By Michael Ragovin
La Jolla Country Day School’s varsity football team trounced Calvary Christian Academy, 70-6, in its first CIF playoff game of this season on Nov. 9. Hopes were high, confidence was up and momentum was moving in the right direction … then the scene shifted to Nov. 16, 2012 at Balboa Stadium where the CIF quarterfinals took place matching the La Jolla Country Day Torreys with the Horizon High School Panthers.
For the 11th consecutive year, Coach Hutzler’s Torreys had reached the quarterfinals.
Optimism continued as Country Day built a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on an interception return of 33 yards by Josh Church and an 5-yard touchdown run by Sage Burmeister, followed by a Wallace field goal.
Cole Goldklang would score on a 29-yard run in the second quarter, however, the wheels began to fall off as the Panthers scored 26 points before the half ended for a 26-17 halftime lead.
The third quarter saw Country Day score on an 11-yard run by Burmeister, and it ended with Horizon in front, 26-24. Horizon went on to score 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter ending up with a 40-24 win.
As Coach Hutzler put it, “In the end, the Torreys could not overcome Horizon’s talented playmakers or their own errors.” Unfortunately, these miscues were very untimely coming in the form of an interception, a fumble and a muffed kickoff.
Outstanding performances were turned in by running backs Burmeister and Goldklang. Burmiester rushed for 122 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns. Goldklang carried 11 times for 108 yards and one touchdown. Linebacker Josiah Poutoa had nine solo tackles and Josh Church had seven tackles and an interception.
The future of Torrey Football looks very strong. Darian Brown and Goldklang, both sophomores, had outstanding years on the junior varsity as running backs. Brown ran for 657 yards on 44 carries for a 15-yard average and 11 touchdowns. Goldklang had 445 rushing yards on 43 carries for a 10-yard average and 10 touchdowns. Both performed extremely well when playing for varsity. Brown had 28 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns and Goldklang ran the ball 42 times gaining 437 yards for 10-yard average and four touchdowns.
Matt Yandel and Chris Bee produced a potent JV aerial attack. Yandel passed for 752 yards completing 40 of 65 attempts yielding 10 touchdowns with no interceptions and a passer rating of 144. C. Bee caught 16 balls for 367 yards and a 23-yard per catch average. He also had four touchdown receptions.
Congratulations to Sage Burmeister and Josiah Poutoa for their monster seasons and careers. Burmeister led the offense with 1,286 rushing yards on 164 carries with a seven-yard average while scoring 23 touchdowns. Poutoa had 54 solo tackles, 82 assists and 5 sacks.