miller’s second sack pushed the Titans back and limited the hosts to a 40-yard field goal to open the scoring.

ANTHONY GILMORE, a senior, had a 49-yard touchdown catch and run from quarterback Benny Valadez in the first quarter to close the early Poway lead to 10-7 with 3:30 left.

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KIKO BORJA had a defended pass in both the first and fourth quarter for the Matadors, while JONATHAN MONROY had a first quarter on sack on third down to force a Poway punt.

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Lamont Young (35) and Anthony Yarborough (43) take down a Poway ball carrier Friday night (EastCountySports.com photo)

Junior MARIO COKER had an interception inside the 10-yard line to stop a Poway drive in the second quarter. Miller also had a fumble recovery in the first half for Mount Miguel.

JOHNNY LEE and TAYLIN JOHNSON both had receptions for sizable gains late in the contest, as Mount Miguel was attempting a mild comeback.

Last season, the Titans held an early 21-0 lead over Mount Miguel before the Matadors made a tremendous comeback.

The Titans’ Jared Adelman returned a fumble 49 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.

Chris Butler had four catches for 110 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown reception for Poway. He also finished off a 16-play, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter with a five-yard touchdown run.

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Antoine Hamilton Jr. carries for Mount Miguel Friday night against the Poway Titans.

The Matadors were at the Poway 2 late in the third quarter and poised to take the lead, but a penalty and an interception by Dustin Marvin stopped the potential scoring drive.

Poway (2-0) took a 10-0 lead when Robbie Sullivan threw a touchdown pass to Chris Butler for a 46-yard score with 4:47 to go in the second.

Poway’s Shane Gurule’s had 40-yard field goal with 1:58 left in the first quarter gave the Titans a 3-0 lead.

Poway’s Jacob Gaines recorded an interception in the end zone with just seconds remaining in the game.






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