Falcon Frosh Fall Short at Poway

October 2, 2015

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.

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Photo / Morgan Schreiber

Falcon linebackers Mike Schreiber (center) and Jack Foate (right) sack Poway’s QB

Poway JV Defeats Falcons

October 2, 2015

The JV Falcons fell to visiting Poway 14-7. After a scoreless first quarter the Titans got on the board capping a drive from their own 17 with a 34 yard touchdown pass. Poway had good field position to increase their lead but stalled at the Falcon 25. They went for it on 4th and 4 and came up short against a tackle by Drew Kali. Torrey Pines finally got their offense on track with just 1:30 left in the half on the running of Jacob Leone and of quarterback Chris Temby, and receptions by Peter Nelson and Ryan Cesari. But with 1st and goal at the Titan 8, the half ran out.

In the second half Torrey Pines was marching again when Jack Nelson took a handoff, got a block, broke a tackle and sprinted 38 yards to the end zone to tie the game 7-7. On the next series when Peter Nelson intercepted near midfield it looked like the Falcons’ chance to go ahead. Facing 4th and 14 Torrey Pines lined up in punt formation, then the “kicker”, Gunnar Braun passed to Parker Williams for a 1st down at the Titan 33. Under strong pressure, Temby was intercepted and Poway drove 53 yards to go ahead 14-7 for the win.


Jack Nelson scored 38 yard touchdown run

Poway Comeback Win Over Torrey Pines

October 2, 2015

With a balanced attack, solid defense, and special teams the Torrey Pines Falcons bested the Poway Titans soundly for three quarters. Unfortunately the Titans played four quarters and finished on top 38-20. The game opened with a punting duel, neither team able to make more than a single first down each possession. Then on a Titans pass completion the ball was shaken loose, Matthew Feeler grabbed it and ran 45 yards for the game’s first score. Falcons 7-0.

Lightning struck again on the next play as Titan Jared Adelman fielded the kickoff deep and returned it 95 yards to tie the game, 7-7. Torrey Pines drove 75 yards with big runs and receptions by Tristen Alesi, and Feeler bulled it in from the 3. Falcons 14-7. Torrey Pines’ ensuing onside kick was recovered by Scotty Gange to set up the Falcons on the Titan 26. The drive stalled on a sack and a holding call, and Torrey Pines faced 4th and 13 from the 33. Outside field goal range and too close to punt, quarterback Caden Kelley stepped back to pass on a post route. The best outcome would have been a completion, but the Falcons got the second best outcome – an interception. Better than they could hope from a punt, and far better than a turnover on downs, the Titans took the ball on their own 2. The Falcon defense held and after a punt out of the end zone the Falcons were in business on the Poway 30. Poway picked off another pass and drove down to the Falcon 13 before stalling and settling for a field goal. Falcons 14-10.

In the 3rd quarter Poway was driving when 6’7″ senior Stephen Mason deflected a pass at the line, snatched the ball out of the air, and ran 49 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was no good. Falcons 20-10. Poway came right back with a 63 yard drive. A couple of times it looked like Torrey Pines defense would hold, but penalties against the Falcons kept the drive going. Falcons 20-17. As the 3rd quarter ended Poway recovered an onside kick that everyone in the stadium knew was coming.

From then the Titans scored 21 unanswered points, scoring on each of their next drives starting on the Falcon 35, 12, and 18. For their part the Falcons didn’t manage another first down, punted once, and fumbled the ball away three times. Torrey Pines next game is at Carlsbad, October 9th, while Poway hosts Grossmont, October 2nd.


Photo / Anna Scipione
Stephen Mason runs interception 49 yards for touchdown

Torrey Pines High School Football

September 24, 2015

I’ve reactivated my blog, this time as a sports writer. I kind of fell into this job to document the games of my son’s team last year, the freshman Torrey Pines Falcons. This year I’m covering JV and Varsity, and have recently recruited a couple of more talented writers to begin coverage of the freshman team. Most of my articles are published in the Carmel Valley News, who are great people, but who are not able to break the constraints of limited newsprint. So some articles end up published in their online edition but not on paper, and somehow some of them end up published in the paper edition but don’t get posted online. Since the whole point of this is for the players and their families to be able to read about all their games I’ll be posting here on my blog any article that doesn’t make it onto the newspaper website, and to maintain a directory pointing to all of the articles.

Torrey Pines Varsity Football 2015

September 24, 2015

The 2015 Torrey Pines Falcons varsity football team has a 1-3 record. Here are articles on the games published  in the Carmel Valley News (Del Mar Times) or right here on WordPress.

Torrey Pines JV Football 2015

September 24, 2015

The 2015 Torrey Pines Falcons junior varsity football team has a 3-1 record. Here are articles on the games published in the Carmel Valley News (Del Mar Times) or right here on WordPress.

Torrey Pines Freshman Football 2015

September 24, 2015

The 2015 Torrey Pines Falcons freshman football team has a 3-1 record. Here are articles on the games published in the Carmel Valley News (Del Mar Times) or right here on WordPress.


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