Cathedral Catholic last season lost its season opener to Steele Canyon, a defeat that started a stunning three-game slide for the perennial San Diego Section power.
The Dons exacted a measure of revenge with a resounding 27-7 victory over Steele Canyon in a nonleague opener for both teams on Sept. 2.
The Dons went on to win their fourth consecutive San Diego Section Div. III title last season after losing to Steele Canyon 35-12 in their opener.
Their three-game losing streak followed an amazing run in which the Dons had won 34 of their last 35 games going back to 2007.
Tony Johnson rushed for 108 yards with one touchdown on 20 carries to lead the Dons, and JJ Stavola gained 50 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries.
Dons quarterback Garrett Bogart was 6 for 9 passing for 99 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
The Dons defense combined for four interceptions with Patrick Downing making two picks, one of which he returned 33 yards for a pivotal touchdown.
The Dons took an early lead when Stavola scored on a 19-yard run early in the game, and then Downing returned an interception for a touchdown on Spring Valley’s next possession, giving the Dons a 14-0 lead.
Jake Terlozi led the Dons with 10 tackles, and Toshaun Poumele had nine tackles.
Bryce Hageman and Alex Edwards Johnson each had one interception for the Dons.
Torrey Pines coach Scott Ashby believed that his team would eventually build on its best season in years after the Falcons went 10-2 and advanced the San Diego Section Div. I semifinals in 2010.
But after heavy graduation losses, he just wasn’t sure how long it would take for his team to play up to the level it did last season.
The early turns suggest the Falcons may be coming along faster than expected.
Torrey Pines opened the season with a 35-7 dismantling of Colton in a nonleague game on Sept. 2.
Billy Maggs led the Falcons, rushing for 127 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries.
He was among four Falcons who scored rushing touchdowns. Andrew Fargo, Colin Brown and David Bagby were the others.
Quarterback Andrew Perkins was an efficient 11 for 15 passing for 132 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Bagby’s scoring run from the 1 midway through the first quarter set the tone for the Falcons win.
Jack Mitchell contributed field goals from 31 and 28 yards out.
San Diego Jewish Academy fell behind early, but the Lions rallied to defeat Milkin of Los Angeles 25-8 win the first ever “Bagel Bowl” on Sept. 1.
The game was the first ever meeting between two sanctioned football teams representing Jewish high schools.
Lions quarterback Micah Weinstein was 21 for 30 passing for 188 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Jeremy Danzig rushed for 70 yards on 11 carries, and Noam Baltinester gained 39 yards on 10 carries.
Ethan Laser caught seven passes for 87 yards, and Adam Sloane had eight catches for 48 yards.
Adam Sloane led the Lions with six tackles, and Weinstein had five tackles and one sack.
Laser had two interceptions.
Santa Fe Christian lost to Westview 21-0 in a season opener for both teams on Sept. 2.
The Eagles were led by Jarrod Watson-Lewis, who rushed for 92 yards on 11 carries.