Santa Fe Christian pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent memory, defeating Torrey Pines 31-0 in a nonleague game Dec. 2.
The Eagles were up against a school whose enrollment dwarfs that of the small private school.
As is common for the program with limited depth, the Eagles had eight players going both ways.
The victory was especially improbable because the Eagles started sophomore Michael Linguadoca at quarterback for the first time in his career after losing their starter to an injury the previous week.
“I think it was a pretty big upset,” Eagles coach Jon Wallace said. “I don’t know if there’s anybody outside of our school that thought we had a chance to even hang close with them.
“I was a little shocked in the third quarter as well.”
The victory ranks among the biggest upsets in program history, Wallace said.
“They’re kind of the big powerhouse school in our area and have been for a long time ,so I think it’s a big confidence booster for our boys to know that they can play with a big school like that,” Wallace said.
The Eagles set the tone with their defense, which had five interceptions among eight forced turnovers, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
“It was a good night for the defense,” Wallace said.
It was also a good night for the offense, which was led strong performances from Linguadoca and fullback Hank Ontiveros.
Linguadoca’s poise and leadership stood out.
“For him to manage the game like he did was pretty awesome,” Wallace said.
The Eagles improved to 1-1 overall for the season and the Falcons fell to 1-1.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Central Catholic 28-25 in the nonleague Honor Bowl game on Sept. 1 at Mission Viejo High (Orange County).
Dons quarterback Tate Haynes threw for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Haynes also rushed for 67 yards and one touchdown.
The victory followed a 49-12 Week 1 win against Damonte Ranch on Aug. 26 in which Haynes threw for 158 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 49 yards and one touchdown.
Dons running back Adam Eastwood rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
Matt Stuppiello had 13 tackles and one interception and Morrison Mirer had 12 tackles to lead the Dons defensively.
The Dons improved to 2-0 overall for the season.
La Costa Canyon lost to Mt. Carmel 13-9 in a nonleague game on Sept. 2.
The Mavericks fell to 1-1 overall for the season.
Canyon Crest Academy defeated Eastlake 3-2 (23-25, 27-25, 30-28, 19-25, 15-12).
Ashley Sung had 15 kills to lead the Ravens and Whitley Ballard had 19 digs.
Ravens setter Olivia Lovenberg had 47 assists.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Del Norte 3-1 (25-27, 25-15, 25-23, 28-26) in a nonleague opener for both teams on Sept. 2.
Sarah Blacker had 16 kills to lead the Dons and Brennan Wilhite and Shaney Lipscomb each added 10 kills.
Megan Faraimo had nine kills.
Setters Tori Dorn and Bella Parise had 27 and 19 assists, respectively.
La Costa Canyon defeated Santa Fe Christian 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 16-25, 25-20) in its nonleague opener on Sept. 2.
Bronte Zlomek had 10 kills to lead the Mavericks.
SFC was led by Lexi Sun, who had 27 kills.
Eagles setter Kathleen Philo had 46 assists.
The Eagles fell to 1-1 overall for the season.
San Dieguito Academy defeated Pacific Ridge 20-7 in nonleague opener for both teams on Aug. 31.
Matheus Gensler scored six goals and had two assists to lead the Mustangs and Sam Dumont had four goals an four assist.
Carl Winner scored three goals and Nate Conger added two goals and two assists.
Mustangs goalie Conner Dahl had 11 saves.