Dons' winning streak ends in narrow loss

Cathedral Catholic's remarkable run is over.

The Dons saw their 26-game winning streak snapped on Oct. 16 when they lost to Lincoln of 22-21 in an Eastern League opener for both teams.

The Dons' winning streak went back to 2007 and included two Div. III San Diego Section titles and a Div. II state title last season. Their streak was the longest in school history and the fourth longest in county history.

The Dons led 14-3 at halftime and opened up a commanding 21-3 lead late in the third quarter when quarterback Max Brewer rushed for a touchdown from the 1-yard line.

But Lincoln quarterback Jake Marion led an inspired comeback, throwing for three touchdowns as the Hornets scored 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to send the Dons to their first defeat since Sept. 28, 2007, when they lost to Otay Ranch, 21-9.

The Dons fell to 5-1 overall for the season.

Trailing 3-0 early, the Dons broke through in the second quarter, scoring on Jonny Martin's run from the 4, and Brewer's 43-yard pass to Derek Thomas.

Martin rushed for 194 yards on 26 carries to lead the Dons, and Brewer completed 10 of 15 pass attempts for 171 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Santa Fe Christian extended its unbeaten season with a 39-17 nonleague victory over Coronado on Oct. 17.

San Hoekstra rushed for 233 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown and also returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown.

Eagles quarterback Keaton Giannotti was 2-for-2 passing for 125 yards and two touchdowns, completing an 84-yard scoring pass to Trent Von Yokes and a 41-yarder to Bobby Zarubin.

The Eagles improved to 6-0 overall for the season.

Torrey Pines appeared to be on its way to what would have been their most significant post-Ed Burke era victory, but in the end the Falcons had to settle for a tie.

The upset-minded Falcons blew a seven-point lead in the closing minutes of a 21-21 tie with unbeaten Escondido in an Avocado League opener for both teams on Oct. 16.

John Wilson rushed for 80 yards on seven carries and Joseph Driscoll rushed for 51 yards on 14 carries to lead the much-improved Falcons, who are playing their ball since Scott Ashby took over the program for Falcons coaching Burk in 2007.

Last season, Escondido beat the Falcons 55-28.

The Falcons broke a 14-14 deadlock early in the fourth quarter on Kevin Cuff's scoring run from the 1. But Escondido rallied in the closing minutes to tie the game at 21-21.

The Falcons effort left them with a 2-3-1 overall record for the season.

  • Volleyball:

An Oct. 13 nonleague match between Santa Fe Christian and Canyon Crest Academy featured one of San Diego County's most perennially dominant programs and one of its most intriguing upstarts.

The established program won, as SFC defeated CCA 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-17).

Mackenzie Gilbert had 16 kills to lead the Eagles, and Annie Francis contributed 11 kills. Setters Alexa Long and Christie Duoos had 27 and 14 assists, respectively, for the Eagles.

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