Despite jumping out to a 21-6 halftime lead, the Falcons (6-4) fell to La Costa Canyon High School (7-3) 27-21 on Nov. 3.
The Falcons seized the momentum early in the game after they picked off the Mavericks on their opening drive and forced a fumble on their next drive. A solid rushing attack by Mac Bingham (11), quarterback Jason Heine (11) and finally Sully O’Brien (12) gave the Falcons a 7-0 lead.
After the Mavericks turned the ball over on downs on the Falcons 21-yard line, Heine capitalized by hitting O'Brien for 25 yards and then took the ball in himself for eight yards and a 14-0 Falcons lead.
Immediately after, the Mavericks marched down the field for a touchdown, but their extra point sailed wide.
On the next drive, Heine again showed off his legs when he ran from nine yards out for another touchdown to put the Falcons ahead 21-6 before the half.
Although they rushed for 171 yards in the first half, the Falcons offense could not find a rhythm during the second half.
The Mavericks took advantage of the stagnant offense, using a balanced rushing and passing attack to carve away at the Falcons' lead. They took their first lead of the game with under two minutes remaining after they connected on a 17-yard pass play and converted the two-point try for a 27-21 advantage.
The Falcons had one last chance to score with a minute and a half left in the game, but on third and eighteen, Heine was flushed out of the pocket and his pass into traffic was picked off.
The Falcons will have a chance to make up for their loss, as they will head to La Costa Canyon High School for round one of the Open Division Playoffs on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
Photos from Friday night's game by Travis Felthaus: