Falcons Lasso Mavericks

November 11, 2016

When a junior running back breaks long gains all night, running for four touchdowns and catching another touchdown pass, in a 41-9 drubbing of rival La Costa Canyon and the Avocado League championship, the story writes itself. But that’s not the story that running back, Sully O’Brien, would tell. I watched him as JV star last year in pre-game warm ups. As backup quarterbacks practiced on the sidelines, who was shagging balls for them? Sully. So I think his story of the Falcons’ win would feature his teammates, starting with Luke Duerr. In the fourth quarter Torrey Pines was backed up to their own 6 yard line. Then a Falcon streaked downfield outdistancing all his pursuers. Of course I expected to see O’Brien’s number again, but outrunning the Maverick secondary was Duerr, the power back who normally makes his yardage by running straight over would-be tacklers. I haven’t seen that combination of speed and power since Earl Campbell. His 78 yard gain set up O’Brien’s fifth touchdown two plays later.

Then there’s Carson Ward with a 30 yard touchdown run of his own, Gabe Gmyr whose fancy footwork sheds tacklers like teflon, quarterback Jason Heine whose running gives Torrey Pines a triple option threat, and of course the offensive line which opens those holes. See “Cerebral lineman thrives in Torrey Pines’ wing-T offense”, San Diego Union Tribune, 11/5/16, http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/sd-sp-preps-yusaykurosu-20161105-story.html

Even when the Falcons keep it mostly on the ground as they did against the Mavericks, the aerial game keeps the defense honest. Quarterback Miles Hastings hit Michael Gadinas for a 24 yard gain in the first quarter, loosening up the defense, and connected with O’Brien for screen passes in crucial third down conversions.

Don’t forget the defenders. The Maverick quarterback was pressured all night while their receivers were covered by Falcon defenders including Peter Nelson and Nick Clapp. Trailing 20-3 as the second half opened LCC was driving to get back into the game. A pass completion to the Falcon 20 would have set them up to score, but Clapp stripped the ball and Beau Morgans grabbed it and sprinted to the Maverick 25, and Torrey Pines scored to go up 27-3.

An LCC pass into the end zone would have gone for a touchdown but was knocked away by Johnny Hastings. Then on third and seven Falcons swarmed into the backfield for a sack and LCC went for it on fourth down. Ty Helfrich and Kevin Misak sacked the quarterback for a huge loss and turnover on downs.

On their next series the Maverick receivers couldn’t beat Clapp’s coverage on the sidelines. Then they threw for the end zone but Clapp made the interception giving Torrey Pines the ball at their own 4. After Duerr’s big run Torrey Pines was up 34-3. Falcon defenders stripped the ball on a quarterback keeper and again had the ball in Maverick territory at the 30. It took just one play, a run by Ward, to put the Falcons up 41-3.

Torrey Pines has a first round bye and opens playoffs November 18 at Cathedral Catholic.


Nick Clapp’s night included a forced fumble and interception. Photo Anna Scipione


Sully O’Brien carried for four TD’s and caught for one. Photo Anna Scipione


Falcons Tame Grizzlies

November 11, 2016

I was out of town for this game, so for the story I bring you the always excellent tweets from @Torrey PinesFB_2016, lightly edited. I’ll credit him by name, with permission.

The Torrey Pines Falcons won on the road against the Mission Hills Grizzlies, 33-14. Let’s go to the action on the field.

The Falcons kickoff to start the game. Touchback. Grizzlies ball on the 20. Defense starts strong. 3 and out. Grizzlies punt fair caught at our 40.

Opening carry by Heine gains 12. Duerr adds 9 more on the next play. Falcons facing 4th and 2 from the 26. Fumble. Grizzlies return to the Falcon 40. Unsportsmanlike conduct brings it back 15. Grizzlies drive into the red zone. 1st and 10 from the 20. 1st and goal for Grizzlies from the 8. Mission Hills TD. PAT good. 7-0, 2:33 left in 1st.

Hastings pass to Gadinis good for a 1st down and moves the ball to midfield. End of 1st: Torrey Pines 0, Mission Hills 7.

Duerr powers for 16 yards to push the Falcons into the red zone. 1st and goal at the 9. Duerr crosses the line for a TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Alworth PAT good. Tied at 7, 8:55

Mission Hills breaks off a 70-yard run to the 1 yard line. QB keeper, TD Grizzlies. PAT good. 14-7, 7:48

Facing 4th and inches, the Falcons convert for a 1st and 10 from the Grizzlies 37. On the sneaky reverse, Gmyr carries 30-yards for a TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Alworth PAT good. 14-14. 2:48 left in half.

