Week 2 of the PPR brought us to La Jolla Country Day School where they would face off with town neighbors, La Jolla High School, in a Battle of Jewel City. It was a close match-up, one team throwing punches after the other, but it was the La Jolla Vikings who came out on top, with the Torrey’s trailing closely behind for the entirety of the game.
The first quarter was an eventful one, with the Vikings beginning the scoring game on their first drive. The determined offense drove their way down the field to the one yard line where Zachary Garcia would kick off his phenomenal night with a touchdown.
The Vikings rode their momentum, quickly getting the ball back with an interception on the ensuing Torrey drive, picked off by Kenny Haden. To begin the dogfight which would be the overall theme of the game, LJCD responded with a pick of their own by Spencer Alligood.
As if there wasn’t enough excitement, a third interception was added by La Jolla High’s Jonathan O’neal on the following Torrey drive to finish up the first quarter.
Unable to capitalize on their turnover in the second quarter, it was La Jolla Country Day’s, Alex Cho who put points on the board for the Torrey’s after a 30 yard pass from quarterback Ej Kreutzman. A PAT kick put the score tied at 7-7.
The La Jolla Vikings were quick to respond on their ensuing drive, answering the Torrey’s with an impressive play of their own. A 52 yard bomb thrown by quarterback, Trevor Scully, found the hands of Abdul Sinjab that got the Vikings down the field. Set up at the three, the La Jolla offense were able to bull through the end zone, leading the score again with 14-7.
Second half of the game carried equal drama with the Torrey’s tying up the game again 14-14 on their first drive with a 3 yard touchdown pass from EJ Kreutzman to Anthony Bland who tip-toed into the end zone.
Another impressive play led by Viking quarterback Trevor Scully, would put La Jolla back in the lead after a 57 yard touchdown pass to Michael Wells. A blocked PAT would put the score at 20-14.
Just when we thought that the game would begin to subdue, the fourth quarter had more in store. On the next Viking drive, La Jolla brought the ball all the way down to the Torrey red zone but were stopped at the two. Although unable to add the six, the Vikings capitalized with a safety, bringing the score 22-14.
Both teams unable to be quieted quite yet, the Torrey’s and the Vikings would add one more touchdown onto their belts before the end of the game. It was the La Jolla Vikings who came up on top though, with a final score of 29-21.
Don’t forget to tune in to the Prep Pigskin Report on KUSI next week when the Vikings take on Central High School and La Jolla Country Day faces off with Rancho Christian.
It will be the Battle of Jewel City this Friday as two La Jolla teams will compete for bragging rights in this cross-town rivalry match-up. The La Jolla Vikings (0-1) will take a short drive to La Jolla Country Day (1-0) to see who will add a second week win to their record.
The La Jolla Country Day Torreys, CIF San Diego Section Division 4 Champions, are coming off of a successful 2016 season. The perennial lower division powerhouse lost in a state championship game last year, 20-17.
The Torreys are hoping to continue a similar storyline even with their young team, returning only five players. One of these returners is junior running back, Caleb Petry, who finished last season with an impressive 838 all purpose yards. Sophomore quarterback, Ej Kreutzman, makes up for his inexperience with skill, throwing for 300 total passing yards and two touchdowns in last weeks game.
Last weeks victory against Classical Academy was a nail-biting game for the Torrey’s with a close score of 26-4. La Jolla Country Day will hope to continue their fortune in this week’s face-off.
From right across town, the La Jolla Vikings are hoping for successes of their own this season. The Vikings, ranked #7 in San Diego Section Division 3, lost in last years CIF Final to rival, Bishop, 49-0.
La Jolla is starting off this season with some new starters as well, including their quarterback. Trevor Scully, former Mission Bay quarterback, made his big debut last week after transferring to La Jolla to finish his senior season as a Viking. Scully totaled 61 passing yards and threw for one touchdown last week.
Although a new addition for La Jolla, Head Coach, Tyler Roach, will be a familiar face for La Jolla Country Day. Roach was the Offensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach for three years for the Torrey’s, leading their offense to San Diego Section record-breaking heights.
The Vikings will aim to rebound from last week’s loss to Hilltop, 25-14.
Kick-off is at 7:00pm at La Jolla Country Day. Tune in to the Prep Pigskin Report this Friday at 10:30pm to catch all of the game’s highlights and more.