By Gideon Rubin
Santa Fe Christian bounced back from a lopsided loss with a convincing win.
The Eagles rolled up 481 yards of total offense in a resounding 66-34 nonleague victory over La Jolla on Sept. 20.
The victory followed a 35-0 loss to Carlsbad, a perennial San Diego Section power that boasts much bigger enrollment than SFC.
Tony Miro led the route, rushing for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.
Miro’s impact wasn’t just limited to the backfield.
He tallied 339 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns, with most of the damage coming in the first quarter.
Miro scored on an 83-yard kickoff return and also caught a 65-yard touchdown pass.
Eagles quarterback Carter Roberts completed three of eight pass attempts for 119 yards with all three completions going for touchdowns. He threw no interceptions.
Roberts rushed for 94 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries and Jerry Harper and Cole Needham each rushed for 36 yards.
The Eagles trailed 7-0 early in the first quarter when Miro returned a kickoff for a touchdown that tied the game.
Miro scored on a 52-yard scoring run on SFC’s next possession to make it 14-7.
He scored the Eagles third touchdown of the first quarter from the 4 that gave the Eagles a 21-7 lead.
Jake Bailey kicked a 27-yard field goal late in the first quarter that capped a run of 24 consecutive unanswered points.
Roberts completed a 4-yard scoring pass to Jerry Harper that gave the Eagles a 30-14 lead midway through the second quarter.
Needham scored on a 22-yard run and Roberts hooked with a Blake O’Rourke on a 50-yard scoring strike to help the Eagles take a decisive 52-27 lead into the intermission.
Slater Howe had 13 tackles to lead the Eagles defensively.
Blain Weeks had Sammy Ray each contributed 10 tackles and two sacks and Darrian Borboa added 10 tackles.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 2-2.
Last season, Torrey Pines wasted an excellent defensive performance in a nonleague game against Vista in a game in which the Falcons couldn’t get anything going offensively.
The Falcons experienced no such difficulties in this year’s rematch as they trounced Vista 44-9 in a nonleague game on Sept. 20.
The victory followed a 2-0 loss to Vista last year in what from a scoring standpoint is as unusual as a football game gets at any level.
Falcons quarterback Pete Mitchell led the route, completing eight of 12 pass attempts for 135 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Falcons snapped a 3-3 deadlock in the second quarter when Mitchell completed a 30-yard scoring pass to Dwayne Hines to make it 9-3.
That started a run of 41 unanswered points, turning what looked to be another tight game into a blowout.
Hines scored on a run from the 2 yard line to make it 16-3 and Mitchell hooked up with Christian Gange on a 37-yard scoring strike to give the Falcons a 23-3 going into the intermission.