Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter — the Mavericks being particularly hindered by the loss of gamebreaking RB-WR-KR Vincenzo Perretta, who watched the game on the sideline with his arm in a sling.
Early in the second quarter, Greg Roland of the Mavericks muffed a punt at his own 11-yard line. The Falcons punched into the end zone in four plays, scoring on a 1-yard plunge by Jon Rubin. The score remained that way at halftime.
In the third quarter, WB Shane Kilcoyne ran 38 yards on a counter off a beautiful ball fake by QB Chase Kelley (photo), reaching the LCC 9. A holding penalty and a sack by Jeff Sperla ended the drive, but K Jordan Weitzen nailed a 43-yard FG — with room to spare.
Roland (looking for running room in photo, below) fumbled not long after, with Nick Vay recovering at the 22. Tim Barnes sealed the victory with a 25-yard scoring scamper.
“We got some breaks,” Falcons coach Ed Burke said after the game.
LB Aaron D’Agostini, who led a terrific defensive performance, later intercepted a pass at La Costa’s 30. That led to Weitzen’s second FG, this one from 45 yards out. He later hit a 30-yard attempt for the end of the scoring.
Burke gave his thanks to the defensive players and coaches after the game, particularly coordinator Rick Ashby, who “saved our bacon tonight, and a good kicker.”
The Falcons host a pretty good Fallbrook team next week before resting with a bye week. Then they open Palomar League play against San Marcos, so a 6-0 start is starting to look like a real possibility. And if Carlsbad falls at upstart Chula Vista Friday, the Falcons could also rise to #1 in the county. The Mavericks now have a week to rest before hosting powerhouse Concord de la Salle, which entered the season on a national-record 138-game winning streak.
- Message to Ma and Pa Weitzen: you might soon be able to blow the nest egg you’ve been saving for Jordan’s (photo, watching his third FG sail well above the middle of the uprights) college education. Some school wanting a kicker will pick up the tab for him.
- How much a difference would Perretta have made? A lot, probably. The Falcons would have won, but the Mavericks couldn’t move the ball consistantly without him and were very unlikely to pop a big one without him in the game.
- Torrey Pines is one of the top two or three venues in the county, in terms of the facility and the atmosphere, but this game was something special. It took us 10 minutes to walk from the only available parking spot in a nearby neighborhood to the stadium. Only other time something like that happened was when the entire city of Santee seemed to show up to a playoff game hosted by the miracle Santana squad of 1999.
- In other games, Westview won its first ever varsity game at home, 23-6 over San Diego. The Cavers, so good during summer tournaments, are now 0-3. Mount Carmel downed mistake-prone Poway for the first time in years, 27-6. Madison shut out Ramona 6-0.
- We greatly appreciate the lighting at the Falcons stadium. Wish all prep football fields were so bright.