The CPA Varsity Football team dominated in-region and Great Hearts rival Veritas Prep in front of the home crowd Friday night to move its record to 5-1. Five different Titans players found the end zone, and the defense held the Falcons to 54 total yards for the game.
The scoring started with a 65-yard passing strike from senior QB Alex Brandt to junior Ely Sannes. Fellow junior Izzat Mansour followed up with a 33-yard run and cut for the first of his two TD runs on the night.
By time the final buzzer sounded, QB Brandt had racked up 208 yards passing, completing 8 of 10 attempts with 4 TD passes. Those included a diving catch in the end zone by sophomore wideout Carson Zilmer on a hitch and go, a 70-yard bomb to senior slot back Dylan Prosser and Sannes’ second TD in the game on a 8-yard catch and duck into the end zone. The scoring surge was capped off with a 9-yard run by senior running back Alex Bell, who led the team in rushing with 68 yards on 14 carries.
“Bell simply ripped up chunks of yards all night,” said CPA varsity head coach Chris Goodman.
The Titans defense, meanwhile, shut down everything the Falcons offense drew up. Senior Stirling Buske, switching back and forth from linebacker to defensive end, recorded 5 tackles and 7 assists, while junior defensive lineman Griffin Serra was in the face of the Falcons quarterback more than his own teammates. Sophomore defensive end Isiah Usher likewise was a menace in the Falcons backfield with 2 sacks and another tackle for a loss.
A healthy crowd showed up for the Great Hearts showdown, many decked out with orange in support of the fight against juvenile leukemia. Thanks to all the parents and community who do so much to create this opportunity for our boys.
This week, the Titans prepare for another home game in an important show down with Kingman Academy. With a state playoff spot looming, a key Freedom Game win could do lots for the Titans’ state ranking. See you this Friday.
Titan game day notables:
Three Titans players pulled down their first varsity career TDs. Congratulations to Prosser, Zilmer and Mansour, who also got his second TD the same night. We expect to see more.
The offensive line, anchored by junior Brody Gregory, freshman Keanu Flores, Buske, Serra and Usher, blocked for 153 yards rushing.
Freshman Aidan Daly once again made his presence felt on special teams, where he recorded 3 of his 4 tackles on the night.
A quick and swarming defense gave up only 5 first downs in the game and kept the Falcons 0-11 on third and fourth downs.