Titans look to rebound, start district play
Sept. 23, 2012 at 4:23 a.m.
• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. start, Friday at Memorial Stadium
• RADIO: KNAL 1410 AM
When comparing the first half against Corpus Christi King versus last week's 39-38 win over San Antonio Brackenridge, an outsider may think it was two different teams suiting up for Victoria East.
The Titans managed just three yards of total offense, four of which came through the air. This comes on the heels of a 370 total yard performance the previous week.
However, East's players showed their never-quit attitude by bouncing back with a strong performance in the second half against the Mustangs. The Titans managed to run for 126 yards in the second half and throw for another 102.
"We went in at half and addressed the fact that we have two choices," said Titans coach Roland Gonzalez. "We can pack it up or go out there and play the way we prepared to play. They answered the call and put two touchdowns on the board."
EAST'S RECEIVERS KEPT QUIET AGAINST MUSTANGS
Against Brackenridge a week ago, receivers Jonathan Ortega and Deondric Lofton combined for 10 receptions and 195 yards and four touchdowns.
Last Friday night, the duo combined for two catches for 16 yards.
Lofton could have had well over a hundred yards receiving if not for a couple of penalties, including one that brought back a 67 yard touchdown reception.
"It could have turned out a whole lot different had those plays not been called back," Gonzalez said.
The lack of production from the Titans' receivers wasn't for a lack of trying. East dropped back to pass plenty of times against King, but only two passes were completed, while there were six incompletions, four sacks and two interceptions.
TITANS FLAGGED JUST FIVE TIMES
If there was one bright spot that East fans can look to, it would be the small number of times the yellow flag was throw in their direction.
The Titans showed good discipline against King, with just one penalty called on a false start.
Keeping the yellow flags in the back pockets of the referees will be crucial for East as the season progresses.
TITANS BEGIN DISTRICT PLAY THIS WEEK
The Titans have won just one game in Gonzalez's first season at the helm, but the 1-3 record means nothing as East heads into 30-4A district play this week when they host Tuloso-Midway at Memorial Stadium.
"That's what we've been working on since February," Gonzalez said. "It's upon us and we have to do our best job to get prepared for Tuloso-Midway."