Week 4: La Jolla Country Day Torreys 30, Tri-City Christian Eagles 12
With the steady hand and lead of quarterback EJ Kreutzmann, the La Jolla Country Day Torreys on Friday night defeated the Tri-City Christian School Eagles 30-12, sending Tri-City back into its own locker room with its first loss of the 2019 season.
Kreutzmann either passed for or scored himself every touchdown on the evening for the Torreys, extending La Jolla Country Day’s season-opening win streak to four.
Tri-City Coach Shane Goodwin could be heard from outside his team’s post-game scrum recalling challenges faced by his players during the game, calling it a “game of two halves” as he went on to take responsibility before them of shortcomings he encouraged the team to improve upon.
His assessment of the halves wasn’t far off. At the half, Tri-City (2-1) held a 12-8 lead over the Torreys (4-0), gained in come-from-behind style on an 8-yard touchdown run from John-Paul Sagale and a 16-yard touchdown reception for Braden Knight. At that point, the Torreys’ Kreutzmann had only thrown for one of his three touchdown passes on the night.
Kreutzmann’s second touchdown pass came in the third quarter — a 6-yarder to Daniel Rosenberg — and his final scoring pass came in the fourth quarter on a 21-yard toss to Nicholas Albert. That last one proved unnecessary for a La Jolla Country Day victory, as did the Torreys’ score in the drive just prior to it, when Kreutzmann scrambled right around the Eagles’ defense for a 2-yard keeper into the end zone.
La Jolla Country Day will now prepare to face the 3-1 Santa Fe Christian Eagles in Solana Beach in Week 5. Tri-City Christian will again be home in Week 5, as it faces the 1-3 Saddleback Valley Christian Warriors out of San Juan Capistrano.
– Preview –
Points junkies, unite. This Week 4 match-up between two undefeated teams looks to offer a lot for the offensive-minded football fan. In a combined five games leading into this one, the La Jolla Country Day Torreys and Tri-City Christian Eagles have posted a total of 244 points, and the two teams have only allowed 105 points to opponents in that same span of time.
The two will meet at 7 p.m. Friday on Tri-City’s home turf in Vista. And something has got to give in this one. One will remain undefeated, while the other experiences a first defeat.
Both of Tri-City’s wins have come against teams ranked north of 1,000 in the MaxPreps state rankings — Calipatria at No. 1005 and O’Farrell Charter at No. 1018.
Meanwhile, the Torreys’ opponents have been generally stronger, including No. 755 in Chula Vista and No. 756 in Classical Academy. The Torreys’ third opponent — Cardenas Federal Prep our of Tijuana — is unranked but gave La Jolla Country Day its toughest challenge in what was a narrow 55-49 Torreys’ victory in Week 2.
A shallow look might give the Torreys and senior quarterback EJ Kreutzmann, who has already completed nearly 100 passes for 1,545 yards and 16 touchdowns, an edge in this one, but delivering shutouts in each of its first two games was no small feat for the Eagles, even if its opponents were substantially weaker than the Torreys’ opponents.
While sophomore Eagle middle linebacker Jason Mageo has shown his competence on defense, he’s also proven to be effective on the ground when in as a running back.
And in the Eagles’ second game, against O’Farrell Charter, quarterback Noah Waldeck threw touchdown pass after touchdown pass, connecting multiple times with receiver Trey Blackford, and for scores on passes as long as 42 yards.
This should be a good test of each team’s defense, and that’s a tough call at this point.
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