Torrey Pines Jr Midget (D2) Falcons end season with close win over Oceanside

Beau Morgans breaks free in the end zone for winning pass reception from Conner Whitton.

By Bill Butler

Torrey Pines recently fought hard against a team whose line probably outweighed that of the Falcons by an average of 25-35 pounds per man and who had a running back bigger that any Falcon on the team. The weight advantage took its toll early, as the Falcons were unable to mount a scoring threat in the first half--despite two poor Oceanside punts which provided good field position. Late in the first half, Friedland intercepted a Pirate pass deep in Falcon territory and returned the interception to near midfield, but the Falcons had no time to take advantage of the turnover. Nelson also had a fumble recovery for the Falcons.

Trailing 8-0 in the third quarter, Peed directing the offense, TP put together a halfback pass, Plashkes to Ray, that carried to the 1-yard line. TP scored and added a 2-point kick to tie the game.

Early in the fourth quarter, TP started a drive on their own 30-yard line, but the passing game finally got untracked. Whitton hit Gange, who made a double move down the left sideline and an even tougher catch and run to move the ball to the Oceanside 45-yard line. A few plays later, Misak ran straight downfield from his tight end position, gathered in a pass from Whitton, and ran hard to the 10-yard line. Following a 5-yard quarterback sack, Whitton hit Morgans in the end zone for the winning TD. Pike was again good on the 2-point kick. For the record, Pike was successful on every extra point kick and field goal attempt for the entire season; quite a feat.

In the second half, the Falcons were challenged with defending a barrage of Oceanside passes. First, Ray took the ball away from an Oceanside receiver deep in Falcon territory for a third Torrey Pines turnover and ended a Pirate scoring threat. later in the half, after Torrey Pines had gone ahead in the score 16-8, Ray and Morgans jointly intercepted a Pirate pass to effectively end the game.

Four turnovers, a stalwart though undersized defense, and some coaching adjustments in the offensive play calling made for a thrilling Falcon victory on this, the final game of the 2012 football season for the Falcons!