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Torrey Pines defeats La Costa Canyon 29-13 in fog-filled Beach Bowl: 5 takeaways

Torrey Pines used an efficient attack on Friday night, scoring twice each on the ground and through the air to take down rival La Costa Canyon, 29-13.
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CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Torrey Pines used an efficient attack on Friday night, scoring twice each on the ground and through the air to take down rival La Costa Canyon, 29-13. The Falcons capitalized on a La Costa Canyon fumble in plus territory to begin the second half and played steady defense throughout the final two quarters to grab their second straight win in the series.

Below are five takeaways from the game.

TORREY PINES OFFENSE DOES ITS JOB

The Falcons entered Friday’s game averaging just over 29 points per game through their first eight contests and equaled that total with 29 points against the Mavericks.

After a scoreless first quarter, Torrey Pines scored touchdowns on each of their first two drives of the second quarter, punching in a two-point conversion after the second score.

“We had a good game plan, and we were executing,” Senior two-way starter Wyatt Gardner said. “The line was moving them, if we took care of the ball, we knew we were gonna get the job done.”

The Falcons added two more touchdowns in the second half while holding La Costa Canyon to only six points in the final two quarters.

WYATT GARDNER TURNS THE PAGE ON EARLY TURNOVER

On the opening series of the game, Torrey Pines junior quarterback Remi Baere connected with senior Wyatt Gardner on a 44-yard catch and run, before Gardner was stripped while fighting for extra yards, turning the ball over to the Mavericks.

“I just kind of forget about it,” Gardner said. “It’s a fluke thing and I wasn’t gonna let it happen again.”

Gardner followed through with his word, catching two touchdown passes from Baere, and sealing the game with a 17-yard touchdown run that put Torrey Pines up 29-13 with 2:37 to play.

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KEY PENALTIES SINK LA COSTA CANYON

An excellent punt from the Mavericks pinned the Falcons on their own three-yard line to start their second drive of the second quarter. After gaining only six yards on three plays, the Falcons lined up to punt and likely give the Mavericks excellent field position.

La Costa Canyon jumped offsides on the fourth and four play, giving the Falcons new life. They cashed in the mistake with a 74-yard run by Alex Taylor that was followed by a Remi Baere to Wyatt Gardner touchdown connection two plays later.

While the Falcons lined up to kick the extra point, La Costa Canyon jumped offsides twice in a row giving the Falcons a two-point conversion opportunity from the one-foot line that was cashed in by Alex Taylor for the 15-point lead.

FALCONS CLINCH OPEN DIVISION SPOT

A win on Friday essentially guaranteed the Falcons a spot in the four-team CIF Open Division bracket. They’ll likely have to face Carlsbad for the second time this season while Cathedral Catholic and Mission Hills battle it out on the other side of the bracket.

The Falcons should have familiarity once the playoffs begin, having played all three other open division seeds, losing to Carlsbad and Mission Hills by less than a touchdown.

“We just need to put a full game together and I think if we do that then we’ll have a good chance,” Gardner said of the upcoming playoff run.

VISITING STREAK CONTINUES

For the tenth straight time in the series, the road team emerged victorious. For the Falcons, a road win at their rivals’ campus means a little extra.

“It feels great,” Senior defensive end Zach Rowell said. “There’s a lot of talk, a lot of this and that, at the end of the day you look at the scoreboard and it feels great.”

The Falcons loaded up the bus postgame and headed for a team meal at In N Out as they do each time they take down the Mavericks on the road.

“I can’t even explain how it feels, headed to In N Out now, it’s the best feeling ever,” Wyatt Gardner said.

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