Torrey Pines falls to Westview in close-fought battle, 10-7

The Westview Wolverines hosted Torrey Pines on Sept. 18, where in a close-fought game with good offensive and defensive performances by both teams, the Falcons missed opportunities and were defeated 10-7. Westview looked in form on the game’s opening drive, marching down the field from the 22. Sean Davis caught an 18-yard pass and A.J. Leonard had big runs and catches, to move to the Falcon 18, where a tackle by Andrew Jensen and solid pass coverage led to a turnover on downs.

Torrey Pines responded with a nice drive of its own featuring Matthew Feeler and Luke Duerr, but were halted by successive sacks by Patrick O’Neill and Darickus Welborne. From then, neither offense could get traction until late in the second period, when Westview drove 66 yards behind the running of Leonard and catches by tight end Hans Gieschen; first and 10 on the Falcon 14. Then Stephen Mason batted down one pass, and pressured the next hurried incomplete throw, and the Wolverines had to settle for a field goal. Westview 3-0.

In the third quarter, David Myung picked off a pass to give Westview the ball on the Falcon 7, and Ben Ratzlaff just got his feet in bounds in the corner of the end zone to haul in a pass to put Westview ahead 10-0.

The Falcons came right back with a 90-yard touchdown drive. Duerr broke a 16-yard run and Feeler caught a 10-yard pass. Tristen Alesi caught a pass for a first down, and then caught another pass behind the defenders, who had no chance of catching him as he ran 35 yards into the end zone. Westview 10-7.

The Wolverines threatlened to score again, driving from their 20 to the Falcon 5, with receptions by Ratzlaff. But the Falcon defense led by Jacob Montes, and Westview mistakes — a 15 yard penalty — ended their threat and the Falcons held on a fourth-and-2 run.

Starting on their own 5, with 2:41 left in the game and down by 3, they met solid pass coverage and when on fourth and 5 a pass was batted down by Joe Bennett, the Westview victory was sealed.

This week Torrey Pines hosts Poway while Westview plays at San Marcos.