Titans can't stop Corpus Christi King's running attack
CORPUS CHRISTI - A week ago Mark Cavazos and the rest of the Titans' offense could no wrong in their first win of 2012.
Friday night against Corpus Christi King (3-1), despite being the only Titan to touch the ball for the first 20 plays, Cavazos mustered just four passing yards in the first half, an interception and was sacked four times in a 35-13 loss at Buccaneer Stadium.
"We have to take a good, hard look at this game, see what we did wrong and find the areas that we need to get better in," first year head coach Roland Gonzalez. "We're going to do that tomorrow. District starts next week and that's what we've been working on since February."
Cavazos would finish the night with 41 passing yards on five completions and two interceptions. The Titans (1-3) offense as a whole gained 233 total yards and didn't pass midfield until early in the third quarter.
"Mark had a great week last week," Gonzalez said. "When that happens good teams are going to address those types of performances and limit the success. I thought King did a really good job at stopping him."
East's offense never got in its groove in the first half, recording just one first down that came late in the half. That was after the Mustangs had built a 28-0 lead on the legs and arm of quarterback Bronze Jackson.
However, after a dismal first half by East's offense, the Titans came out of halftime with a new spark.
"We went in and took a look at what they were doing to us and made some adjustments," Gonzalez said. "(The players) had a chance to fold up their tents and go home. There's a never-die attitude in our kids and they showed it."
On the first play of the second half, Cavazos ran 85 yards down the field for what appeared to the first score of the night for the Titans. However, a holding penalty took the six points off the board. The drive would end with his second interception of the night.
On the next possession for the Titans, Cavazos connected with Deondric Lofton, who made a bobbling catch on a slant pattern and ran 67 yards for the touchdown. That play would be called back also on an illegal man downfield penalty.
Cavazos led the Titans down the field on the same drive, marching down the field in eight plays, capping it off with his first of two touchdowns on the night, a 5 yard run.
The senior signal caller scored his second touchdown of the night with 3:33 to go in the game, again on a 5 yard run.
"It could have turned out a whole lot different had the plays not been called back," Gonzalez said.
Jackson played a role in every touchdown for King in the first half, the first on an option play from 20 yards. The next three all came through the air
Kiki Hill out jumped one Titan defender to score on a 22 yard catch. J.J. Dallas beat his man to the corner of the end zone for an 8 yard score and Chris Siebenthall was left wide open on a 22 yard catch and score.
"That's just a mental bust," Gonzalez said.
Jackson finished the night with 132 total yards and four touchdowns. Dominique Lane scored the lone touchdown Jackson didn't take part in late in the fourth quarter on a 12 yard run that gave the Mustangs a 35-13 lead.
"When you have an athlete like him that can strike at the drop of a hat, it takes a tremendous effort to keep him from scoring," Gonzalez said of Jackson.
Next week the Titans will open up district play against Tuloso-Midway at Memorial Stadium. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m.