Torreys, Knights roll in football openers


The fall prep sports season opened Friday with wins for two local football teams and a canceled game for the other.

La Jolla Country Day rolled to a 49-7 victory over Calvin Christian of Escondido to open its season on Sept. 4.

The Torreys got moving in the right direction when linebacker Mical Bailey intercepted a pass on Calvin Christian’s first possession and returned it to the 2 yard line, setting up an easy Country Day score. La Jolla Country Day forged ahead to a 28-0 lead at halftime, and led 42-0 before the end of the third quarter.

Quarterback Derek Hatfield led the Torreys by completing eight of his 14 passes for 142 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. He hit four receivers in the end zone - Connor Gerhart, Ruben Pena, Alberto Yanez and Bailey.

Montell Allen rushed seven times for 91 yards and a touchdown, and Hatfield had 67 yards and a score on 11 rushing attempts.

Country Day’s defense was sparked by Bailey’s seven tackles. Gerhart and Mac Kaland each had five tackles.

Hunter Khaleghi converted all seven of his point-after-touchdown attempts.

The Bishop’s School sailed to a 56-0 win in its Sept. 5 season-opening game against Instituto Mexico of Tijuana. In their first game under new head coach Joel Allen, the Knights surged to a 21-0 first-quarter lead, added 21 more points before halftime, and then eased off in the second half.

Quarterback Joey Moreno paced the Knights, completing 10 of his 14 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns. Kyle Gantz caught two of those touchdown passes, while Alec Fisher caught two balls for 41 yards.

Fisher also led the ground attack, totaling 84 yards on four carries. A.J. Chedrick carried four times for 63 yards.

Micah Seau was the Knights’ defensive stalwart, with 10 tackles. Robbie Stiefler added six, and Austin Fisher had five, including two sacks. Stiefler added an interception, and Adam Malkiewicz picked off two passes.

Gregory Ball covers sports for La Jolla Light. He can be reached at ballgregory@yahoo.