The 2017 version of the Beach Bowl lived up to its billing as the La Costa Canyon Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit at halftime to beat the Torrey Pines Falcons 27-21 on the Falcon's home field.
The Mavs got off to shaky start turning the ball over on each of their first two possessions. After Jack Nelson recovered the LCC fumble, Torrey Pines drove the length of the field and Sully O'Brien scored from 8 yards out to take a 7-0 lead. The Falcons extended the lead midway through the 2nd quarter when QB Jason Heine ran for a 6 yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead. The Mavs got on the scoreboard late in the half when Jake Neufeld scored on a 26 yard touchdown run making it 14-6. The Falcons scored with 10 seconds left in the first half when Heine scored again; this time from 9 yards out and a 21-6 lead.
The Maverick defense clamped down in the second half shutting out the Falcons. Meanwhile, the offense chipped away at he deficit getting a touchdown runs from Neufeld of 2 yards and 1 yard respectively to trail 21-19. LCC then took the lead with 1:46 left when Neufeld connected with Christian Estrella on a 17 yard touchdown pass. They got the two point conversion to take a 27-21 lead. Then Kyle Wada sealed the victory picking off Heine and bringing the Golden Surfboard back to La Costa Canyon.
La Costa Canyon QB Jake Neufeld finished the night with 140 yards rushing and another 320 yards passing with 3 touchdowns. The Mavs final regular season record improves to 7-3 while the Falcons fell to 6-4. Playoff seedings will be announced by the CIF on Saturday.
Preview: Rivalry Week is always significant. The clichés such as, “throw the records out the window” or “we have had this game circled on our calendar” apply. When Torrey Pines hosts La Costa Canyon in the annual Beach Bowl the records do matter, and they have both had this game circled on the calendar. After all, there is not only a golden surfboard on the line but playoff seeding as well.
Both teams come into the game with 6-3 records overall and are 3-2 in Avocado League play. Neither has a chance to win the league but the Beach Bowl title would be just as sweet if not more so. The surging Torrey Pines Falcons came a two-point conversion away from upsetting #1 ranked Mission Hills last week. Their modernized version of the Wing-T offense goes through Junior RB Mac Bingham who has rushed for 978 yards and 17 touchdowns. Junior QB Jason Heine keys the option attack. He has 371 yards rushing with 2 touchdowns and has completed 54% of his passes for 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
La Costa Canyon has beaten two ranked teams this season; Carlsbad and El Camino. If Mission Hills is the litmus test, then the Mavericks are a viable opponent. They played the Grizzlies tight into halftime before struggling offensively. Since 2010 LCC has won 4 of the 7 Beach Bowl matchups. However, the Falcons made a loud statement last year with a 41-9 blowout win.
Since Sean Sovacool took over as head coach at LCC in 2010 the Mavs are 4-3 in the Beach Bowl. This will be Ron Gladnick’s fourth Beach Bowl as head coach at Torrey Pines and he is 2-1 overall.
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