What’s this? Gunn on a winning streak?
You’d better believe it. It’s now two in a row for new head coach Brandon Boyd, and the Titans did it in impressive fashion on Friday night in a nonleague football game vs. Harbor of Santa Cruz.
Gunn (2-1) claimed a fuel-injected 52-20 victory on its home field, scoring in just about every way possible. At the center of it all was senior quarterback Hudson Alexander, who threw for 219 yards and six touchdowns – also running for 32 yards on four carries and playing standout defense.
“This was simply fun,” said Alexander, who also blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for another TD, and had nine tackles, with one-and-a-half sacks.
“We’ve been pretty bad the past three or four years, and to turn it around like this is amazing.”
Gunn had lost seven in a row dating to last season, but after dropping its opener to Soquel, the Titans beat James Lick (49-27) last week.
This time they got off to a 28-0 lead, and led 50-12 after three quarters, triggering a running clock.
It may be their first running clock ever.
“This is such a fun group,” said Boyd, who was the defensive backs coach before taking the helm in Week 2. Former head coach Tony Kelly abruptly stepped down after the opener, citing health reasons.
“These guys love each other and are fighting for each other. They’re such a loose and talented group. It’s really been fun the past two weeks.”
Alexander seems more comfortable with his reads every week, and that should concern Gunn’s opponents. He was 15-of-21 passing, with his main targets being Lee Howard (four catches for 92 yards and two TDs) and DJ Barnes 3 catches, 78 yards, two TDs).
Alexander hooked up the Howard for scoring plays of 43 and 26 yards, the former when he hit his receiver in the right flat, with about 30 yards of yards-after-catch. That made it 14-0 – and people sensed this one was decided.
Barnes’ big play was a 39-yard TD from Alexander late in the third quarter to make it 50-12.
Solomone Paletua had a pair of short TD receptions, and rushed for 41 yards on three carries. Two of those were over the right side behind blocks by Nick Alfonso, Luis Morales and Aidan Cannon.
Shining on defense were Howard (two interceptions), Barnes, and defensive end Ethan Houston. Jeff Cui had two sacks.