Carlsbad varsity defeats Falcons

Caden Kelley to Michael Gadinas (88) for 60 yards. Photo by Anna Scipione
(Anna Scipione)

By Walter Bays

Football fans at Carlsbad were treated to two very different games as the Lancers defeated visiting Torrey Pines 35-14.

The first half was a defensive battle in which Carlsbad was 3 for 5 and 24 yards passing and 126 yards total offense, while the Falcons, who were clearly missing some key players, were 0 for 2 passing and just 37 yards of offense.

Torrey Pines held Carlsbad to just a 7-0 deficit through special teams play, booming punts, good punt coverage, a 27-yard kickoff return by Nicholas Bradshaw, and a blocked field goal.

The second half was an offensive show. Torrey Pines had two 80-yard touchdown drives, with quarterback Caden Kelley going 7 of 9 for 160 yards, connecting with several receivers, notably Michael Gadinas who had a 60-yard catch and run and a 14-yard touchdown strike.

Unfortunately for Torrey Pines, the Lancers must have also made second-half adjustments, as QB Shea Morales completed 8 of 9 passes for 167 yards and Carlsbad picked up another 87 yards on the ground. In six second-half possessions, the Lancers scored four times including a 73-yard touchdown run, a 42-yard pass setting up a touchdown, and a 24-yard touchdown run.

The Falcons’ record falls to 1-5 as they host the 4-2 Oceanside Pirates at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17.