After starting the season with a pair of hard-fought losses to teams currently ranked among the top five in the county, Torrey Pines High has become a football team to reckon with.
The Falcons scored a defensive touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and put together another complete game Friday night to rout Rancho Bernardo, 59-28, in Palomar League action. Torrey Pines (6-2, 3-0) has now won six straight games, all by double-digit margins.
“Our theme this year has been ‘Grind,’ and that’s what we’ve been doing,” said Falcons coach Scott Ashby. “Our two losses were to a pair of real good teams in San Pasqual and Cathedral Catholic, and we have worked hard since then to get where we need to be.”
The Falcons got off to a fast start when Peter Hollen returned an interception 32 yards for a score on the game’s first play. The two teams were tied at 14-14 after a 28-point barrage in the first eight minutes of the contest, but it was all Torrey Pines from there.
Two more interceptions, by Connor Mead and Jack Bailey, led to 10 of Torrey Pines’ 24 points in the second period as the visitors assumed a 38-14 halftime lead over RB (1-7, 0-2).
Falcons QB Pete Mitchell passed for 186 yards in the first half alone, with Bailey as his favorite target. Bailey had TD receptions of 13, 39 and 16 yards, finishing with five catches for 143 yards.