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.
10-1 (5-0) CIF Open Division Finalists
Ron Gladnick, 6th season, 36-21 overall record
Offense – 2. Defense – 4.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
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.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
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.
THREE TO SEE
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