Torrey Pines freshmen finished a perfect 10-0 season with a 24-7 win over rival La Costa Canyon.
Sully O’Brien set the tone for the night, returning the opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown. The LCC Mavericks fumbled on their first play and the Falcons threatened againbefore returning the fumble on the LCC 15.
Torrey Pines’ defense held with a third-down stop by Matthew Goena. The Falcons mixed it up on the next series from their 41 with O’Brien running inside, O’Brien running outside, and O’Brien on the swing pass, so the Mavericks were caught by surprise when O’Brien blew past the defenders on a fly route to catch the touchdown pass. Torrey Pines 14-0.
Jack Nelson made an interception to set up Torrey Pines on the LCC 32, but the Mavericks held on fourth and 1. Accurate passing, designed runs and scrambling by LCC quarterback Jake Neufeld drove them to the Falcon 28, where on fourth down, Zach Friedland broke into the backfield right when the handoff was made for a loss. With 2:09 left in the half, an LCC drive was halted on a sack by Cleo Baker and a pass batted down by Parker Williams.
LCC drove the second half kickoff 51 yards, only to come up short on fourth and inches. Torrey Pines couldn’t move the ball and their punt was blocked, giving the Mavericks another chance from the Falcon 26. LCC scored on a quarterback keep to come within seven. Their onside kick was recovered by Peter Nelson, and the Falcons started from the 48.
Friedland ran for 4 on a crucial fourth and 2, and O’Brien caught two passes to move to the 10 where the drive stalled and Conner Nichols’ field goal made the score 17-7 early in the 4th quarter.
The Mavericks moved the ball again and had first and goal at the Falcon 1. But a pass was batted down by Spencer Grant, a pass fell incomplete on pressure from Louis Bickett, and Max Myrhum recovered a fumble on the 7. Then on third and 3, O’Brien took a pitch, juked a tackler, and sprinted 86 yards for a touchdown.
On LCC’s final series, Goena knocked down two passes, and Michael Perrone and Matt Moazzam combined to sack the quarterback to put them third and 26. On fourth down, Spencer Grant got a sack to put the game away.