By Gideon Rubin
Torrey Pines came within two minutes of a completing a perfect regular season.
The previously unbeaten Falcons had to settle for almost perfect after losing to La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad 24-21 in a Nov. 12 regular season finale for both teams. The Mavericks scored the game winning touchdown with just under two minutes remaining in the game.
The Falcons, who earlier this month clinched a Palomar League title, fell to 9-1 overall for the season heading into the San Diego Section Div. I playoffs.
The Falcons are the No. 2 seed and have a first-round bye. They will play host to the winner of a Nov. 19 first-round game between San Pasqual of Escondido and Carlsbad on Nov. 26 in the quarterfinals.
John Wilson rushed for 108 yards and one touchdown to lead the Falcons, and Kevin Cuff contributed 88 rushing yards and one touchdown on 11 carries.
Falcons quarterback John Cabot was 7-for-13 passing for 66 yards with one interception, and had one rushing touchdown.
Torrey Pines led 21-17 late in the game, but LCC scored the game winning touchdown with 1:55 left when Garrett Krstich completed a 5-yard scoring pass to Nick Frausto, effectively ending the Falcons bid at perfection.
Cathedral Catholic had a chance to win the Eastern League title outright, but the Dons had to settle for a draw after a tough 28-21 league loss to St. Augustine of San Diego on Nov. 12.
The Dons fell to 4-1 in league and 5-5 overall for the season.
The Dons, who are three-time defending San Diego Section Div. III champions, are the No. 3 seed and have a first-round bye. They will play host to the winner of a Nov. 19 first- round game between El Capitan of Lakeside and Southwest of San Diego on Nov. 26.
Jonny Martin rushed for 146 yards on 28 carries to lead the Dons, and quarterback Garrett Bogart completed four of seven pass attempts for 96 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
The Dons trailed 21-0 late in the first half when Martin scored on a 15-yard run that started a spirited comeback.
Bogart scored on a 26-yard run late in the third quarter, and completed a 14-yard scoring pass to Chance Early midway through the fourth quarter to close the Dons to within 28-21.
Santa Fe Christian concluded its regular season with a 24-20 Coastal League loss Horizon of San Diego on Nov. 12.
The Eagles, who fell to 2-2 in league and 6-4 overall for the season, are seeded No. 4 in the Div. IV playoffs. They have a first-round bye and will play host to the winner of a Nov. 19 first-round game between Escondido Charter and Coronado on Nov. 26.
Josh Estill rushed for 87 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries and Jarrod Watson-Lewis rushed for 82 yards and one touchdown on five carries to lead the Eagles.
Eagles quarterback Connor Moore was 3-for-7 passing for 43 yards and rushed for 38 yards on nine carries.