Week 3: Torrey Pines Falcons 10, Olympian Eagles 7

The theme of the night was defense, as two strong units battled it out and ultimately, Torrey Pines was able to pull out the victory at home over Olympian, 10-7.

Known for their Wing-T-style running offense, Torrey Pines held the ball for nine minutes on its first possession but it ended with no points. Olympian didn’t do much on its first drive either and the first quarter ended, 0-0.

The first score of the game finally occurred later in the second quarter when kicker Mo Vanderweil nailed a 27-yard field goal to break the ice and put Torrey Pines up, 3-0.

Torrey Pines got the ball right back but ended the half with an interception. The ball was picked off by Olympian’s star player, senior Anthony Gilpin.

The slugfest continued into the third quarter as Torrey Pines continued to move the ball down the field at an incredibly deliberate pace on two separate drives. Those two drives, however, ended with failed fourth-down conversions in their opponent’s territory.

On the second of those stops, Olympian picked up the tempo of their offense and finally got something going. 

The Olympian drive was boosted by an incredible play on fourth down by Anthony Gilpin when he laid out to make a spectacular catch to put the Eagles in the red zone. From there, quarterback Lukas Hamilton found tight end Diego Sanchez in the back of the end zone with a bobbling grab for a touchdown. The 4-yard grab put Olympian up late in the third, 7-3.

Torrey Pines got the ball in the fourth quarter and finished with its most successful drive of the game. A couple of great runs by running back Cael Helfrich and timely passes from their quarterback Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi put the Falcons in position to score at the 8-yard line. From there, running back Dorian Lewis was able to take the handoff and punch it in to give Torrey Pines a 10-7 which would ultimately hold up as the final score. 

Both teams’ defensive units played outstanding games but Torrey Pines was able to gut it out just enough to take the victory on their home turf. The Falcons’ record moves to 2-1 on the year and they will go on the road next week to take on San Pasqual.

The Olympian Eagles take the loss and their record moves down to 1-2. They will look to regroup as they go on the road again next week when they take on Grossmont. 

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A matchup of two 1-1 teams starts off Week 3 of the high school football season as the Eagles of Olympian High take on the Falcons of Torrey Pines.

Torrey Pines took a trip up the 5 Freeway to take on San Clemente on the road. Unfortunately, the Falcons’ offense just couldn’t get it going and they ended up losing 31-7.

A team that relies heavily on its defense, led by senior linebacker Grant Anderson and defensive back Dorian Lewis, Torrey Pines will look to establish itself on that side of the ball and try to push field position in order to give their offense better scoring opportunities.

Torrey Pines is still making adjustments when it comes to their consistency on offense. The Falcons are the masters of running the Wing-T offense and they’ve been doing it for years. They had all-league players quarterback Jason Heine and running back Mac Bingham running the offense to perfection last year.

Coming into this season, however, the running game was a question mark as none of the players returning this year got significant carries the year before. However, through two games, running back Cael Helfrich has started to separate himself from the rest of the pack, accounting for 210 all-purpose yards (155 on the ground) and three touchdowns.

Olympian is looking to bounce back after losing to Poway last week 50-30.

Olympian is led by their star receiver and defensive back Anthony Gilpin. Gilpin (who will also be on the Prep Pigskin Report this Friday as a Spotlight Athlete) has done it all for his team through their first two games of the year on both sides of the ball. He had accumulated 137 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns, one sack, and one interception. But Gilpin cannot do it on his own, and after giving up 50 points last week, the Eagles defensive unit will look stifle the Falcons offense, led by defensive lineman Mychal Perry.

Olympian is a tough-nosed, grind it out team led by first-year head coach Ryan Van Nostrand.

The game starts at 7 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 6 at Torrey Pines High School.

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