Torrey Pines ran into a formidable defense and lived to tell about it.
The Falcons countered with some tough defense of their own in a 13-7 Avocado League victory over Mission Hills on Oct. 5.
Torrey Pines matched a season-low for points scored in their seventh straight win after putting up 35 points or more in each of their previous five games.
Falcons quarterback Jason Heine completed 10 of 12 pass attempts for 194 yards including a 52-yarder to Luke Mikolajewski.
Mikolajewski caught a season-high nine passes for 186 yards.
Mac Bingham rushed for 69 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries and Evan Galluzzi rushed for 47 yards on 10 carries.
Ted Merrifield kicked two field goals for the Falcons, from 25 and 21 yards out.
Dewey Egan led the Falcons with nine tackles (seven unassisted), and Marco Notarainni and Mikolajewski each had nine tackles to lead the Falcons defensively.
The Falcons improved to 7-0 in league and 3-0 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic defeated St. Augustine 34-14 in an Eastern League game on Oct. 5.
Quarterback D.J. Ralph completed 8 of 13 pass attempts for 247 yards with two touchdowns, and Shawn Poma rushed for 86 yards on 16 carries to lead the Dons offensively in their sixth straight win.
The Dons improved to 2-0 in league and 6-1 overall for the season.
Santa Fe Christian opened Coastal League play with a 28-21 victory over Classical Academy on Oct. 5.
Stephen Britton rushed for 92 yards on five carries and Jack Miles and Chase Baptista each had two rushing touchdowns.
Miles rushed for 91 yards on nine carries and Baptista gained 82 yards on four carries.
The Eagles rolled up a combined 349 rushing yards.
Jack Hartung had 10 tackles and Austinn Rossetti had nine tackles to lead the Eagles defensively
Cannan Matsimoto and Hartung each had one sack, and Cade Ellis and Kian Hogan each had one interception.
The Eagles improved to 4-3 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Vista Murrieta 2-0 (25-21, 25-14) in the championship game of the SoCal Invitational’s Platinum Division on Oct. 6 at Alliant University.
Madison Endsley led the Dons with 11 kills and Lindsey Miller had seven kills and four blocks to lead the Dons.
Karenna Wurl had 14 digs.
The victory was their eighth straight and fourth on the day. The Dons went 7-0 in the tournament.
The Dons defeated La Costa Canyon 2-1 (25-22, 18-25, 15-18) in the semifinals earlier in the day.
Endsley led the Dons with 17 kills, Miller had nine kills, and Wurl had 18 digs.
Sophia Tulino had 10 kills to lead LCC and Morgan Lewis added eight kills and two blocks.
Mia Schafer had 24 assists.
The Dons defeated Canyon Crest Academy 2-0 (25-20, 25-19) in the quarterfinals.
Endsley and Miller each had 14 kills and Wurl had 14 digs.
The Dons improved to 23-6 overall for the season.
LCC went 5-1 in the tournament.
The Mavericks defeated St. Ignatius of San Francisco 2-0 (25-11, 25-21) in the quarterfinals.
Lewis led the Mavericks with 13 kills and Tulino had 11 kills.
Sophia Theriot had 13 digs and Shafer had 29 assists and 10 digs.
The Mavericks improved to 22-8 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines opened Avocado League play with a 2-1 overtime victory over La Costa on Oct. 4.
The win was the Falcons’ third straight and fifth in six games.
Emma Richards-Smith and freshman Philine Klas each scored one goal to lead the Falcons and Paige Boyes had one assist.
The victory followed a 2-1 nonleague win against Patrick Henry two days earlier in which Kristin Bitter led the Falcons with two goals and sophomore Faith Cloe had two assists.
The Falcons improved to 10-3-1 overall for the season.
La Costa Canyon standout Caleb Niednagel took first place in the SoCal Invitational at Guajome Park on Oct. 6.
Niednagel ran the 3.1-mile course in 15 minutes and 30 seconds.
Niednagel finished ahead of teammate Garret Stanford, who placed second, clocking a 15:41.2.
The Mavericks placed second overall in the tournament as a team with 74 points. Del Norte placed first with 61 points.
LCC freshman Kyra Compton (18:47.4) placed third on the girls’ side, and teammate Natalie Schroeder (19:24.5) placed seventh.