Week 13 South Bay Game of the Week: La Jolla Country Day Torreys 48, Montgomery Aztecs 29
No.6 La Jolla Country Day advances to the Division IV semi-finals after defeating No.3 Montgomery, 48-29.
Another strong performance by La Jolla Country Day quarterback E.J. Kreutzmann as he accumulated more than 500 yards on offense and seven touchdowns. His 430 passing yards and 73 rushing yards helped his case for becoming the offensive player of the year in San Diego.
The doubters will point fingers at the lesser competition in Division IV, but a quarterback who can see the field like he can, pass while moving backwards and gash defenses with his legs will make any program in the county better. The senior’s intelligence is off the charts as well as he will head to the University of Columbia to play baseball next year.
Montgomery was without one of their best players as Jaheem Williams suffered a high-ankle injury a couple weeks ago and was unable to go. Quarterback Alexander Dixie was also less than 100 percent and was unable to separate from defenders like usual. However, both players will be back next season as seniors and have the ability to carry this team to another run in the playoffs.
The Torrey’s jumped out to an early 12-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game. Kreutzmann found receiver Daniel Rosenberg and running back Nick Albert on short routes and they both did the rest for a 68 and 43-yard touchdown. Both Rosenberg and Albert scored again on their next two possessions to go up 28-0.
Montgomery would get on the board with seven minutes remaining in the first half as Daniel Ortiz ran for a 21-yard touchdown. The Aztecs would make it a game punching it in with seconds remaining in the first half to cut the deficit 36-21.
Montgomery was able to run the ball effectively, but Kreutzmann was too much to handle as he kept slicing and dicing the Aztec defense with his arms and legs. With the Aztecs chasing in the second half by multiple scores and the inability to slow down Kreutzmann, they became one-dimensional and didn’t have enough juice in the tank to keep up.
The Aztecs return a lot of key players next year and it would be a surprise to not see them surpass this year’s run.
La Jolla Country Day advances to play No.2 Serra next week.