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 finished the season with a 3-5 record. They won their first round playoff game. Here are articles on the games published  in the Carmel Valley News (Del Mar Times) or here on WordPress.

See also schedule and results for Junior Varsity and Freshman teams

Torrey Pines JV Football 2015

September 24, 2015

The 2015 Torrey Pines Falcons junior varsity football team has a 4-4 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 5-2 record. Here are articles on the games published in the Carmel Valley News (Del Mar Times) or right here on WordPress.

Falcons Fall to Wolverines 7-10

September 24, 2015


The Westview Wolverines met Torrey Pines on Falcons’ Ed Burke Field. In a close fought game with good offensive and defensive performances by both teams, the home team missed opportunities and was defeated 10-7. Westview looked in form on the game’s opening drive, marching down the field from the 22. Sean Davis caught an 18 yard pass and A.J. Leonard had big runs and catches, to move to the Falcon 18 where a tackle by Andrew Jensen and solid pass coverage led to a turnover on downs.

Torrey Pines responded with a nice drive of its own featuring Matthew Feeler and Luke Duerr, but were halted by successive sacks by Patrick O’Neill and Darickus Welborne. From then neither offense could get traction until late in the 2nd period when Westview drove 66 yards behind the running of Leonard and catches by tight end Hans Gieschen. 1st and 10 on the Falcon 14. Then Stephen Mason batted down one pass, and pressured the next hurried incomplete throw, and the Wolverines had to settle for a field goal. Westview 3-0.

In the 3rd quarter David Myung picked off a pass to give Westview the ball on the Falcon 7, and Ben Ratzlaff just got his feet in bounds in the corner of the end zone to haul in a pass to put Westview ahead 10-0. The Falcons came right back with a 90 yard touchdown drive. Duerr broke a 16 yard run and Feeler caught a 10 yard pass. Tristen Alesi caught a pass for a first down, and then caught another pass behind the defenders who had no chance of catching him as he ran 35 yards into the end zone. Westview 10-7.

The Wolverines threatlened to score again, driving from their 20 to the Falcon 5, with receptions by Ratzlaff. But the Falcon defense led by Jacob Montes, and Westview mistakes – a 15 yard penalty – ended their threat and the Falcons held on a 4th and 2 run. Starting on their own 5 with 2:41 left in the game and down by 3 they met solid pass coverage and when on 4th and 5 a pass was batted down by Joe Bennett the Westview victory was sealed.  This week Torrey Pines hosts Poway while Westview plays at San Marcos.

Photo / Anna Scipione
Don’t throw in the direction of #55 Stephen Mason!DSC_6664-X3

Torrey Pines JV Defeats Westview 14-10

September 24, 2015


Torrey Pines JV defeated Westview away, 14-10. The first drive featured Falcon Sully O’Brien who returned the opening kickoff 35 yards, then by ground and air with some help from teammate Jadon Cotton ran it in to put Torrey Pines ahead 7-0. Westview responded with a sustained drive which stalled on a tackle by Louis Bickett and pass pressure from Ethan Choi. Their field goal attempt was blocked.

Later with good field position on the Falcon 47, Westview moved again into field goal range on the running of Bryce Williams and quarterback Will Bensey, and nailed it. Falcons 7-3. Torrey Pines moved with big completions to Parker Williams, and Peter Nelson. O’Brien caught a short pass coming out of the backfield, juked a couple of would be tacklers and crossed the goal line. 14-3. Then in the last minute of the half the Falcons starting from their own 17 tried to widen their lead and suffered an interception by Ryan McWherter, which Westview quickly turned into points of its own on a pass to Noah Cavendish. Falcons 14-10.

The second half was a defensive struggle. Torrey Pines had one good drive on the running of Jack Nelson and Peter Nelson, but despite good scrambling by quarterback Jackie Plashkes the pass pressure finally shut down the Falcons who turned over on downs. Westview also had a good drive on the running of Aaron Powell and passes to Matthew DiPrima and #12, but were stopped in the red zone by Choi, Connor Munoz, and an unyielding Falcon defense.

As the game wound down the teams traded interceptions. One by #29 gave put Westview on the Falcon 41 for their last chance to go ahead, a chance lost when Munoz snatched the ball on the Falcon 8. This week Torrey Pines hosts Poway while Westview plays at San Marcos.

Photo / Walter BaysDSCN2651a
Torrey Pines JV defeats Westview

Falcons Fall to Mission Hills 0-23

September 24, 2015


Ed Burke Field was packed Friday as the #1 ranked Mission Hills Grizzlies opened their season against the #6 ranked 1-0 Torrey Pines Falcons. Although the Falcons showed talent and execution worthy of their high ranking, the Grizzlies played like a #1 team and took the win 23-0. Mission Hills drove the opening kickoff 76 yards to take an early 7-0 lead. Torrey Pines answered with a 79 yard drive of their own, only to lose a fumble at the Grizzly 1. In the 2nd quarter Mission Hills had 126 yards of offense with 7 first downs to the Falcons’ 39 yards and 2 first downs, and added a field goal. Grizzlies 10-0.

In the 2nd half Mission Hills shut down the Falcon offense, took over at midfield and drove for another score, 17-0. Torrey Pines came right back driving from their 20 all the way to the Grizzly 2 but again failed to cross the goal line, turning the ball over on downs. From there Mission Hills moved 98 yards to score the game’s final points, 23-0 after missing the extra point.

Though Torrey Pines came up short in key situations there were bright points for the Falcons. Senior Quarterback Caden Kelly completed clutch passes to Junior tight end Michael Gadinas to keep drives alive, as well as showing poise in a 9 yard scramble for another 1st down. Senior running back Tristen Alesi had some good gains including a 75 yard ramble, playing off downfield blocks, that came within a shoestring of a touchdown. Senior running back Matthew Feeler picked up 7 yards a carry, and as defensive back made a tackle on 3rd and 8 that thwarted another Grizzly drive.

The 1-1 Falcons host rival Cathedral Catholic at 7pm Friday. The Dons are hoping for their first win of the season, having lost to regional powerhouse Santa Margarita 40-14 and to Oaks Christian 35-33.

photo: Anna Scipione
Matthew Feeler on another long gainDSC_4261-X3