CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. — In the final non-league tuneup before jumping in their respective leagues next week, Torrey Pines and Poway squared up on Friday for the first time in six seasons. The two teams entered Friday’s matchup as two of the San Diego Section’s better rushing teams, but it was the Falcons who capitalized in the passing game with three long touchdowns while slowing down the Poway offense with a 26-6 victory.
Here are three takeaways from the game:
FALCONS ARE NOT SATISFIED
Despite a 20-point win over a top-ten opponent, the mood from the Falcons after the game was that of a team who felt they’d left points out on the field.
“I think we need to get the count right; we just had a lot of mistakes and we almost beat ourselves,” senior Wyatt Gardner said. “We need to practice harder.”
Torrey Pines head coach Ron Gladnick shared similar sentiments.
“I think we didn’t maintain the intensity the entire fourth quarter which is something we need to do to be successful,” Gladnick said. “We’re also making too many mistakes, there’s not enough physicality for me. Torrey Pines has to look a certain way for me to be happy and I’m not happy right now.”
The Falcons fumbled twice in the second quarter and threw an interception on a fourth down play in the third quarter.
BIG PLAYS WERE THE DIFFERENCE
All four touchdowns by Torrey Pines on Friday night were from 35 yards out or more, starting with Wyatt Gardner’s 37-yard misdirection run on the Falcons’ first offensive series.
“That’s just the wing-t, you know,” Gardner said. “The misdirection, they went the other way and I went that way, that’s how it works.”
On their second series, Remi Baere rolled left and connected with Ryan Flather right as he was crossing the goal line for a 35-yard touchdown.
Following an interception by Griffin Grant midway through the second quarter, Remi Baere completed a quick pass to Ryan Flather who flipped the ball backwards to a cutting Wyatt Gardner as he sprinted up the sidelines 70 yards for a picture-perfect hook-and-ladder that gave the Falcons a three-touchdown lead.
“He drew it up for this week,” Gardner said of the second quarter trick play. “Coach always draws up some nice plays.”
Torrey Pines added their fourth touchdown of the night when Baere faked a handoff and found Flather 38 yards down the middle of the field for the duos second touchdown connection of the night.
TORREY PINES NEARLY PITCHES A SHUTOUT
The Falcons were able to control Poway’s rushing attack throughout the night, holding the Titans scoreless on offense and allowing them only one trip into the red zone.
“Our d-line was just penetrating, and everyone was flying to the ball so that really helped,” Wyatt Gardner said.
Poway used much of the fourth quarter to work their way into Torrey Pines territory and into the red zone, getting as close as the three-yard line before the Falcons held strong and forced a turnover on downs.
Two plays later, Wences Juarez picked up a Torrey Pines fumble and returned it 20 yards for the Titans lone score of the evening.
“I thought we really worked hard (on defense),” Ron Gladnick said. “The first three and a half quarters I thought we tackled really well.”