The Gunn High football team went into Friday night's home opener with the possibility of going 2-0 for the first time since 2002. Thanks to big plays by Kevin Sharp and Andre Guzman, the Titans reached their goal with a 28-6 nonleague victory win over Carlmont.
Gunn is off to its best start since the 2002 team started the season 6-0 en route to an 8-4 season that saw the Titans advance to the Central Coast Section semifinal game. The Titans' opening two wins extends their winning streak to four game as they won the last two of 2011 campaign. The four-game win streak is also the longest win streak since the 2002 season
Thanks to scoring plays of 95, 93 and 70 yards in the first half and 32 yards in the second, the Titans got off to a quick lead and never trailed.
The game started out in strong fashion when Sharp took the opening kickoff and found a nice hole, thanks to great blocking, and went untouched for a 95-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead.
"The blocking set up a great hole," said Sharp. "I saw a couple of guys trying to close in but I got past them and saw open field."
While the touchdown stunned Carlmont, the Scots did muster two good drives in the first quarter, with the second drive ending just inches from the end zone when Gunn defense stopped Carlmont.
The Titans found themselves hugging the end zone but, after a couple of plays moved it out to their own seven, Guzman hit Sean Lydster on a screen pass and Lydster went 93 yards for the touchdown -- thanks again to great blocking. Guzman ran for a two-point conversion as Gunn took a 14-0 lead with 31 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The next time Carlmont had the ball, it got to Gunn's 30. The Titans' defense rose up again on a fourth-at-1 and stopped the Scots. One play later, Guzman was at it again when he hit Mike Jorgensen in stride at midfield and Jorgensen ran into the end zone for a 70-yard touchdown.
"We had some nice blocking tonight," said Gunn coach Dan Navarro. "Guzman did a good job of hitting receivers and there were some big plays."
In the second half, Carlmont continued to move the ball and, with 2:47 left in the third quarter, the Scots had fourth-and-8 from Gunn's 21. However, Sharp tackled the Carlmont receiver three yards short of the first down and the Titans took over at their own 16.
At this point, the Titans did a masterful job of moving the ball and eating the clock. Gunn drove 84 yards in 12 plays and ate up 7:35 of clock with Sharp catching a 32-yard pass from Guzman for the touchdown and a 28-0 lead. Guzman was 8-for-8 for 92 yards on the drive.
Guzman finished 13 of 16 for 274 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. His three touchdown passes gives him four for the season with no interceptions. Gunn has not committed a turnover while collecting three opponent turnovers.
Palo Alto 40, San Benito 21
Senior Matt Tolbert rushed for a career-high 201 yards on 15 carries and junior Keller Chryst completed 12 of 30 passes for 248 yards to lead the Vikings to a season-opening win in Hollister.
Paly rallied from three deficits, the final one when junior Malcolm Davis scored on a 26-yard run with 2:21 left in the third. That gave the Vikings a 26-21 lead they never relinquished. Davis finished with three TDs.
Paly pulled away after that with Chryst hitting Davis on a 19-yard scoring play. A two-point conversion made it 34-21.
A 25-yard touchdown pass from Chryst to Tolbert with 2:40 left wrapped up the Vikings' season-opening win.
Chryst also threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Davis and a 36-yarder to Jayshawn Gates-Mouton, finishing with four scoring passes. Tolbert added a 74-yard TD jaunt, giving Paly a short-lived 20-14 lead.
Tolbert averaged 13.4 yards per carry in addition to catching two passes for 33 yards and leading the defense with 6.5 tackles. Davis caught six passes for 116 yards while Erik Anderson and Jayshawn Gates-Mouton had 5.5 tackles each on defense.
Sacred Heart Prep 27, Mt. View 3
Senior Ryan Gaertner scored two touchdowns for the second straight week to lead Sacred Heart Prep to a solid nonleague victory over host Mountain View on Friday afternoon.
Gaertner scored on a pair of 2-yard runs after Derek Hunter hauled in a 50-yard scoring toss from Kevin Donahoe, who added a one-yard TD run in the third quarter.
The Gators' defense once again proved tough. SHP has allowed only nine points in its two games.
Sacred Heart Prep (2-0) gained 234 yards on the grounds as Ben Burr Kirven (84 yards on 10 carries), Ryan Gaertner (66 yards on 15 carries) and Jack Del Santo (59 yards on 7 carries) led the way.
Donahoe completed 7-of-10 passes for 128 yards while Hunter caught three passes for 78 yards.
Los Gatos 42, Menlo-Atherton 6
Menlo-Atherton limited the host Wildcats to 201 total yards, but gave up a 93-yard kickoff return and an 87-yard punt return while dropping a lopsided nonleague game on Friday night.