Crazy 8’s in Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley – Ed Burke Stadium. The Temecula Bear’s Quarterback will be forgiven if he wakes up in a cold sweat tonight, muttering about “the number 8.”

8 was not his lucky number.

8 is the jersey number of Defensive End Jacob Schneider. 88 is the number on Defensive End Brian Minarik’s uniform.

The Torrey Pines Pop Warner Falcon Defenders with 8’s on their backs harassed the Bear QB from the first series to the last. They combined to sack him twice on consecutive series in the first quarter, forcing Temecula punts. In the second quarter, Minarik sacked the quarterback, causing a fumble. Number 8 Schneider recovered.

And so it went Saturday evening, Sept. 29, as Head Coach Mike Lytle’s Falcons shut out a Temecula squad that had scored over 40 points in its last game. The Torrey Pines Midget Falcons went to 6-0, as they overwhelmed Temecula, 27-0.

The Falcons have outscored opponents, 190-44. They have three consecutive shut-outs.

And, no wonder.

With the second half winding down, #88 Minarik sacked the Temecula QB on first down, and then tackled the ball carrier for a loss on second. Third down was an interception.

As the third quarter started, some guys without 8’s on their jerseys (Noah Rubin and Yu Jay Kurosu) helped crush the Bears’ first possession. But, Minarik had another sack in the series.

Meanwhile, the hard-running, up-the-gut Falcon offense went all aerial in the game.

TP QB Tyler Lytle passed to Ben McCaskill in the flat on the Falcons’ first possession, and McCaskill scooted for 25 yards. After an Adam Eastbrook 5 yard rushing gain, Lytle hit Michael Gadinis on a beautiful 14 yard fade route in the end zone. Ronan Gilliland (long snapper) to Jacob Montes (holder) to Gadinis (kick) and the PAT was good. 8-0 Falcons.

In the second quarter, the Birds tried Mo Mirer right, and Mo Mirer left, with Eastbrook leading the sweeps. Mirer gained 16 and 6 yards on the runs. The “Gold O” line of Kyle Hurt (LT), Yu Jay Kurosu (LG), Ronan Gilliland (C), Minarik (RG) and Graham Valentine (RT) was clicking. The next play was McCaskill right for 9 yards, and then Lytle back up-top to Gadinis who caught up to a beautifully thrown 24-yard bomb. Touchdown Falcons! (PAT a tad wide). 14-0.

After Tyler Alexander’s downfield coverage on 4th and 11 caused the Bears to turn the ball over on downs, “Red O” took the field. Antoine Lee and Jack Lewis took turns running behind Will Nute (LT), Ryan Dill (LG), Langston Glover-Castro (C), Ryan Robbins (RG) and Andrew Casias (RT). Mo Mirer was taking the snaps, and it was his turn to air-it-out: another deep strike! This one to Tyler Alexander. Mirer ran in the PAT. 21-0, Falcons.

After the Crazy 8’s caused and recovered the Bears fumble, Red O went back to ploughing upfield with Lewis and Lee. But, facing a 4th & 5, Lytle, Eastwood and Gold O came back out and connected for the final Falcon TD, 27-0.

The second half featured a running clock and a swarming Falcon Defense. Safety Caden Wolfson broke up at least two Temecula deep threats. Red O got plenty of reps, but no more points.

With 2:33 remaining in the 4th quarter, and the Bears trying to score on their last possession, the nightmare ocho ocho’s fittingly broke through for a final sack of the Temecula QB. Ocho. Ouch.