By Gideon Rubin
On a night when Cathedral Catholic’s offense stalled, the Dons’ defense got things going.
The Dons improved to 2-0 with a 10-0 nonleague victory over Torrey Pines on Sept. 6.
Through its first two games, the Dons have yielded just six points.
Joshua Gizzi rushed for 119 yards on 16 carries to lead the Dons offensively.
But it was the Dons defense that made things happen.
They broke a scoreless tie in the second quarter when Kyle Davis returned a Pete Mitchell interception 20 yards for a touchdown that made it 7-0.
Special teams helped too as the Dons extended their lead to 10-0 in the third quarter on Tim Semenza’s 33-yard field goal.
Mitchell was 6 for 17 passing for 60 yards with one interception for Torrey Pines.
The Falcons fell to 0-2.
Santa Fe Christian:
Santa Fe Christian bounced back from a season opening loss in resounding fashion as the Eagles trounced Ribet Academy of Los Angeles 43-14 in a nonleague game on Sept. 7.
The Eagles, who were coming off a 17-9 loss to La Costa Canyon on Aug. 30, wasted no time getting things going as they took a 19-0 lead after the first quarter and then broke the game open in the second quarter, outscoring their opponents 21-0 to take a 40-0 lead into the intermission.
The Eagles led 43-0 going into the fourth quarter on Jake Baily’s 32-yard field goal.
Ribet Academy scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter when the game was well out of reach.
Tony Miro rushed for 94 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries to lead the Eagles offensively.
Darrian Borboa led SFC on the defensive side with eight tackles and one sack.
Nayan Jaitly contributed eight sacks and R.J. Walker added seven tackles.
San Diego Jewish Academy:
San Diego Jewish Academy opened its season with a thrilling 21-20 nonleague victory over Calvary Christian on Sept. 3.
The Lions rallied from 20-14 deficit in the fourth quarter for the win.
Key contributions from freshmen Jordan Battaglia and Tomer Baltinester were pivotal for SDJA.
Quarterback Battaglia was 4 for 9 passing for 59 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and Baltinester rushed for 103 yards on 21 carries.
Jake Posnock led the Lions defensively with 16 tackles and one sack and Garrison Laser added 14 tackles.
Torrey Pines opened its season with an 8-0 nonleague victory over Otay Ranch on Sept. 5.
Allie Zimmer and Shannon Yogerst each scored two goals and had one assist to lead the Falcons.
Madi Coughlin added two goals and Madison Cohen contributed one goal and had two assists.
Goalies Grace Trupe and Katie Gitre combined for the shutout.
Canyon Crest Academy opened its season with a 3-0 nonleague victory over La Costa Canyon on Sept. 4.
Gabby De Petro, Emma Normoyle and Katie Carlson each scored one goal to lead the Ravens and Haley Schroeder added one assist.
Ravens goalie Madi McIntyre had six saves.
Torrey Pines defeated Francis Parker 3-1 (22-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-16) in a nonleague match on Sept. 7
Reily Buechler had 17 kills to lead the Falcons and Savannah Rennie added 13 kills.
Santa Fe Christian defeated Bonita Vista 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-23) in a nonleague game on Sept. 5.
Lexi Sun had 13 kills to lead the Eagles and Hannah Mathiesen added nine kills.
Eagles setter Mia Kelter contributed 29 assists.
San Diego Jewish Academy defeated Julian 3-0 (25-9, 25-9, 25-12) in a nonleague game on Aug. 29.
Madison Spiegel had 10 kills to lead the Lions and setter Savanna Lurie contributed 27 assists.
Shannon Saffer added nine kills and Sara Chitlik contributed eight kills.
Santa Fe Christian won both games at the Poway Invitational Tournament on Sept. 6.
The Eagles defeated La Jolla Country Day 9-4 and San Marcos 10-8.
Bennett Royce scored six goals to lead the Eagles and goalie Jack Atkinson had 12 saves to lead the Eagles in the LJCD game.
Royce scored six goals, Brennan Epps added three goals and Atkinson contributed nine saves in the San Marcos game.