No. 7 Torrey Pines Falcons: San Diego Section 2019 high school football preview

We continue our countdown of the Top 15 high school football teams in the San Diego Section with an inside look at No. 7 Torrey Pines.

Links: Torrey Pines team page | 2019 schedule | Roster


10-1 (5-0) CIF Open Division Finalists


Ron Gladnick, 6th season, 36-21 overall record


Offense – 2. Defense – 4.


OL Luke Simsiman 6-1, 245, jr.

TE Matt Lauter 6-2, 215, jr.

WR Griffin Wilson 6-1. 190, jr.

FB Cael Helfrich 6-1, 210, sr.

QB Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi 6-1. 180, soph.


LB Marco Notarainni 6-3, 215, jr.

LB Grant Anderson 6-2, 225, sr.

DE Zach Rowell 6-3, 215, soph.

DE Ryan Rice 6-1, 205, sr.

CB Dorian Lewis 5-10, 185, sr.


Marco Notarainni, linebacker

The tall, rangy defender had a breakout sophomore season that yielded offers from Oregon State, San Diego State, and Utah State with more on the way.

Grant Anderson, linebacker

The hard-hitting middle linebacker picked up significant experience a season ago while adding offers from Army, Navy, and Columbia.

Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi, quarterback

Success in the summer showed he’s ready to manage the offense as he makes his varsity debut.


The Falcons are talented on both sides of the ball but don’t have much experience returning. All 369 points scored in 2018 were tallied from players that have since graduated.

The top six rushers for Torrey Pines in 2018 combined for 3,169 yards, but they’ve all now graduated. The Falcons Wing-T attack will look for someone to emerge among running backs Cael Helfrich, Dorian Lewis, and Tyler Wheeler.

Two early games against Los Alamitos and San Clemente plus the gauntlet known as the Avocado League will force a young Falcons team to grow up quickly as they head towards the playoffs.


Aug 23: Los Alamitos, 7pm

Aug 30: at San Clemente, 7pm

Sep 6: Olympian, 7:15pm

Sep 13: at San Pasqual, 7pm

Sep 20: at El Camino, 7pm

Oct 4: Carlsbad, 7:15pm

Oct 11: at Mission Hills, 7pm

Oct 18: at San Marcos, 7pm

Oct 25: Oceanside, 7:15pm

Nov 1: La Costa Canyon, 7:15pm

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