By Caleb Gottry
Although the CPA Titans house representatives were slaughtered in a half-time homecoming skit, the packed stands of Titans fans were able to cheer their CPA football team onto a 26-0 shutout victory over the visiting Vandals of Miami High School. The Titans returned to their home field on Friday, September 21, for the season’s first region game after two emotionally charged losses on the road and gave the home crowd several reasons to cheer throughout the night.
The Titans offense performed phenomenally, scoring four unanswered touchdowns and doing most of its damage on the ground. The offense racked up 188 yards of rushing for the game, led by a three-pronged attack of senior QB Ely Sannes, senior RB Izzat Mansour and sophomore RB Sam Martin. Mansour delivered several speedy runs to ignite the Titans forward motion during the game. Although flagged for a couple penalties in the first half, his speed continuously challenged the larger but slower Vandal defense. In contrast, Martin provided several strong carries up the middle and through heavy traffic, and was the final push for three of the Titans four touchdowns. Martin also recovered two fumbles, showing his strength on defense, as well. Sannes surprised the Vandals in this game, carrying the ball several times himself, including a 35-yard run on third and 31 for a touchdown in the first quarter, starting Chandler Prep’s scoring. The Titans offense also was successful on multiple fourth down conversions, including a 25-yard pass down the sideline to junior WR Andrew Cook, and were able to drive the ball down the field continuously, showing dominance over the Miami Vandals.
Working hard to snuff out any potential scoring threats, the Titans defense once again established itself as a strength of the CPA team. The Vandals made it into Titans territory once, by one yard, before being sacked and pushed back to their own 49, followed by a penalty and another sack, retreating further to their own 30 yard line. The Chandler Prep defense also often allowed the offense to start with excellent field position, creating three fumbles and an intercepted pass by junior Cook, his second interception of the season. Even when Miami was not hurting its own cause with penalties, the Titans defense created pressure up front, often holding the Vandal offense to no gain.
This Friday, the Titans hope to stay perfect at home when they host San Manuel High School in their second region game.