After 679 days of frustration, the Gunn High football team rediscovered the value of hard work. The early days of summer practice and the continued focus on team values paid off.
The Titans traveled to Santa Cruz and beat Harbor, 27-6, Saturday, ending a 14-game losing streak in a game Gunn supporters who made the journey will likely ever forget.
“This win broke our unfortunate streak, and, like coach Kelly called it, we left our ‘demons’ behind,” Titans' team captain Andrew Maltz said. “This was exactly the morale booster our team needed for a long time.”
Especially after getting the jump on Harbor, scoring three times in the first quarter, a sign of a game plan put together with detailed reports.
The Titans (1-2) defense took over from there, creating turnovers and making big stops. The Pirates managed to score in the fourth quarter, though the game was decided by then.
After recovering a Harbor fumble in the opening minutes of the contest, quarterback Edmond Wu rushed up the middle for a touchdown and that was the closest the Pirates would be the rest of the game.
The Titans’ offense marched up the field, rushing, passing and breaking down the Pirates’ defense. With a 20-0 lead by the end of the first quarter, the Titans were in complete control of the game.
“We made a lot of crucial plays where they mattered, including a couple interceptions, and that combined with our early lead pushed us over the edge,” Maltz said.
Wu had a huge game, leading the Titans on offense. He scored two touchdowns on the ground as well as throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver DJ Barnes. Gunn running back Etienne Daadi also scored a touchdown.
“Now we know that we do have the talent to win games and we know what it takes now,” Wu said. “There’s no more worrying about when we’ll get a win; the mentality is just coming into a game and playing now. I think that this mentality added up with the win will boost our momentum going forward.”
Gunn hosts Andrew Hill in a nonleague game Friday at 7 p.m.