Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Titans dominate third straight week UPCOMING GAMES
By Justice delos Santos SPORTS EDITOR
Over the last three weeks, everything has seemed to click for the Titans and their level of play couldn’t be any better. With a positive atmosphere on and off the field, due in part to the Titans latest surge, Hercules held the Piner Prospectors to only 12 points in their qGirls Tennis 21-12 win and putting their third straight victory in vs. St. Josephs the books, September 20th. 10/1/2013 While the Prospectors sputtered coming out at Hercules of the gate, the Titans established a lead when quarterback Louis Michaels connected with qWater Polo Antwuin Prowes for a 55-yard touchdown only two vs. Alameda minutes into the game, giving the Titans an early 10/3/2013 7-0 lead. at Alameda Despite the sweet taste the highlight pass provided, the Titan offense turned sour, punting qGirls Golf away five straight offensive possessions without vs. St. Patricks converting a first down for the remainder of the 10/3/2013 first quarter and a large chunk of the second at Hercules quarter. Titan defense remained sturdy, forcing two qCross-Country turnovers and making Piner punt away four of their Artichoke seven attempts while not allowing the Prospectors Invitational to convert a third down. 10/5/2013 The Hercules offense got the slap in the face they at Half Moon Bay needed with 1:35 left in the first half, marching into the end zone when senior Jerrick Bernstein ran for qFootball a two-yard touchdown to increase their lead to 14, vs. Albany giving the Titans a jolt going into the half. 10/11/2013 A needed spark on offense was found in senior at Albany Josh Jackson, who cut through Piner defense and bolted 70-yards down the sideline to increase the Support your fellow Titans lead to 21 late third quarter. Titans during their The Prospectors offense seemed to find the fire sports games! they were looking for, slowly crept up on the Titan defense. The following possession, Piner marched
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The Titans varsity football team raises their helmets during the national anthem. down the field from their own 20-yard line, converting five first downs over six minutes and reaching the end zone with 9:50 left in the 4th quarter on a four yard pass. Even after a failed two-point conversion, the Prospectors had cut the Titans lead to two possessions, making the score 21-6. Memories of the first half didn’t put a dampening on the Piner offense, as they would take advantage of the great field position, squeezing in on a fourth-and-goal situation at the Titan one-yard line, opening the window of opportunity for the Prospectors wide open. Except the Prospectors weren’t out of the woods yet. If the Prospectors wanted to stay in the game
Jogathon funds team By Chandrim Sharma STAFF WRITER
This September, the Titans put on some extra miles for more than the exercise. Hercules High school hosted their annual JogA-Thon Sept. 4-5, 4PM 6PM to raise money to pay for team expenses such as uniforms and meets. Organized by crosscountry coach Kyle Whitmore, this year’s event featured over 30 athletes
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from the cross-country team and proved to be a success. ‘‘Everyone started out strong,” HHS senior Kai Seale said. “Everyone was prepared to run strong and just [had] a good run.” Each runner raised more than $50 for the team, some even up to a few hundred. There were two ways to raise money: through flat donations or through pledges per lap. The event featured both male and female athletes from JV and Varsity, many
of whom had participated in this annual Jog-A-Thon before. Boy’s varsity captain and HHS junior Deep Singh, who ran the most laps during the event, ran 40 laps, or about ten miles. This event was not only for funding purposes but also for the runners to showcase their athletic talent. According to Seale, the cross country team is expected to do fairly well this season. Many players are looking forward to this year’s results.
9/19 LOSS v. Albany 307-300 9/4 WIN v. Albany 315-327
9/12 WIN v. Richmond 7-0 9/10 WIN v. El Cerrito 6-1 9/5 LOSS v. St. Patrick St. Vincent 3-4
9/17 LOSS v. St. Mary’s 0-3 9/11 LOSS v. Antioch 0-3 9/10 LOSS v. San Lorenzo 0-3
and have any chance of sending the game into overtime, the Prospectors would have to convert the two-points. The Prospectors passed and as the play developed, hope for the Piner’s seem to look up. The Piner quarterback threw a perfect dart right into the hands of one of his receivers. Hope dissipated for Piner when the intended receiver let the ball slip right through his hands, shutting the door on Piner’s chances for a win. Piner would get one more crack with 3:30 left in the 4th, but Hercules senior Anthony Vasquez would end their chances, intercepting a pass deflected by Joseph Vasquez and putting the nail in the coffin for another Titan victory.