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Late TD clinches win for Falcons

10/23/2015, 10:58pm PDT
By Steve Brand

Torrey Pines scores second straight last-minute triumph

The up-and-down Torrey Pines Falcons are up again — barely

Quarterback Ben Spitters found Michael Gadinis in the front of the end zone with a 9-yard touchdown pass with just 13 seconds remaining to give the Falcons a 17-13 homecoming victory Friday over El Camino.

It was a crucial Avocado West victory for Torrey Pines (3-5, 2-1) which last week snapped a 5-game losing streak with an equally heart-stopping 28-27 win over Oceanside.

The Falcons appeared in trouble when El Camino (5-3, 0-2) recovered a fumble and rode Jacob Voce’s second field goal, this one from 37 yards out, to a 13-10 lead with seven minutes remaining.

The banged-up Falcons got one last chance after halting El Camino, taking over on their 39. Spitters was deadly on the final drive, completing five straight passes — the last three to Gadinis for 19, 7 and the final 9 for the winner.

“Maybe we should practice in PJs in a padded room,” jested Torrey Pines coach Ron Gladnick in reference to the rash of injuries.

“We’re 3-5 but we’re 12th in the power rankings, so I guess that’s a credit to our schedule,” said Gladnick, turning serious. “It’s rough to overcome so many injuries and I blame it on the new 18-hour rule during preseason. We just don’t have the time to work with the young kids like we used to.”

Time enough for their second straight win as Spitters finished 7 of 9 for 96 yards and the winning score.

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