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Gunn Football vs. Soquel 8/25/17

Prep football: Gunn rally a good sign but not enough to win

DJ Barnes made this remarkable catch in the end zone, one of 11 receptions on the night. Photo by Butch Garcia.

Hudson Alexander doesn’t like to lose football games but he sees the bright side of the equation as well. Alexander threw for 306 yards and four touchdowns, including a 29-yard strike to freshman Liam Teare that gave host Gunn a fourth-quarter lead.

It didn’t last. Soquel scored with 1:19 remaining to pin a 28-25 setback on the Titans in a nonleague contest Friday.

Alexander, an easy-going natural leader, remembers the days when no more than four players showed up in the weight room during an off-season program. That didn’t sit well with him.

“When T.K. (Gunn coach Tony Kelly) got here we jumped in a golf cart and started recruiting on campus,” Alexander said. “We eventually got enough to build a team. But we need all 24 people to stay healthy, to be good. We can be good too.”

If his passing ability isn’t enough, his ability to pull the ball down and take off should be. He’s the kind of quarterback who takes responsibility.

His first pass of the season went for a 57-yard touchdown to Solomone Paletua. He was quick to point out that his second pass was intercepted.

Just getting out on the field gave him a lot of joy.

“It felt good,” he said. “It was a long time coming. I’ve been waiting for this for a while.”

Alexander’s favorite target was DJ Barnes. They connected on 11 passes for 134 yards, including a 20-yard scoring strike that sparked the Titans rally.

Gunn scored 19 unanswered points to rally from a 21-6 deficit, another step in the right direction.

“That was amazing,” Barnes said. “I’ve never seen anything like that to come out and take the lead.”

The Titans have a chance to snap a seven-game losing streak, dating to last year, when they host James Lick at 7 p.m. Friday. Like Soquel and Gunn, James Lick finished 2-8 last year.

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