BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Frontier High had too much Triton Douglas and too much power on its offensive line for Centennial High on Friday night.
The Titans opened Southwest Yosemite League play with an impressive ball-control offense and muscled past the Golden Hawks, 24-14, at Centennial.
"It was pretty important, our first league game," said Douglas, who had 33 carries for 162 yards and touchdown runs of 5 and 2 yards. "We had to make a statement. They have a pretty good team. Our linemen outworked theirs."
Frontier (3-3) leaned on Douglas in the second half: 20 carries for 93 yards, helping the Titans pick up eight rushing first downs over the final two quarters.
Centennial (2-4) was limited to two touchdowns, both keyed by special teams.
An 80-yard TD pass from Evan Moore to Justin Cash and Douglas' 5-yard TD run helped Frontier build a 14-0 lead one play into the second quarter.
Frontier had a chance for more but lost a fumble on the Centennial 10 later in the second quarter.
The Golden Hawks didn't do much initially on their subsequent drive. But punter Andrew Daughtery stunned the Titans with a 62-yard run to make it 14-7.
Douglas' 2-yard TD run in the third quarter made it a two-possession lead for Frontier, but the Golden Hawks blocked a punt early in the fourth quarter and took over at the Frontier 22-yard line.
Five plays later, Noah Frazier scored on a 2-yard run to cut the Titans' lead to 21-14.
On Frontier's next possession, Tyler Kempka put three insurance points on the scoreboard with a 30-yard field goal with 4:32 left.
Centennial moved the ball past midfield before turning the ball over on downs with 2:44 left, effectively clinching the outcome.
"You've got to hand it to them. They found a way to stay in the game," Frontier coach Rich Cornford said. "Defensively, we dominated; special teams wise, they dominated. ... It wasn't the prettiest but we'll take it."