Torrey Pines vs. Cathedral Catholic isn’t a cross-town rivalry; it’s a cross-street rivalry. So turnout, spirit, and crowd volume were high as the Dons defeated the Torrey Pines Falcons, 28-14. But both sides came together in a pre-game 9-11 tribute to America’s first responders and military. San Diego police and firefighters, and Marines participated in the tribute, to raucous acclaim from the crowd.
Cathedral drove the opening kickoff 71 yards for the game’s first score. Adam Eastwood ran for 18 yards, and quarterback Tate Haynes threw 16 yards to Antoine Lee for the touchdown. After holding the Falcon offense, the Dons were driving again when Falcon Thomas Stearn picked off a pass. Torrey Pines came up short on 4th and 1, and the first half settled into a defensive struggle, ending with Cathedral up 7-0.
In the second half, Hogan Irwin broke free for a 44-yard touchdown run to put the Dons on top 14-0. Then a 20-yard pass to Jack Thompson set Cathedral up for a 6-yard TD strike to Patrick Brown. Dons 21-0. A fumbled snap caused a short Falcon punt, giving the Dons the ball again deep in Torrey Pines territory, and they capitalized quickly to take a 28-0 lead.
Torrey Pines never gave up, and Michael Perrone separated a receiver from his catch and grabbed the fumble. On the next snap, Luke Duerr rambled 21 yards to make it 28-7. Despite good gains by Jack Lewis breaking tackles, the Torrey Pines defense stiffened and forced the Dons to punt. Starting on their own 25 with just 4:25 remaining, the Falcons moved downfield behind the running of Duerr and Jacob Montes, scoring on a 17-yard strike from Caden Kelly to Michael Gadinas, who barely got his feet down in the corner of the end zone. Torrey Pines recovered the onside kick, but the formidable Dons defense sacked Kelly twice, and time ran out. The Dons won 28-14.
Earlier, Cathedral had dealt both younger teams their first season losses, defeating the freshmen 41-0 and the JV 26-0. Cathedral JV took a 13-0 lead in the first quarter. Falcon Peter Nelson and Don No. 10 traded back-to-back interceptions. Pass completions to Parker Williams took the Falcons down to the goal line where, after much confusion by the officials regarding the game clock, it was announced the half was over.
In the second half, Torrey Pines still couldn’t move the ball. Meanwhile, despite some impressive tackles by Falcon Louis Bickett, Dons Christopher Calhoun and Colin Myers each ran for long gains and touchdowns. Dons 26-0.
The Falcons threatened after a 38-yard scramble by quarterback Chris Temby, but again were stopped in the red zone.
This week Torrey Pines takes on Westview, while Cathedral plays Helix.