There is a tried and true adage in the sport of football that “defense wins championships,” and on Friday evening San Marino High School’s varsity fotball team took another step towards that goal courtesy of a 57-7 Homecoming win over Temple City, which improved the Titans record to 8-1 and 4-0 in the Rio Hondo League.
The Titans have just one more contest left, a Senior Night challenge against perennial champion Monrovia at San Marino High School on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, the Titans used a 47-point second quarter to put away the Rams. San Marino welcomed back quarterback Brady Beck, who had been sidelined with a fractured thumb on his right hand. Beck completed eight of 13 passes against Temple City for 77 yards and a touchdown.
Parker Wilson also played well in relief of Beck, completing three of six passes for 57 yards and another score. As for the aforementioned defense, sophomore Mitchell Mooney had another cold game, amassing five tackles and hurrying Temple City’s quarterback on three occasions. Julian Solis added five tackles and Coleman Morning posted four. J.J. Wilson also contributed with four tackles for the Titans. Sid Danenhauer had another “big play” contest, adding two tackles. Ryan Park added two tackles and Carson Herren and Tomas Bilvado added three tackles apiece as the Titans ran away and hid. Felix Steinberger added three stops and Liam Van Fossen added four quarterback hurries and caused a fumble. J.J. Wilson also was credited with four tackles, one that was recorded as a loss.
The Titans have a chance to win an outright title on Thursday with a head-to-head win over Monrovia The Titans will tie for the championship with a loss to the Wildcats while South Pasadena can work themselves into the equation with a win over Pasadena Poly. The Wildcats are 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the Rio Hondo League, their lone loss coming at the hands of South Pasadena. San Marino last won a league title in 2018.
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