La Jolla Country Day, Bishop’s School advance in football

La Jolla Country Day School and The Bishop’s School were headed for the next round of football playoffs, while the two school’s girls volleyball squads faced off Tuesday, after the Light’s press time, for a spot in the state championship.


Country Day rolled to a 56-0 victory over Tri-City Christian in the second round of the D-V playoffs on Nov. 27, securing its first quarterfinals win since 2005.

The Torreys (10-1), who are seeded fourth in their bracket and had a first-round bye, are scheduled to visit top-seeded Francis Parker (9-2) for a semifinal game on Dec. 4. The winner will advance to play in the D-V finals Dec. 11 at Qualcomm Stadium.

Ruben Pena sparked the offense, completing seven of his eight passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns, including a 70-yard scoring strike on the Torreys’ first offensive play. He also rushed seven times for 55 yards and a score.

Montell Allen added 119 yards and three scores on 16 carries, and Conner Gerhart led Country Day’s receivers with 154 yards on five catches, including two touchdowns.

Allen and Mical Bailey each had 11 tackles, and Gerhart had seven tackles and recovered a fumble. Kicker Hunter Khaleghi converted all eight of his point-after-touchdown attempts.

The Bishop’s School secured a 22-7 victory over Foothills Christian in the second round of the D-V playoffs on Nov. 27.

The Knights (7-4), seeded third, were scheduled to visit second-seeded Christian (7-4) in a semifinal game on Dec. 4 for the right to advance to next week’s championship.

Alec Fisher paced the Knights’ offense, rushing 14 times for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Fisher totaled 16 tackles, and Alec Fisher had 15. Hector Eribez had two of the Knights’ four interceptions.

Also on Nov. 27, La Jolla High School fell to second-seeded Valley Center, 49-6, in the second round of the Division IV playoffs, finishing its first season under Rey Hernandez with a 5-7 record.

The Vikings trailed by two touchdowns after the first quarter, and the Jaguars ran away with the game in the second half.

La Jolla quarterback Zac Zlatic completed 11 of his 22 passes for 103 yards, but did not throw a touchdown and was intercepted twice. The Vikings managed just 79 rushing yards, with Garrett Christenson’s 26 leading the way. La Jolla’s only scoring came on two Braden Fudge field goals.