High school football: Titans grind Weber down to the ground

By Jarrod M. Hiatt

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Oct. 9 2010 1:11 a.m. MDT

PLEASANT VIEW — If Warrior abuse was outlawed in Pleasant View, then the Syracuse Titans would be in jail right now.

Syracuse, behind a grinding ground game and solid defensive effort, shut out Weber on Friday night 31-0.

"They manhandled us tonight. Plain and simple," said Weber coach Rick Corbridge. "We couldn't cope with their size."

Friday night's victory gave Syracuse its third win in a row. It upped the Titans' record to 5-3 overall and 4-3 in Region 1, helping them solidify their place in the standings as the season's end approaches. Weber loses for the fourth time in five games and drops to 3-4 overall and 2-4 in region play.

Syracuse senior running back Miles Persinger was pleased with his team's victory, but said that his team needs to be ready down the stretch.

"It was just as important as any other game," said Persinger about the win. "We need to stay focused."

The Titans first score came in at the 6:18 mark in the first quarter on a 50-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Jacobsen to Persinger. The Zach Erecksen PAT gave the Titans an early 7-0 lead.

Syracuse added to the lead later in the quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Jacobsen. The run capped an eight play 84-yard drive. The score put the Titans up 14-0.

After a 31-yard field goal by Erecksen early in the third, the Titans scored again on a 6-yard run by Persinger.

Syracuse finished the scoring on a 59 yard run by Jacobsen, who, on a keeper, easily beat the Weber defense to the corner and streaked down the sideline for the score. The score put the Titans up 31-0.

Weber had its chances, but was never able to finish any drives. When the Warriors did drive into Syracuse territory, the Titans were able to shut them down. Weber only penetrated the redzone once, but that drive ended in a missed field goal attempt.

"Our defense played well tonight," said Syracuse Russ Jones. "They're just playing good, sound football. They're keeping their assignments and they have good alignment. They're really playing together as a team."

Cole Conner led the Titan defense with 5.5 tackles. The Titan defense also held the Warrior offense to only 215 yards.

The Syracuse offense used big plays to rack up yardage and then chewed up the clock to gradually pull away from the Warriors. Syracuse totaled 410 yards of total offense. Persinger carried the ball 15 times for 129 yards while Jacobsen carried the rock 12 times for 98 yards.

Jones' squad, who has outscored its last three opponents 119-8 in its last three games, said that this victory was good for his team going down the stretch.

"It was a good win for us," he said. "This was a good turning point for us going forward.

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