Fourteen Falcons receive All League honors for football

The Palomar League recently announced its All League teams for the 2011 football season. Fourteen Torrey Pines Falcons received All League honors.

Seniors Andrew Fargo and Dustin Skousen were selected to the First Team Offense, and Seniors Ben Burgoon and Eric Weatherman were selected to the First Team Defense. Burgoon and Weatherman were also selected to the All North County Second Team Defense.

Fargo, a fullback, who led the team in rushing yards and touchdowns, is a throwback to a bruising style of play. “Andrew is very strong and loves contact, and also has very good speed and a quick burst in the open field,” said Falcons Head Coach Scott Ashby.

Skousen played tight end and running back for the Falcons as well as seeing duty on defense and special teams. Ashby noted that “Dustin was a gifted athlete that can do a lot of things very well, and his teammates honored him as the Offensive Lineman of the Year for the team.”

Anchoring the defense at inside linebacker, senior Ben Burgoon was the unquestioned leader on the team in tackles. Ashby complimented Burgoon by saying that “Ben is a leader on the field who just seems to have a knack for consistently putting himself in the right position to make a play. He is the quintessential inside linebacker.”

Senior defensive tackle Eric Weatherman was a beast on the defensive line and led the Falcons in QB sacks with four on the year. His instincts and ability to eat up space served Torrey Pines very well throughout the season. Weatherman was voted by his teammates as the Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Second Team All League Offense honors were bestowed on Seniors Vincent Arvia, David Bagby and Andrew Perkins. Arvia helped to anchor the offensive line at left guard. Bagby, a speedy and versatile runner and receiver, played on the wing in the Torrey Pines Wing-T Offense, and Perkins led the offense at quarterback with his passing and ability to scramble for big plays.

Receiving Second Team Defense honors were Seniors Jack Mitchell, Michael Tillson and Brandon Williams. Tillson was a stalwart on the defensive line playing left end. He was among the team leaders in QB sacks on the year. Mitchell started on both offense and defense and also handled the Falcons’ kicking duties as placekicker and punter. “Jack’s all-around value to our team cannot be overstated. He absolutely did it all for us” noted Ashby. “And the same can be said of Brandon Williams, who has excellent speed and quickness, excelled at cornerback, played running back, and also returned kicks and punts.” Williams’ value to the team was underscored when his teammates selected him as their Most Valuable Player.

Receiving Honorable Mention honors were Seniors Willie Mort, who completed his second Varsity campaign at linebacker, and David Lederer, who played right guard on the offensive line.

Jacob Alsadek and Cole Jaczko, both juniors, also received All League honors.

Alsadek, at 6’ 7”, 310 pounds, plays left tackle on the offense. Ashby noted that “Jacob is the kind of physical specimen that any coach dreams of having protect his quarterback and sealing the edge for the running backs in the ground attack. And he just keeps getting better and better.” Alsadek also received All League honors last year.

Jaczko, who played cornerback and safety for the Falcons defense, led the team in interceptions and was among the team leaders in tackles and fumble recoveries. “Cole is a solid pass defender, but when we moved him from cornerback to safety we were really able to take advantage of his ability to come up and support against the run. His ability to make open field tackles really paid off for us” said Ashby.

Both Alsadek and Jaczko earned their second Varsity letters in football this season, and Ashby notes that a lot is expected of them both on and off the field going into their third campaign next season.

“The Palomar League is really competitive, and just keeps getting better each year. We are really proud of these guys for receiving All League honors. I think the fact that we had fourteen players selected to All Palomar League teams is a testament to the strength of our program and how hard our guys play at Torrey Pines” concluded Ashby, who just may be in the position to expect even better things next year with as many as sixteen juniors who saw significant starting action coming back in 2012.