Chick-Fil-A Game of the Week: Santa Fe Christian Eagles 31, Torrey Pines Falcons 0

The hype leading up to our Game of the Week was building up around the community at Torrey Pines. With both schools close to each other, it was a battle of the small school versus the big school.

Even the former Torrey Pines head coach, the legendary Ed Burke, was in attendance; with also a supporting cast of rowdy Eagles and Falcons fans.

In the showdown of the “Battle of the Birds”, the underdog Santa Fe Christian Eagles shutout the Falcons in a 31 to 0 route.

During the 1st quarter the Eagles capitalized early in the game on a muffed punt by Andre Meiers, driving down to the Falcon’s 1 yard line. The Falcons defense held strong though and forced the Eagles to a field goal.

The Falcons tried getting their offense into a rhythm but were unable to due to the amount of turnovers forced by the Eagles defense. Falcons quarterback Miles Hastings threw 2 interceptions and coughed up the football in the 2nd quarter alone.

Surprisingly, the Eagles only lead the Falcons 10 to 0 at the half. The Falcon’s defense was occasionally stuffing the Eagles wing-T attack.

Moving to the end of the 3rd quarter, the Eagles built their lead when Joe Burich picked off Hastings and took it 48 yards to the house. On the ensuing kickoff return, the Falcons returner was striped by Hank Ontiveros and returned it 40 yards for another Eagles score off of a Falcons turnover.  

In the 4th quarter the Eagles last strike was 53 yards yard dagger from quarterback Connor Whitton to wide receiver Matthew Mcroskey which capped off an amazing night for the Eagles.

The Falcons defense tonight played to best of their abilities, their offense on the other hand forced them into difficult situations.

The Eagles (1-1) next week will be traveling up to Big Bear to take on a 0-2 team. While the Falcons (1-1) will prepare for a winless Fallbrook squad.  

Preview: This week our Game of the Week takes us to Torrey Pines in a Battle of the Birds match-up between the Falcons and the Santa Fe Christian Eagles.

The Falcons come off an impressive victory last week against Steele Canyon, defeating them 23 to 10. While the Eagles will try and rebound after almost pulling out the win against Olympian, Olympian however won on a late touchdown and won 20 to 17.

The Falcons this year are trying something different this year than in the years past. This year this implemented a hybrid new generation wing-T, which allows them to throw the ball down the field more. Quarterback Miles Hastings will lead this new high flying offense with tight end Michael Gadinis and wide receiver Scotty Gange. The trio is coming off a great game against Steele Canyon and look to continue this success this week. Spearheading the running game is running back Gabe Gmyr and fullback Luke Duerr, who look to pound the ground with the new wing-T.

The Eagles offense, in contrast to the Falcons, is your old-school, bread and butter wing-T. The Eagles will try and use the fly sweep and stretch run to out-flank the Falcons, and when they need to air it out, quarterback Conner Whitton can call on wide receivers Caleb Phillips and Matthew Mcroskey. Leading the ground game for the Eagles is a group of running backs lead by Hank Ontiveros who pounded out 167 yards against the Olympian defense.

Defensively the Falcons, shut down a physical, pro-style Steele Canyon offense, holding them to 10 total points. Linebacker Louis Bickett and safety Beau Morgans lead a defense that looks to keep the momentum rolling and be disciplined against the Eagles attack.

For the Eagles, Caleb Phillips also looks to lead the Eagles defense against the Falcons new hybrid wing-T. The name of the game for the Eagles defense is staying disciplined against the Falcons formations and misdirection. If the Eagles do this, then it will be a long night for the Falcon offense.

This Friday the key to who can win this game is whose defense can stay disciplined and keep the their opponents offense off the field, and also who will convert the most on third down.

The will be played at Ed Burke Field, tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for students.    

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