By Gideon Rubin
Torrey Pines had its six-game winning streak snapped as the Falcons took a commanding early lead but couldn’t hold on in a 24-21 Palomar League loss to Ramona on Nov. 1.
The Falcons had first half leads of 14-0 and 21-7 but were outscored 17-0 in the second half of a game that was crucial to their league championship aspirations.
The loss dropped the Falcons one half game behind Ramona for first place.
The Falcons, who fell to 3-1 in league and 6-3 overall for the season were playing their league finale.
They’ll now need help to win a share of the title when Ramona (8-1, 3-0) concludes league play against Westview (1-2, 3-6) on Oct. 8. Torrey Pines would share the title with Ramona if Westview wins that game.
Torrey Pines didn’t appear to need help from anybody early on in the Ramona game.
The opened up a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter when Peter Hollen returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown.
Jack Goena scored on a run from the 3 in the first quarter for the game’s first score.
Ramona closed to within 14-7 later in the second quarter, but the Falcons answered back with Devin Slubowski scoring on a 14-yard run to give the Falcons a 21-7 lead going into the intermission.
Ramona returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter that set the tone for a disastrous second half from a Falcons standpoint.
Cathedral Catholic bounced back from its first Eastern League loss with a 42-14 league win against Mira Mesa on Nov. 1.
The Dons, who were coming off a 19-7 league loss to St. Augustine, left nothing to chance as they built a 35-0 lead going into the intermission.
Chris Moliga rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Dons.
The Dons improved to 3-1 in league and 7-2 overall for the season.
San Diego Jewish Academy experienced an 18-12 loss to Calvin Christian in a Pacific League game on Nov. 2.
The Lions fell to 2-2 in league and 3-3 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines won the North County Conference Championship in record-setting fashion as the Falcons shot a 707 at Twin Oaks Golf Course held Oct. 29-30 with the lowest combined score in tournament history.
The Falcons were a combined 13-under-par as they became the first team in tournament history with all six players contributing at least one under-par round.
Two Falcons were under par on both days.
Sarah Cho finished with a combined 138 score after firing a 70 on the first day and a 68 the next day.
Jennifer Peng shot a 70 on both days.
Muni He also shot a combined 140, firing a 66 on the first day and a 74 the next day.
Sung Eun (Christina) Park contributed a 146 score and Shiyang Fan and Carolyn Zhao added 147 and 148 scores, respectively.
Santa Fe Christian extended its winning streak to four games with a 3-2 (25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 16-25, 15-13) victory over La Jolla Country Day in a Coastal League South match on Oct. 31.