By Bill Butler
Torrey Pines lost a close, competitive game recently to the La Costa Canyon Mavericks.
LCC started the game by moving the ball downfield slowly picking up tough 1st downs primarily with the running game. TP stopped them short of a touchdown on one drove, but LCC finally pushed the ball into the end zone and took an early 8-0 lead.
LCC picked off the TP quarterback at their own 12-yard line in the 3rd quarter. They scored on the next play on a long run to make the score 16-0 after the two-point kick.
TP came roaring back in the 4th quarter. Two complete passes, one from Conner Whitton to Scotty Gange at the 19 and another to Kevin Misak at the 5, put the Falcons in scoring position. However, a QB sack moved the ball back to the 10. TP was unable to run the ball in, and on 4th down, Whitton hit Gange in the left end of the end zone for the TD. The LCC defender got a hand on the ball but Gange was able to make the grab for the touchdown. Pike’s kick was good, and the score was 16-8.
The Falcons would have a chance to tie the score late. The Falcon defense forced a 4th and long, and LCC chose to punt. TP put on a good rush, and a blocker moved into the path of the punt, resulting in a blocked punt recovered by TP at the 26.
On 4th down, Whitton rolled right to get away from the pass rush and threw to Misak near the goal line. Misak made a leaping attempt for the ball and got his hands on it momentarily but was unable to haul it in. An LCC defender caught the deflected pass, and LCC ran out the clock.
These two teams will likely meet again in post-season play, which starts Oct. 13. The Falcons will have a chance in the tournament to prove they are the best team in the Palomar Conference and worthy of representing the league in regional and WESCON competition.