Filed by Head Football Coach Jeff Hutzler.
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UPPER SCHOOL -- When you play football for Michigan, you gotta beat Ohio State. When you play for Alabama, its Auburn you must beat. The Texas vs. Oklahoma Red River Rivalry is one of football’s traditional slugfests. The Harvard-Yale game makes or breaks the season for both teams. The Army-Navy game is a classic because the teams are fierce rivals with the winners earning a life time of bragging rights. Williams and Amherst feel the same way; that is the one game each team must win. And for the players and coaches at La Jolla Country Day and The Bishop’s School it is this game, the annual “Brains Bowl”, that is the game that make or breaks each season. One of the great things about football is that because teams play only once a week and put so much preparation into each contest, every game matters, every game is very important. But no game matters as much as the Country Day-Bishop’s game; this game really matters!
Former Country Day Coach Rick Woods addressed the Torrey players in their locker room before they took the field adding even more weight to a night already brimming over with significance; homecoming and Bishop’s! Coach Woods earned a 11-4 career win-loss record over Bishop’s in the 1980’s and 90’s so all ears, eyes and hearts were wide open while he spoke about Torrey tradition and pride. The Torreys (5-3, 2-2) roared out of their locker room and jumped to a 7-0 lead as Sage Burmeister ’13 returned the opening kickoff 99 yds. for a TD. The Knights (4-5, 1-3) answered right back with a nice 19 yd. TD pass but Country Day middle linebacker Josiah Poutoa ’13 blocked their extra point attempt to keep the Torreys in the lead 7-6. The Torreys pushed their lead to 37-6 before Bishop’s, showing the fight one expects in a game of this magnitude, stormed back to cut Country Day’s lead to 37-26 in the 3rd quarter. The Torreys responded with some heart of their own to outscore Bishop’s 14-8 in the 4th quarter and to put the game away 51-34.
Burmeister was outstanding rushing for 242 yds. and 4 TD’s (8, 13, 50 and 79 yds.). Sage also caught 1 pass for 11 yards and, of course, scored on his 99 yd. KOR. Starting his first varsity game at QB replacing injured starter Eddie Garcia ’13 (elbow), Jimmy Prosser ’14 was as cool as the other side of the pillow connecting on 7 of 11 passes for 93 yds., rushing for a 2 yd. TD and throwing 1 int. Poutoa caught 2 passes for 23 yds. and Tyler Sheflo ’13 caught 2 for 28 yds.
Poutoa was a monster on defense racking up an incredible 17 tackles (13 solos!) to go along with his blocked PAT. Playing his first game back after being out with a back injury the last 2 weeks, LBer Josh Church ’13 was outstanding making 12 tackles (7 solos). DT Brandon Wachs ’14 made 8 tackles, DE Max Scurlock ‘13 made 6 and Sheflo recorded 4 stops. DE Nate Michalski ’13 who committed to William College to play both football and baseball this past week, had a terrific night making 4 tackles, recovering a fumble and taking it 27 yds. to the house and tacking the Bishop’s RB in the end zone for a safety.
Kicker Leigh Wallace ’13 was sharp all night keeping the ball away from Bishop’s star kick returner Bulla Graft and hitting on all 7 of his PAT’s. Center Vinnie Paolucci was also a key contributor on special teams recovering 2 Bishop’s onside kicks.
The JV Torreys (7-0) won their tilt with Bishop’s on Thurs. night 50-6.
The Torreys will play their last regular season game of the year at Escondido Charter at Valley Center HS next Friday night, Nov. 2 at 7:00 PM. The JV’s will play ECHS at LJCD on Thurs. Nov. 1 at 5:30 PM.
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Photos by Andy Hayt, Torrey Times Student Photographer Karen Achar, and May Vukotich.