SYRACUSE — If the third time is truly the charm, then the Syracuse Titans are charmed indeed. For the second time in three weeks the Titans' win came in overtime.
Syracuse quarterback Kole Tracy scored on a 25-yard run in the Titans' first possession in overtime to give the home team the 16-13 victory over Mountain Crest Friday night.
Syracuse came into the match-up ready for a battle, knowing full well that the Mustangs would have a chip on their shoulder after last year’s hard-fought contest.
The Titans expected nothing less than a full-throttle onslaught, and that’s just what the Mustangs delivered.
“Mountain Crest had a good game plan. Their kids came out hard and really competed," said Titan offensive coach Mike Knight. "We’re just happy we were on the positive side of the record. It could have gone either way. The Mustangs are dominant in Region 5, one of the toughest regions in the state.”
Midway through the first quarter, the Titans tallied their first seven points with a six-play touchdown drive. Tracy found Jake Wakefield alone at the five, and Wakefield he scored unhampered.
The Titans roared back, side stepping penalty flags and a sideline warning. A Tracy quarterback keeper took the ball to the 27 with 19 seconds left, and Romney Harker recorded 40-yard field goal with only three seconds to spare, giving the Titans a 10-7 lead at the half.
“The purpose of preseason play is to find out which kids can make plays, and give them the opportunity to do that,” Knight said. “With each game the offensive line is doing a better job at protecting the quarterback and that’s key. Our inexperienced O-line is really coming together.”
Third-quarter stumbling by both teams kept the score stagnant until the Mustangs' Luis Guerra drove a 37-yard field goal through the posts with 4:41 remaining in the quarter to tie the score at 10-10.
Following a fourth-quarter fumble recovery by Zac Carter, Syracuse moved the ball down field, but a 42-yard field goal attempt was blocked with 3:19 left in regulation. The game went into overtime tied at 10.
Syracuse won the overtime coin toss and elected to start on defense.
An 11-yard pass to Damuni set up a Guerra field goal to give the Mustangs the 13-10 lead before Tracy's heroics won the game for the Titans.
The Titans' goal of going 3-0 in preseason play was accomplished, and now they face highly ranked Davis Thursday at Davis High.