by Mitch Lehman
Every square inch of free space in Titan Stadium’s home grandstand was covered with brightly painted paper, as if Cristo had turned the place into a subject for one of his vast works of environmental art.
The remarkable concept was courtesy of San Marino’s exceptional cheerleaders, who spent countless hours creating their passionate pastiche – and precious few hours sleeping – to make Homecoming 2013 a memorable experience.
La Cañada will have no problem recalling last Friday night’s contest as the Spartans were overwhelmed by a Titan defense that wrapped them tighter than the bleachers, allowing just one rogue touchdown run on their way to a 55-7 victory.
“I am proud of the way we played,” said head Coach Mike Hobbie. “Defensively, we shut them down pretty bad. Offensively, we scored every time we touched the ball. It’s hard to get much better than that.”
Ditto for Titan quarterback Andrew Ferraco, who completed all ten of his passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns.
“Andrew had a great game,” Hobbie continued. “That was probably his best game of the season. He threw the ball extremely well. Ten for ten and three touchdowns? That’s pretty darn good.”
Defensively, linebackers Paul Krimmel and Daniel Walsh were lauded for their sideline-to-sideline coverage while Mark Wicke, Tyler Spitzer and Will Cobb intercepted passes for the Titans, who improved to 6-1 overall, 2-0 in the Rio Hondo League.
Cobb’s “pick-six’ effort was returned for a touchdown, an appropriate cherry placed on top of a tasty Homecoming cake.
“I thought we played a very good team game on both sides of the line of scrimmage and our offensive line did a great job again,” said Hobbie. “The offense doesn’t go anywhere unless the line gets them there. They are playing well as a unit.’
Hobbie also praised another yeoman effort by Tyler Spitzer.
“He is having a great season,” said the coach.
The Titans led by the comparatively low score of 21-7 at the half, but got things rolling after the Homecoming fireworks with some bottle rockets of their own. Junior Tenny McFarlane rushed for 112 yards on 13 carries and scored twice. Ferraco ran for two and threw for three more, connecting twice with Spitzer (one a 65-yard score) and once with sophomore J.P. Shohfi for a 29-yard touchdown.
Senior defensive Alex Knott played one of the better games of his career, racking up seven tackles and a quarterback sack. Krimmel, linebacker Matt Miller, defensive end Larsen Cobb and defensive back Joey Wagner recorded five tackles apiece while Adam Padilla, Justin Hill and Wicke chipped in with four apiece. Padilla – who was returning from a serious ankle injury – also recorded two quarterback sacks. Will Derrick made seven of his eight extra point attempts – the one that was ruled to have traveled wide of the upright might have been too high for the official to properly track.
Put this down and head to Pasadena’s John Muir High School, where the Titans face Blair tonight at 7:00 p.m. The winless Viking are struggling again, but Hobbie praised the squad for their perseverance and toughness as well as “a couple guys who can take it to the house any time.”
San Marino returns home for their final two Rio Hondo League contests on consecutive Fridays against Temple City on November 1 and top-ranked Monrovia on November 8. The latest CIF poll has the Titans ranked fifth.
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