Torrey Pines High School Falcons soar over Eagles


Torrey Pines won the first round of CIF Division 1 playoffs against visiting Olympian, 21-14.

The Falcons threatened first, driving 72 yards in 18 plays to the Eagle 8-yard line, where for the first time all year, kicker Luc D'Arcy missed a short field goal. The Eagles then drove 59 yards to the Falcon 21 where Ty Helfrich recovered a fumble. Two plays later, Torrey Pines quarterback Caden Kelley, making his return from injury, hit Scotty Gange, who had found his way behind the Olympian coverage and then outran the defenders 76 yards into the end zone for the game’s first score. A D'Arcy extra point made it 7-0 Falcons.

With just over a minute in the half, Tristin Alesi took a pitch and ran for 27 yards to the Eagle 21, then Michael Gadinis caught a touchdown pass to go up 14-0.

Olympian fought back in the second half, driving 85 yards in 15 plays to score, 14-7. Jacob Montes took the kickoff return 31 yards to the Eagle 49. Luke Duerr ran 23 yards, but then the Falcon drive stalled. D'Arcy was called in for another field goal attempt and again hit the upright. Olympian responded with an 80-yard 11-play scoring drive to tie 14-14.

With 3:42 left in the game, Duerr broke through the line for 36 yards to the Eagle 19. On second and 6, Duerr was apparently stopped at the line of scrimmage but dragged his would-be tacklers along to the 6 for first and goal. Alesi ran it to the 1 and then Montes scored the winning touchdown, with a D'Arcy extra point, 21-14.

Olympian’s final comeback attempt was thwarted when, after a pass completion near midfield, a Falcon, perhaps Montes, stripped the receiver of the ball and Beau Morgans recovered.

Duerr finished the night with six rushes for 77 yards, Alesi 4 for 45, and Matthew Feeler 10 for 45. Kelley was 6 of 11 passing for 128 yards. Crucial tackles and pass defenses were made by Gadinis, Feeler, Steven Mason, Jared Rosen, and DJ Jackson.

This week in the second playoff round, Torrey Pines travels to El Camino for a rematch, having defeated the Wildcats 17-13 at home in the regular season.