By Tim Pickwell
Thirteen Torrey Pines High School Varsity Football Players received All-Palomar League Honors for the recently concluded 2012 season, and the team also handed out several awards at its Dec. 11 banquet at the Marriott Hotel in Carmel Valley.
University of Arizona-Bound Offensive Tackle Jacob Alsadek (6’ 8”, 330 LB’s) was named to the All-San Diego County CIF Team (2nd Team), the All-North County Team (2nd Team), and was a 1st Team All-Palomar League Selection. Alsadek was also an All-Palomar League selection in 2011. Teammates voted Alsadek the “Offensive Lineman” of the year for 2012.
Senior Defensive Tackle Grant McGahey earned All-Palomar League 1st Team Honors, and was named by the team as its “Defensive Lineman of the Year.” McGahey, led an active Defensive Line with 52 solo tackles, 69 assists, 9 sacks, and 13 Tackles-for-loss. McGahey racked up a team-leading 173 tackle-points.
As highlighted at the banquet by several coaches, solid play on both the offensive and defensive Lines was critical in the Falcons 6-6 season. The 2012 team became the first in the history of the school to defeat rivals Cathedral Catholic (24-17) and La Costa Canyon (24-17) in the same season. The squad defeated Escondido, 42-7 in the first round of the CIF Division I playoffs, before losing in the quarterfinal round, 28-10, to eventual Champions Eastlake High School (Chula Vista).
The defense held opponents without a score three times, and allowed an average of only 15.3 points per game. Senior Linebackers Miles Ahles (second on team with 166 tackle points) and Jack Condon (third with 119) were also All-Palomar League 2nd Team Selections. 3-year Varsity starter Cole Jaczko (RB/Safety) was also named to the All-Palomar League 2nd Team. This is Jaczko’s second year in a row being selected for All-League Honors. Ahles and Jaczko were named 2012 “Captains” by their teammates, while Ahles also earned team honors as Defensive Back of the Year.
The team used an experienced offensive line, led by Alsadek, to run a ball-control offense that averaged over 5 yards per carry for the season (2,425 rushing yards total). Senior linemen Jake Ashby and Andrew Maneval were 2nd Team All-Palomar League selections, along with running backs Mark Detrow and Chase Pickwell. Detrow had two knee surgeries in 2011, and missed Spring Football, Summer Passing League, and much of the August two-a-days. He started the season as a reserve running back and defender, but finished as a two-way starter. Coaches named him the “Most Improved Player” for his impressive comeback from injury.
Senior Chase Pickwell (1,009 yards rushing on 155 carries) led the team in touchdowns and was named “O-Back of the Year” and was also voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
Earning Honorable Mention All-Palomar League Honors were seniors Mike Cox (D-Line) and Jackson Gentes (WR/CB), junior Kyle Ashby (LB), and sophomore WR/CB Jack Bailey. Bailey led the team in receptions (20), receiving yards (315), yards per catch (15.75) and yards per run (8.8 per carry on 11 rushes).
The team awarded the Dennis M. Bradley Memorial Award for character and inspiration to Jake Ashby and Jack Condon. Running back/punt returner Dillon Loyek earned “Scout Player of the Week” Honors seven times during the regular season for his efforts in emulating opposing offenses. So, it was no surprise when he was awarded “Scout Player of the Year.”