By John Schreiber and P.J. Mikolajewski
The Torrey Pines freshman football Falcons improved to 3-1 on the season with a dominating 28-8 victory over the visiting Westview Wolverines on a sun-splashed afternoon on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Ed Burke Field.
Westview opened the game with a 12-play, six-minute drive. Quarterback Jackson Nau used a steady diet of short passes to Dominic Morrow and handoffs to P.J. San Agustin to rack up several first downs before the Falcons defense held on the TPHS 24-yard line. Quarterback Miles Hastings and the Falcons offense immediately delivered several big plays, culminating with a 56-yard TD pass to tight end Tucker Drawdy that gave the Falcons a 7-0 lead near the end of the first quarter.
An opportunistic, bend-but-don’t break Falcon defense stopped two long second-quarter Westview drives with turnovers. Cornerback Luke Mikolajewski, busy in coverage all day against the Wolverine passing attack, recovered a fumble at the Falcon 40 midway through the second quarter. The Falcons then drove 60 yards in just five plays to take a 14-0 lead when Mac Bingham rumbled in with an 18-yard TD run.
Cornerback Porter Hollen stopped a subsequent Wolverine drive deep in Falcon territory with an interception shortly before halftime. It was a first half where the normally reliable Falcon ground game led by Bingham and running mate Mike Schreiber was bottled up, but Hastings and the receiving corps moved the ball efficiently with 116 yards passing.
The third quarter began with a bang when Michael Stearns alertly recovered a muffed kickoff return and jetted 60 yards down the left sideline deep into Wolverine territory. A three-play Falcon drive was capped by Evan Galluzzi’s TD on a reverse from three yards out. Falcon defenders then forced a Wolverine three-and-out, and the offense came right back with a four-play, 74-yard drive that ended with a 28-yard TD pass from Hastings to Stearns.
With the Falcons leading 28-0 and the game out of reach, the fourth quarter devolved into an unsatisfying mix of penalties and turnovers. Westview averted the shutout with an 18-yard TD pass from Nau to Ben Skolnick with just over three minutes left in the game. Bingham, Schreiber, Mikolajewski, Galluzzi, Jack Callan and Sebastian Carpenter each recorded three or more tackles on the day for the Falcons defense.
The Falcons return Thursday, Sept. 24, at home vs. the Poway Titans.