By Bill Butler
The Torrey Pines Falcons defeated the Murrieta Silverhawks on Saturday 38-8 behind a stout defense and a well-rounded offense. Torrey Pines struck first on a 25-yard pass and run by Garland Peed to Brandon Ray following a blocked punt by the Falcons. Tucker Pike broke through the middle of the line for the block, which was covered by Tanner Watkins. On their next possession, the Falcons struck through the air again, as Conner Whitton and Scotty Gange connected on a 54-yard pass and run. Torrey Pines regained possession after Jack Nelson blocked another Silverhawk punt, but were unable to score due to a strong defensive effort by Murrieta. Later in the first half, the Falcons had the Silverhawks penned near their own goal line. Murrieta tried a pass, picked off by Nick Clapp and returned 10 yards for the third Falcon touchdown of the first half. Pike was on target with his third successful extra point kick of the half, and Torrey Pines was up 24-0.
The Falcons were unable to move the ball on their first possession of the second half, and Murrieta needed only one play to score, breaking a 56-yard run down the left sideline. The successful kick made the score 24-8, Torrey Pines. Following the kickoff, Torrey Pines moved quickly down the field, with Jake Boone getting the score on a nice run of 25 yards. The kick was good, and the Falcons led 32-8. Murrieta was unable to move, and Torrey Pines took over possession at their 46 yard-line. Runs by Zac Friedland and Beau Morgans picked up 8 yards to the Murrieta 46-yard line before Morgans ran through the middle of the line and went 46 yards for an apparent touchdown. The TD was negated by a holding call against the Falcons.
Late in the game, Friedland intercepted a pass at the Falcon 36-yard line. Jackie Plashkes ran hard for 7 yards; on 2nd down, Friedland started over the right side of the line, cut left against the defensive flow, and carried the ball down the left sideline for a 57-yard run and score. With the score at 38-8, the thresh-hold of a 28 point lead had been met, and the Mercy Rule went into effect. There would be no extra point try by the Falcons, and the game would continue with preferential field position for Murrieta. There would also be a running clock. The game was quickly over with a nice win for Torrey Pines. The Falcons will face La Costa Canyon next Saturday at Torrey Pines stadium.