By Walter Bays
The Cathedral Catholic High School freshman football team had a tough opening schedule, falling to Mission Hills 25-7, and to last year’s champion St. John Bosco, 48-0. So they were fired up to take on the undefeated Torrey Pines Falcons who beat Sweetwater 41-0, and Mission Hills 56-21. The Dons played well and held the Falcons to their lowest point total all year, but could not overcome the Torrey Pines defense.
Cathedral took the opening kickoff and picked up three first downs, including a crucial first down on a 9-yard run by quarterback #11 Thomas Kane-Berman, and a 22-yard run by #32 Brandon Hernandez, which could have gone all the way but for a tackle by #24 Matthew Goena. The drive stalled and Cathedral missed the field goal.
Torrey Pines ran with #34 Gaston Schenk, #29 Ryan Ramirez, and #22 Beau Morgans, also making three first downs. On fourth down Torrey Pines lined up to go for it, then the pitch was to Goena who booted it deep. Falcon punt coverage came within inches of downing the ball inside the one. The Falcon ground game led by #11 Sully O’Brien drove into the red zone where Cathedral held on a 4th down try and the Dons took over on their own 12. At half time the game was still scoreless.
O’Brien fielded the second half kickoff for the Falcons on the 12 and it looked well covered, but he ran the ball back 88 yards for the game’s first score, Falcons 7-0. Cathedral started their next series on their 35 and picked up two first downs with runs by Hernandez, #42
Tommy Twomey, and Kane-Berman. Torrey Pines ran successfully but Dons defenders #5 Jake Goddard, #18 Justin Clement, and #63, stopped them at 4th and 12 from the 14. The kick by #75 Tanner Wyandt made it 10-0 Falcons.
Cathedral started on their 38 for one last chance to score. Then on 3rd down Falcon #85 Shayne Grant sacked Kane-Berman forcing Cathedral to punt it away on 4th and 18. With #14 Chris Temby in at quarterback the Falcons drove from their own 22 to near midfield on runs by Friedland, O’Brien, Schenk, and Temby as the clock ran out. Final score 10-0 Falcons. Torrey Pines remains undefeated at 3-0 and takes on Westview on Sept. 18, while Cathedral falls to 0-3 and faces Helix on the road.