By Bill Butler
The Torrey Pines Falcons defeated the Oceanside Pirates 28-6 to finish the regular season at 5-1-1. Results of league games will determine the seeds for the Palomar Conference playoffs that will begin on Oct. 15.
Torrey Pines used a stout defense to stop the Pirates and to give the Falcons good field position throughout the contest. On their first possession, the Falcons picked up a first down at the Oceanside 32-yard line. On the next play, Zac Friedland raced into the end zone. Ryan Wells added two points with a nice kick, and the score was Torrey Pines 8, Oceanside 0.
On the Falcons’ second possession, Tyler Alexander picked up a couple of first downs before slipping in a pool of water and mud on the field and injuring an ankle. Alexander missed the remainder of the game but should be fine for the playoffs.
The second Falcon touchdown came after a 44-yard run by Jackie Plashkes to the Oceanside 6 yard line. Plashkes began the run to the left side of the formation and maneuvered around and through the defenders to finish the run just short of the goal line on the right side line. A Beau Morgans
Touchdown was called back due to a 15-yard penalty for blocking below the waist. With the ball at the 16, Plashkes took the handoff into the end zone to make the score 14-0. After a penalty for too many men on the field moved the ball back, Wells’ PAT try was long enough and high enough but hit the right upright to bounce astray.
Good defense by the entire Falcon team throughout the game consistently limited the time of possession for the Pirates and gave the Falcons several opportunities to score. Their third score of the first half. A long run by Brandon Ray placed the ball at the Pirates’ 2 yard line. From there, Friedland scored, and Wells added a two-point kick for a 22-0 score at halftime.
The Falcons scored three times on their first possession of the second half before the officials allowed a score to stand. First, with the ball at the 46 yard line, Conner Whitton passed to Friedland, who raced into the end zone untouched. This TD was negated by penalty. On the next play, Friedland, again scored on a run from the 42, only to lose a second TD to a penalty call. With 1st and 25 from their own 45 yard line, Whitton hit Ray with a pass to bring up 2nd and 7. After yet another penalty put the Falcons at 3rd and 7 from the 40, Whitton scrambled for a first down at the 28. Friedland ran the ball to the 4 yard line, and Plashkes scored on the next play: 28-0.
This would end the scoring for the Falcons; Oceanside would score a late touchdown on a well-executed pass play.