The Classical Academy football team opened the 2016 season with a lopsided win over Sierra High School. Things went much the same in the Titans’ 43-6 victory over the Stallions in both teams’ opener Friday at Memorial Stadium where the clock ran for almost all of the second half.
The Stallions prevented a second straight shutout in the final minute against TCA’s reserves.
Sierra got on the board quarterback Andre Clemons saw receiver Xavier Brown out-jump a pair of TCA defensive backs and haul in a pass in the back corner of the end zone with less than a minute to play.
“It’s very good to finish a game like that when you’ve obviously had some very disappointing things happen throughout the course of the game,” Sierra coach Shane Rowland said. “That sets up for some things next week.”
Just like 2016, Titan quarterback Cade Bethany gave the Stallions problems on the ground and through the air. The senior rushed for two touchdowns and passed for a third.
“He’s pretty electric,” Titan coach Justin Rich said. “When he gets loose, he’s hard to catch.”
Bethany took a keeper through the middle and bounced it to the sideline for a 55-yard touchdown on TCA’s first offensive play.
“It gets the jitters out and gets everything rolling,” Bethany said.
The Titan quarterback scored his second touchdown on the team’s second drive and made it 29-0 early in the second quarter when he found tight end Brady Miller wide open in the flats for another long score.
A pair of touchdown runs by Brayden Luft – his first went 75 yards through the middle – helped the Titans take a 36-0 lead to half.
Bethany and Luft finished with multiple scores behind an offensive line that routinely opened sizable holes.
“Our offensive line was great tonight,” Rich said.
On TCA’s first drive of the second half, Jenson Hall broke a 25-yard touchdown run around the right side, bringing the running clock into play with 10 minutes left in the third.
Sierra travels to Cheyenne Mountain in Week 2, while TCA hosts Sterling.