By John Schreiber
With the kickoff temperature 94 degrees at Poway High last Thursday afternoon, it was clear that football weather had not yet arrived as the visiting Torrey Pines freshman Falcons took on the home Titans. The defenses for both squads definitely arrived however, resulting in a low-scoring struggle won by Poway 12-10.
Poway scored its only offensive points of the day on a quick four play drive to open the game. After a failed extra point, the Titans led 6-0 with just two minutes gone in the first quarter. Following a 23 yard kickoff return by Evan Galluzzi, the Falcons responded with a methodical nine play drive featuring a 12-yard reverse run by Galluzzi. The result was a 24 yard field goal by Jason Heine, bringing the Falcons back within 3 points with 4:18 remaining in the quarter.
A Poway fumble on the next possession was recovered by the Falcons, who used nice runs by Heine and Porter Hollen to set up a 12 yard touchdown pass from Miles Hastings to Tucker Drawdy, giving the Falcons the lead 10-6 with 1:51 to play in the first quarter.
From there, both defenses really kicked in. Cornerback Jake Nelson broke up a long Titan pass play as the second quarter began, and linebackers Mike Schreiber and Jack Foate sacked Poway’s quarterback for a 17-yard loss to end the half with no further scoring.
Midway through the third quarter, a Falcon punt was blocked and returned for a touchdown. Another botched Titan extra point left the score 12-10 Poway. The teams traded possessions, punts, turnovers and penalties for the remainder of the defensive struggle.
Falcon quarterback Hastings finished 12 for 24 for 165 yards through the air despite four drops by his receiving corps. Drawdy caught 6 passes for 106 yards, while Heine led the Falcon rushing attack with 8 carries for 29 yards. Defensively, linebackers Schreiber, Mac Bingham, and Michael Stearns contributed 10, 7, and 4 tackles respectively.
Photo / Morgan Schreiber
Falcon linebackers Mike Schreiber (center) and Jack Foate (right) sack Poway’s QB