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‘D’ propels Falcons to win over Wildcats

10/24/2014, 11:03pm PDT
By Rick Hoff, Special to the U-T

Torrey Pines, tempered by tough schedule, keeps El Camino out of the end zone

— With three of its four losses coming against teams ranked in the county’s top 10, the Torrey Pines High football team was not a typical four-loss team entering its game against El Camino on Friday.

“We’re the best 3-4 team in the county,” Falcons coach Ron Gladnick claimed before the contest at El Camino, and his team may have proved him right. A strong defensive effort kept the Wildcats out of the end zone as Torrey Pines prevailed 14-0 in an Avocado West League matchup at Herb Meyer Stadium.

Senior defensive end Joey DeMarco played a big role in keeping El Camino off the scoreboard as he provided constant pressure for the Falcons (4-4, 2-1), who have won four of their last five games after an 0-3 start.

The deepest penetration for El Camino (5-3, 1-1) into Torrey Pines territory in the first half was to the Falcons’ 31 late in the first quarter, but quarterback Sergio Lopez was sacked on fourth down by DeMarco.

After a pass interference penalty on the Wildcats gave the Falcons a first-and-goal at the El Camino 6-yard line, an apparent touchdown pass from Sandy Plashkes to Jeremy Fleet was erased by a holding penalty. But the Falcons scored on the next play when Plashkes found Lukas Braun in the end zone for a 21-yard TD pass with 22 seconds left in the first half.

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