Torrey Pines' varsity football team capped a sweep of Steele Canyon with a 28-7 victory over the Cougars on the road. Earlier, the frosh won 35-0 and the JV 21-14. By the 7 p.m. kickoff, the temperature in Spring Valley had cooled to a balmy 94 degrees.
Both teams moved the ball well at times, ground and air, picking up first downs. In the end, the Falcons made more breakaway plays and crucial stops, and the Cougars made more mistakes. Torrey Pines was first on the board after a long run by Matthew Feeler, then Jacob Montes carried for the touchdown.
A long pass from quarterback Caden Kelly to Michael Gadinas put the Falcons in position, and Cole Svoboda carried it in. Falcons 14-0. A good Cougar drive ended with tackles in the backfield by Falcon defensive backs Henry Alter and Matthew Feeler, then their field goal attempt was blocked by Tristen Alesi.
The Cougars’ next drive was halted by a Michael Perrone tackle, and on 4th and 5 their field goal attempt was no good. Torrey Pines drove downfield on the running of Alesi, Feeler, and Murray Kim. Then Kelly connected with Lukas Braun in the end zone to put the Falcons up 21-0 with 17 seconds in the half. On the ensuing kickoff, Braun made the tackle which kept the return from going all the way as time ran out.
As Steele Canyon tried to come back, the Falcon pass defense was impressive: Alter, Feeler, Beau Morgans, and Jacob Schneider. Facing 4th and 10 at the Falcon 27, the Cougars had to go for it. Ty Helfrich made the stop for a turnover on downs.
On Steele Canyon’s final possession, Alesi came up with an interception and ran it all the way down to the Cougar 7, where the Falcons punched it in to make it 28-0. The Cougars escaped a shutout with a score late in the final period to make the final 28-7.
Next game, Torrey Pines takes on Mission Hills. The frosh play at 5 p.m. Thursday at Mission Hills, while the JV host at 4 p.m. and the varsity host at 7 p.m. Friday. It will be the Grizzlies’ season opener.