Torrey Pines Falcons 10 El Camino Wildcats 14
Survive and advance. With the CIF San Diego Section Division 1 playoffs in full swing, it’s the motto for every player, coach, parent, student, and fan. Friday night the El Camino Wildcats (6-5) ended the Torrey Pines Falcons’ (4-8) late season winning streak and season 14-10.
The successful recipe for the Wildcats was a heavy dose of sophomore running back Chris Brown and a stellar defensive effort all around. Brown would carry the ball 14 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns, with the highlight of the game coming on a 97-yard scamper to the end zone.
“I have to give the credit to my offensive line,” said Brown after the game. “The line, our defense, the whole team won this game.”
El Camino’s defense was trouble for the Falcons from start to finish, forcing constant incomplete passes, tackles for loss, and sacks all night. Wildcat captain and defensive star Spencer Katoanga was injured making a tackle early in the second quarter, but would return late in the game to make the game winning hit in the end zone on fourth and goal to force an incomplete pass. El Camino then took to the victory formation on offense to run out the clock and seal the victory.
The quarterfinal win moves the Wildcats into the semifinals, where they will host the seventh seeded Steele Canyon Cougars (8-4) November 27. The Cougars are coming off a huge 39-35 upset win over Grossmont, so expect adrenaline to be pumping.
Next weeks game time is at 7pm Friday night at El Camino High School. The winner will face the winner of the Oceanside vs. Point Loma game to crown a division champion. Tune in to watch The Prep Pigskin Report at 10:30 pm every Friday night on KUSI for highlights, and don’t forget to follow @redjacketarmy on Instagram and Twitter!
PREVIEW: In a quarterfinal game of the CIF Playoffs, the Torrey Pines Falcons (4-7) travel to take on the El Camino Wildcats (5-5) Friday night in Oceanside. The Wildcats are looking to give their fans one more home win on the year, while the Falcons look to prolong their playoff run. The name of the game for both teams at this point is simply to survive and advance.
Although El Camino holds the better record, Torrey Pines looks to have more advantages on paper. The Falcons beat the Wildcats earlier in the season 17-13, and are coming off last weeks first round playoff win over Olympian 21-14. Unfortunately for Torrey Pines both of the wins came at home. El Camino is notoriously one of the more harsh environments for visiting teams to come out victorious.
For the Wildcats, the key will be to get back to early season form, when they started the season 5-0. The stage is set to end a five game skid – playoffs on the line and payback on their minds.
No matter the outcome, expect both teams to leave everything on the field for this matchup. Last game of the season for one team, one more shot at glory for another.
Game time is at 7pm Friday night at El Camino High School. Tune in to watch The Prep Pigskin Report at 10:30 pm on KUSI for highlights, and don’t forget to follow @redjacketarmy on Instagram and Twitter!