Torrey Pines opened the 2015 season against the Steele Canyon Cougars. The frosh won 35-0, JV won 21-14, and the sweep was capped by a 28-7 varsity victory.
It was a blistering 106 degrees when the JV took the field, and though they couldn’t stop the heat, they did stop the Cougars, who managed just two first downs and a few yards of total offense in the first quarter.
With opening game mistakes by both teams, it was the Falcons who capitalized on their opponents’ errors and who caused more errors. Each team took three interceptions, and the Falcons also recovered two fumbles. Pass completions from quarterback Chris Temby to Parker Williams kept the Cougar defense honest, and kept the Falcon running game moving.
Gaston Schenk put the Falcons up 7-0 with a 25-yard run. In the 2nd quarter, the Falcons kept trying to capitalize on weak secondary coverage by the Cougars, but came up short on 4th down three times. An interception put the Cougars on the Falcon 15, but Connor Nichols took away a fumble to thwart them.
Steele Canyon had their first sustained drive with a mix of runs and screen passes to tie the game, and then recovered an onside kick on the Falcon 27. But an aggressive Falcon defense made the Cougars’ passing attack risky, and when the receiver couldn’t pull one in — ruled a lateral — Jack Nelson was there to pick it up. After the Falcons failed to move the ball, a booming punt by Tanner Wyandt put it back deep in Cougar territory.
In the 4th quarter, Jacob Leone was fouled on a fair catch, setting up the Falcons at the Cougar 30. On the next play, Leone followed blocks, juked and ran 21 yards for first and goal, and then Nelson carried into the end zone: 14-7 Falcons.
With 4:45 left in the game, Joe Anthony arrived in the Cougar backfield at the same moment as the handoff forcing 3rd and long. Then Ryan Cesari, who also had a good day on offense, picked off their pass and the Falcons were back on the Cougar 30. It took just one play for the Falcons to strike again on a long run by Leone: 21-7 Falcons.
Steele Canyon came back with their most impressive drive on the day, driving 68 yards to come within 7, before time ran out. Final: 21-14 Torrey Pines.