With 1:13 left in half, Falcon D forces a Grizzlies punt. Fair catch. 1st and 10 at our 30. Halftime: Mission Hills and Torrey Pines tied at 14

We are back on the field for the 2nd half. Falcons back to receive. No return. 1st and 10, at the 20. The reverse works again. This time Beau Morgans picks up 16 to put the ball on the Falcon 35. Montes carries the ball into Grizzlies territory. 1st down on the 38. Torrey is in the red zone on a Heine carry. 1st down on the 16. Sully carries the ball to the 4. 1st and goal. 3rd and goal from the 1, and Duerr converts for a TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. PAT good. 21-14, Torrey Pines. 3:28

Falcon defender Schneider goes off and forces a punt. Punter attacked by Scotty Gange for a SAFETY FALCONS!! Add 2 for us. 23-14, 1:35 End of 3rd: Torrey Pines 23, Mission Hills 14

Sully sweeps right and flies down the sideline to open the 4th and carries the ball to the Grizzlies 28. Alworth splits the uprights for a 38-yard FIELDGOAL FALCONS. 26-14, Torrey Pines. 9:41

On 4th and a foot for the Grizzlies the Falcon D pounds the line and holds!! 1st and 10 from the MH 42. From the 22, Gmyr runs around the left side to pick up a first and puts us in the red zone. 4:55 Falcons recover our own fumble and lose 3-yards. Ball on 16. Duerr carries to the 6, 4th and 1. Falcons call time out to consider going for it. 2:33.

We are lined up to go for it!!! FIRST DOWN!!! (Barely!!!) 1st and goal, on the 5. 2:27 The Falcons score again as Sully weaves his way into the endzone for a TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Alworth PAT good. 33-14, Torrey Pines. 2:20

Louis Bickett owns the air defense tonight. Great pass coverage all night. 2. :21 left. Grizzlies ball on our 28. Schneider and Helfrich sack the Grizzlies QB. Ball now on the 42. Final score: Torrey Pines 33, Mission Hills 14


Louis Bickett leads Falcon pass coverage. Photo Anna Scipione


Scotty Gange added a safety. Photo Anna Scipione

Falcons Upend Lancers

November 11, 2016

I was out of town for this game, so for the story I bring you the always excellent tweets from @TPFB_2016, lightly edited. I’ll credit him by name, with permission.

The Carlsbad Lancers visited the Torrey Pines Falcons who prevailed in a tough fought game, 21-14. Let’s go to the action on the field.

Hastings and Gadinis connect to move the sticks for the first time this game. Ball on our 38. The Falcon drive stalls on our 45. Punt.

Lancers take over on offense on their 19. Lancers go 3 and out. Punt. Falcon ball on our 42. Lancer apparent TD called back on a holding penalty. Ball on the Falcon 28, 1st and 18. End of 1st quarter: Torrey Pines and Carlsbad scoreless The Lancers are first on the board with a 43-yard TD pass. PAT good. 7-0, 8:57 left

AndrĂ© Meiers returns the kick from the 1 to the Lancer 48. Shifty running QB Jason Heine move the Falcons to the 29. Sully O’Brien carries the ball to the 3. 1st and goal Falcons. Duerr crashes through the middle of the line for a TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Alworth PAT good. We are tied at 7. 4:56

Carlsbad touchdown. PAT good. 14-7, 2:57 Halftime: Carlsbad 14, Torrey Pines 7

We’ve kicked off for the 2nd half at TPHS. Lancer ball. Kevin Misak and David Niddrie going off on D forces a Lancer punt. Falcon ball on our 27. End of the 3rd: Carlsbad 14, Torrey Pines 7

The Falcons are in the red zone. 1st and 10 from the 11. QB keeper by Heine for a TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Alworth PAT good. Tied at 14. 10:27

Falcons have the ball in the red zone again. 3rd and 4 from the 14. Duerr carries the ball for 4 yards. 1st and goal Falcons are on the half yard line facing 4th down. Time out to think about it. 2:58 Falcons are going for it. …… Duerr goes untouched up the middle for a TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Alworth PAT good. 21-14, Falcons. 2:54

Lancer pass picked off by Clapp at our 47!!!!!!! 1:42 O’Brien carries across midfield. Carlsbad timeout. They have 2 remaining. 1:34 Falcon ball on the 42, facing 3rd and 3. O’Brien carries for 2.

4th down Timeout Carlsbad. 1:20 Falcons line up to go for it. 1st down Falcons!!! Carlsbad out of timeouts. :53 left. Taking a knee to run out the clock for the win. Final score: Carlsbad 14, Torrey Pines 21


Torrey Pines’ kicker, Nino Alworth. Photo Anna Scipione