PHOTOS Prep football: Golden Gate crushes St. John Neumann, 36-7, in kickoff classic

GOLDEN GATE 36, ST. JOHN NEUMANN 7

Golden Gate 8 21 7 0 — 36

St. John Neumann 0 0 0 7 — 7

SCORING

First quarter

GG – Devin Woods 3 run (Javon Burks run) 1:55

Second quarter

GG – Erik Ybarra 18 run (Jorge Moreno kick) 7:36

GG – Shun Knowles 15 run (Jorge Moreno kick) 7:23

GG – Shun Knowles 4 run (Jorge Moreno kick) 1:59

Third quarter

GG – Javon Burks 1 run (Jorge Moreno kick) 6:36

Fourth quarter

SJN– Garrett Braun 6 pass from Dylan Woods (Zach Wittenburg kick) 1:19

— As dress rehearsals go, the Golden Gate Titans had to like what they saw in Friday night’s Kickoff Classic preseason football game at St. John Neumann.

Brandishing speed and versatility, the Titans of new head coach Steve Crowley hustled to a 36-7 victory over the outmanned Celtics.

With the exhibition meeting of neighborhood rivals in the books, the Titans and Celtics now look ahead to next Friday’s regular-season openers. The Titans will be at Gulf Coast High while Neumann will travel to Miami-Westminster Christian School.

“We got off to a little bit of a slow start and made some mental mistakes,” Crowley said. “Overall, I liked what I saw physically. The attitude on the sidelines was what I wanted. But we will definitely have to lift up our level of play next week.”

The Titans struck late in the first period on a 3-yard keeper by quarterback Devin Woods, who diced through the right side for the TD. Placekick holder Javon Burks ran in the two-point conversion on a fake with 1:55 to go.

Two touchdowns within 13 seconds of one another helped Golden Gate get a cozy lead at 22-0.

Erik Ybarra rumbled around the left end from 18 yards out with 7:36 left in the half. Neumann fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Titans got it at the SJN 15. Shun Knowles took a pitch from Woods and darted around the left end for a six-pointer on first down. On both scores, Jorge Moreno tacked on PAT kicks.

Knowles scored again — this time from four yards out with 1:59 left in the half — to blow things wide open.

The Titans demonstrated that they have some offensive firepower not only with Knowles, but with Woods and Burks at quarterback. They both can play wide receiver as well because of their good speed.

After the Titans scored midway through the third period on a 1-yard run by Burks to make it 36-0, the running clock went into effect.

Neumann put together a good drive and got on the board late in the game on a 6-yard pass from Dylan Woods to Garrett Braun.

E-mail Tom Rife at heart22@comcast.net

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