Kyle Davis had never scored a touchdown in 11 years of playing football, mostly because he’s a defensive end.
When Davis got the chance Friday night, he made the most of it, picking off a pass and returning it 20 yards for the only touchdown as Cathedral Catholic edged Torrey Pines, 10-0 at Ed Burke Field.
He didn’t exactly sprint into the end zone but since there was no one near him, it really didn’t matter.
“That’s bigger even than a hard hit,” said Davis, a senior. “After I caught the ball I saw that the running back fell, so it was smooth sailing. I guess I could have run a little faster. I never thought that it would be the winning score, but that makes it just that much bigger.”
It was a close game where a defensive play and a 32-yard field goal by Tim Semenza midway through the third quarter were the only scoring plays.
“I expected that,” Davis said. “Torrey Pines always plays great against us. This week’s game was much tougher than last week (a 38-6 romp over Jordan of Sandy, Utah).”
One thing that didn’t surprise Dons coach Sean Doyle was the shutout.
“Not being arrogant, I expected a shutout,” said Doyle, whose team, ranked No. 4 in the section and No. 23 in the state, improved to 2-0. “Our front seven are awful good and the defensive backs have grown up in two games.”
Although the Dons had two players rush for more than 100 yards last week, fullback Chris Moliga was held out with a slight shoulder injury in hopes of having him ready for Helix next week. So the emphasis shifted to Josh Gizzi. He was limited to 21 yards before the break but finished with 117 yards on 17 carries.
Torrey Pines (0-2) simply could not get its offense going as the Dons defense, led by Xavier Ulutu and Davis, recorded six sacks and 11 plays for negative yards. The Falcons rushed for just 18 yards and Pete Mitchell was harassed into a 6-for-17 night passing for 60 yards and an interception.