By Gideon Rubin
Rising local football power Torrey Pines gave established local power Cathedral Catholic all it could handle in a hotly contested nonleague showdown.
But in the end, the established power won, as Cathedral defeated the Falcons13-7 in a Sept. 9 game dominated by great defense.
Tony Johnson rushed for 117 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries to lead the Dons, who improved to 2-0 overall for the season.
The Dons, who are four-time defending San Diego Section Div. III champions, were led by quarterback Garrett Bogart, who completed 10 of 12 pass attempts for 112 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Falcons, who made the Div. I semifinals for the first time in five years last season, fell to 1-1. They were led by running back Andrew Fargo, who rushed for 77 yards on 21 carries.
The Dons took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter on Tony Johnson’s scoring run from the 2.
The Falcons tied the game late in the second quarter on David Bagby’s scoring run from six yards out.
Dons kicker Christian Fanning put the Dons ahead 10-7 with 23-yard field goal in the third quarter, and then added a 30-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Santa Fe Christian bounced back from a tough season-opening loss with a nice win.
The Eagles, who were coming off a 21-0 loss to Westview on Sept. 2, got their offense clicking in a 13-12 nonleague victory over Capistrano Valley on Sept. 9.
Tony Miro rushed for 142 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries to lead the Eagles.
Quarterback Connor Moore rushed for 64 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries, and completed three of six pass attempts for 61 yards.
Jarrod Watson-Lewis rushed for 49 yards on seven carries.
The Eagles combined for 281 rushing yards and 342 yards of total offense as they improved to 1-1 overall.
SFC took a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter on Moore’s 35-yard scoring run.
Then after Capistrano Valley tied the game in the game in the second quarter, Miro scored from the 1, and David Ven Vliet kicked in the extra point to give the Eagles a 13-6 lead.
That extra point turned out to be the difference, as Capistrano Valley closed to within 13-12 on a 20-yard scoring pass with under two minutes left in the game, but it failed to convert a two-point conversion.
Santa Fe Christian defeated Francis Parker 2-0 (26-24, 27-25) in a hotly contested nonleague San Diego Fall Classic finals match.
Hannah Hubbard had 10 kills to lead the Eagles, and Katelyn Cuff added eight kills and five blocks.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 7-0.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Torrey Pines 3-2 (23-25, 25-16, 26-24, 16-25, 15-11) in a nonleague game on Sept. 7.
The Dons were led by Morgan Cormier, who had 19 kills and 15 digs, and Krissy Witous, who had 16 kills. Lauren Miller contributed 26 assists.
Kelsey Moore had 18 kills to lead the Falcons, and Madison Dutra added 13 kills.
Torrey Pines senior standout Ashlyn Dadkhah placed third in the Div. I girls’ heat of the Bronco Roundup meet at Kit Carson Park on Sept. 10.
Dadkhah finished the two mile race in 11 minutes, 24 seconds. She was four seconds behind event champion Kelly Lawson of La Costa Canyon.
On the boys’ side, the Falcons were led by Tal Braude, who clocked a 9:58 on the same course for a fourth place finish, and Arjun Kumar (10:00), who placed fifth.
Torrey Pines defeated Rancho Bernardo 185-208 in a nonleague match at Bernardo Heights on Sept. 6.
Hee Wook Choi shot a 3-under-par 33 to lead the Falcons, and Minjia Luo added a 36 score. Sarah Cho and Jennifer Peng each contributed 37 scores for the Falcons, who improved to 3-0 overall.
Cathedral Catholic opened its season with an 8-6 victory over Dos Pueblos (Santa Barbara County) in a nonleague water polo match on Sept. 10
Cody Smith, Bryce Hoerman and Austin Rone each scored two goals to lead the Dons, ad Austin Rone contributed three assists.
Dons goalie Joe Cleary had 12 saves.