The Torrey Pines Falcons varsity travelled to Bellflower to take on the St. John Bosco Braves Saturday, December 15. Bosco won the Red Division Championship last year with a win over Saint Augustine.
“I knew we had our hands full when we got there and their team had the same players from last year’s champion team,” said Coach Matty Sandoval. “They have three All-Americans, all slated to play Division football next fall. They were big, fast and tough.”
The Falcons defensive line was challenged early by a succession of “pick and jams” in their own half, leading to the first Bosco try. The Braves employed the same strategy throughout the first half, and when the Falcons resourced the breakdown with defenders, Bosco spun the ball to their All-Americans at flyhalf and center, who attacked the Falcons back with speed and athleticism.
The Braves took a lopsided 31-6 score into halftime, the result of superior play, and missed tackles. Coach Matty implored his side to commit to the tackle and kick the ball out of the Falcon half. They listened and played a much better second half, playing the Braves close to even.
Although the final was 45-12, the coaches were pleased with the second half effort.
“The second half showed we can play with anybody,” said Coach Matty. “I can’t see anybody beating Bosco, and if we handle our business and win our upcoming games, we get another crack at them.”
Cargill 3 penalty kicks; Tropio 1 penalty kick
Man of the match:
Next up: Cathedral