By John Schreiber
Suspense was absent from a freshman football contest between host Torrey Pines and Carlsbad on Oct. 8 as the Falcons dominated a one-sided 42-0 contest.
The rout began immediately after an opening Carlsbad three-and-out was followed by a 41-yard Caleb Konti punt return to the Lancer 26-yard line. On the first offensive play, Falcon QB Miles Hastings connected on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Tucker Drawdy, and a Jason Heine extra point made it 7-0 Torrey Pines with just over a minute gone.
Another Lancer three-and-out was followed by another quick Falcon scoring drive featuring a Heine sweep left for 17 yards, an Evan Galluzzi reverse right for 19 yards, and a Mac Bingham power run up the middle (pictured) for a 9-yard score. The extra point was blocked, but the Falcons led 13-0 with less than four minutes elapsed in the game.
An interception by Falcons cornerback Luke Mikolajewski stopped the next Lancer drive, and more chunk plays from the Falcons offense ensued: QB Hastings with a 12-yard broken play scramble, a 17-yard swing pass to Mike Schreiber, and a 9-yard sweep by Galluzzi. The end result was a 17-yard field goal by Heine and a 16-0 Falcon lead as the second quarter began.
The Torrey Pines defense kept the pressure on following the ensuing kickoff when linebacker Schreiber intercepted an errant Carlsbad pass and returned it for a touchdown. Another Bingham touchdown run and another Hastings-to-Drawdy TD pass left the score 36-0 and the game out of reach by halftime.
The brick wall masquerading as the Falcon defense continued to hold in the second half. Safety Cameron Brown broke up a long pass and recovered a fumble to stop a Carlsbad drive deep into Falcon territory. Gabriel West, Nicholas Pauley, and Justin Vilchis all registered third-quarter sacks, the final two on consecutive plays that ended the third quarter with an exclamation point. Hastings was 5 of 10 passing for 115 yards and two TD passes in the first half alone.
Tight end Robert Gacula caught two balls for 44 yards, Drawdy’s two catches for 49 yards were both touchdowns, and Bingham paced the rushing attack with five carries for 46 yards and two scores. The Falcons, now 4-2 on the season, return to action this Thursday evening, Oct. 15, at Oceanside.