The Torrey Pines junior varsity football team couldn’t handle the visiting Oceanside Pirates, who won 21-7.
With a number of key players sidelined by injury, the Falcons couldn’t get any offense going for most of the Oct. 16 game. The one exception was a first-quarter ramble by Peter Nelson of 44 yards for the game’s first score.
On defense the Falcons looked better, repeatedly stopping the formidable Pirate offense, but it was not enough to handle Pirate quarterback Jacob Bernard, who was as dangerous when scrambling as when in the pocket.
Torrey Pines did occasionally shut down Bernard and his stable of running backs and receivers, notably with a backfield tackle by Louis Bicket, a sack by Parker Williams, and pass coverage by Connor Munoz.
The Pirates stopped themselves as often, showing the same ball-handling issues as their varsity team with their complex offense, but without the varsity’s sure hands in recovering their fumbles. Torrey Pines picked up three Pirate fumbles, including one recovered by Ryan Cesari that led to Nelson’s touchdown. Otherwise, the Falcons were unable to capitalize on the mistakes.
Going into the fourth quarter, the game was tied at 7-7. Then Oceanside scored on a 73- yard pass. An interception gave Oceanside the ball on the Falcon 37, and the Pirates scored on a 25-yard run for the game’s final points, 21-7.
On Friday, Oct. 23, Torrey Pines plays El Camino at home at 4:30 p.m.