It was homecoming night at Mariner's Tony McKenna Field, but Golden Gate was in the mood to spoil party.
After a slow start, the visiting Titans outmanned and outmuscled the Tritons while running away with a 48-14 victory.
Mariner controlled the kick off and methodically drove the ball to Golden Gate's 30-yard line, chewing up most of the first quarter clock in the process. But on fourth down with two yards to go, the Titans stiffened and forced Mariner to give the ball on downs.
Mariner senior Alston Williams (2) picks up a first down during the Tritons' game against Golden Gate Friday night. More photos are available online at: cu.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com.
Quarterback Jorquel Condomina ran the Titans read option offense, making good decisions and getting the ball to Mariner's 3. Tailback Calerb D'Haiti powered in for the touchdown and Golden Gate led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Golden Gate used its superior size and strength in moving the ball on the ground. The next drive resulted in Isaiah D'Haiti rumbling in from 10 yards.
Again, Mariner had success moving the ball, but on a second down play at the Titans' 10, tailback Alston Williams fumbled and the Titans recovered. Four plays later Condomina showcased his throwing ability by finding a wide open Jonathan Villar in the back of the end zone from 48 yards. Kicker Rodolfo Berejio missed the extra-point and Golden Gate led 20-0 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Tritons came to life. Jonah Markovits found Malcolm Ferdinand down the left sideline for an 18-yard touchdown pass slicing the score to 20-6.
Condomina again engineered a deep drive and finished it off by finding tight end Camron Enyart in the end zone from 16 yards away. Condomina walked in untouched off left tackle for the two-point conversion and a 28-6 lead.
Mariner was not going away quietly though as Markovits brought the crowd to life by hitting Ferdinand in stride from 48 yards. Williams converted the two-point attempt and the score was 28-14.
Golden Gate brought in Taylor Anderson to run the offense. They didn't miss a beat and drove to the Mariner 3. From there, fullback Nolan Lynch bulled in and Fedens Romulus added the PAT to lead 35-14.
The Titans defense knocked Markovits out the game, and backup Jacob Ward was unable to advance the ball. The Titans then added two fourth quarter scores to seal the rout.
Mariner coach James Hale was pleased with the effort saying, "We competed hard, playing a lot of 14-15 year-olds is hard because they are learning each week."
Hale takes the Tritons (0-7) on the road next week looking for their first win of the season at Lemon Bay.
Golden Gate 6 14 15 13 - 48
Mariner 0 0 14 0 - 14
GG - C. D'Haiti 3 run (kick failed)
GG - I. D'Haiti 10 run (Condomina run)
GG - Villar 48 pass from Condomina (kick failed)
M - Ferdinand 18 pass from Markovits (kick failed)
GG - Enyart 16 pass from Condomina (Romelus kick)
M - Ferdinand 42 pass from Markovits (Williams run)
GG - C.D'Haiti 3 run (Romelus kick)
GG - I. D'Haiti 18 run (kick failed)