Coming off an away opener loss to powerhouse Punahou, Hawaii, 23-7, the Torrey Pines Falcons won handily over Santa Fe Christian 35-17. The Falcon offensive line dominated the Eagles and senior running back Sully O’Brien and junior Mac Bingham were unstoppable, while the Torrey Pines defense led by senior linebacker Jack Nelson made key tackles and an interception to thwart the Eagle offense. The bad news for the Falcons was their mistakes, penalties and fumbles, costing them scoring opportunities. The good news for the Eagles was the talent showed by many of their players.
On their second possession Torrey Pines got its running game in gear with Bingham, O’Brien, and senior Beau Morgans alternating big gains moving 89 yards with Bingham scoring, Falcons 7-0. SFC started with great field position on the 37 after Chase Baptista fielded the kickoff at the goal line. Passes from Michael Linguadoca to seniors Joshua Thomas and Joe Burich moved the ball to the Falcon 10 where the drive stalled and they settled for a field goal, Falcons 7-3. O’Brien took the kickoff from the goal line to the 30 and soon Bingham streaked through the line 58 yards to make it 14-3.
SFC began to move the ball again but were brought short on a jarring tackle by senior Michael Perrone, a name we heard called from the booth many times. Starting from their own 5 after the punt, Torrey Pines picked up a first down only to lose a fumble which was returned for an Eagle touchdown, Falcons 14-10. On the next series the Falcons drove to the Eagle 2, with a 57 yard pass completion from junior Jason Heine to O’Brien. A fourth down pass appeared complete in the end zone but referees ruled he didn’t have control of the ball before he stepped out. The Eagles couldn’t move the ball from deep in their territory, and their punt was partially blocked, setting up Torrey Pines at the 35, where another fumble gave it back to SFC. They marched downfield with Linguadoca’s passing and scrambling and Burich’s runs and catches. But after Nelson got a sack to force fourth and long, a field goal attempt was blocked.
Penalties ended Torrey Pines’ first drive of the second half, and Nelson ended SFC’s. Then O’Brien caught a pass and rambled 56 yards to make it 21-10. A short punt set up the Falcons on the Eagle 38. O’Brien swept wide and cut sharply inside to pick up 24 yards and the touchdown, Falcons 28-10. SFC went back to basics and moved on the ground with running of Baptista and Demitri Washington. Then the Eagles tried a trick play, a reverse halfback pass, and Nelson jumped inside the receiver for the interception. The Falcons ran it downfield and Bingham took it in for his third score, 35-10. With time running out fullback Jack Miles spearheaded a final Eagle drive and scored. Senior quarterback Chris Temby took knees to end the game. Final, Falcons 35 Eagles 17.
Torrey Pines is 1-1 and plays at Fallbrook Sept. 8. SFC falls to 0-2 and faces La Jolla next away.