Prep Football: Poway High’s running game struggles in first loss since 2010
By Jon Dickstein
The Poway High football team fell 10-9 to La Costa Canyon Friday night in a battle between two highly-ranked Division II squads at Poway High School.
It was the second-ranked Titans’ first loss and the least amount of points they scored in a game since November 26, 2010, when the team fell 37-7 to Vista in the CIF San Diego Section Division I playoffs. The loss also snapped the Titans’ undefeated streak at14.
Poway (1-1) quarterback Max Washam completed 10 of 17 passes for 119 yards and one touchdown, but the Titans’ usually-sound rushing attack was shut down, gaining just 54 yards on 35 carries.
The fifth-ranked Mavericks (2-0) jumped out to a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter when Deon Dickey capped an 86-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run. Dickey would finish with 121 yards on the ground.
In the second quarter, the Titans’ Brandon Lucas picked off a Jake Sesti pass and returned it to the Mavericks’ 28. But two plays later Poway gave the ball right back on a fumble and that would lead to a 42-yard field goal from Adam Allmaras and a 10-0 La Costa Canyon lead.
“We turned the ball over too much,” Poway coach Damian Gonzalez said. “You can’t win that way.”
Poway’s defense kept the team in the game and led the charge back in the third quarter. A Lucas blocked punt gave the Titans a short field and led to Washam’s 13-yard touchdown toss to Alec Moreno, cutting the deficit to 10-7. A bad snap by the Mavericks on their next possession led to a safety and made it 10-9.
Derek Babiash’s interception early in the fourth quarter set the Titans up to take the lead, but a go-ahead 29-yard field goal attempt was blocked and the comeback bid fell short. Poway could meet the Mavericks again when the section playoffs roll around.
“I can definitely see ourselves playing them again,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a long season.”
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