The odds were against the San Marino varsity football team when it faced Covina Charter Oak in the CIF Southern Section Central Division championship game in 2015, and it was no different for the Titans in their season opener on the road last Friday.
San Marino jumped out to an early lead but ultimately fell to an inspired Chargers squad, 42-3, in a nonleague contest.
Charter Oak, which was placed six divisions above SMHS, was without legendary head coach Lou Farrar for the first time in more than five decades. His son Dom took over the program after being diagnosed with cancer. Farrar was also battling complications from an infection.
The Titans (0-1 overall record), competing in Division 10, were solid on offense early in the game but were stopped deep in Chargers territory. San Marino kicker Jordan Evans booted a 31-yard field goal to put his team on the board.
That is as good as it got for San Marino, which lost the lead on the ensuing drive when quarterback Joey Bustillos connected with Damir Abdullah for a 30-yard touchdown.
Charter Oak’s special teams and defense came up with two touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away from San Marino.
First-year head coach Justin Mesa will seek his first victory as a Titan this weekend as the team travels back to Covina to take on Northview in a nonleague game this Friday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m.