MARTINEZ, CA – Campolindo’s John Torchio had another impressive showing, completing 10 of 19 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-8 win over Concord at Alhambra High School on Friday night.
The Cougars (6-2, 3-0 DAL) struck first, midway through the second quarter, first on a 12-yard run from Kaleo Nelson, and then on a three-yard run from Kyle Leuteneker to cap back-to-back scoring drives. On the next Campolindo drive, Torchio showed his running capabilities with a 38 yard kick-return to the Minutemen 45-yard line. Torchio then threw a long pass to junior Lucas Allen for a 45 yard touchdown, increasing the Cougars’ lead 21-0 with 2:39 left in the half.
With under a minute left in the half, Torchio had another punt return into Concord territory, and capped off the drive with a 32-yard pass to Allen, and then a 16-yard touchdown pass to Parker Windatt with 13 seconds remaining, making the score 28-0 in favor of Campolindo.
Concord running back Austin Williams had a 30-yard kick return, which gave the Concord offense a good field position, but defensive plays from juniors Ian Concepcion and Paddo Buckley kept the host Minutemen scoreless in the first half.
The Cougars continued to increase their lead with a short touchdown pass from Torchio to Allen early in the third, and a 23-yard pass to Justin Ehrenberger from sophomore Grant Harper, increasing the Cougars’ lead to 42-0 after the third quarter.
The host Minutemen (1-6, 0-2) finally broke through the Cougars defense with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Murphy to Ben Daynes. Daynes also scored on a two-point conversion with 6:23 remaining in the game, cutting the score to 42-8.
Campolindo travels to up-and-coming Acalanes on Friday night, while Concord plays Miramonte at Alhambra High School, also on Friday night.
“The defense needs to continue with tonight’s efforts in order to contain Acalanes” said Campolindo coach Kevin Macy. “Next week will be a match-up of two great quarterbacks, Torchio and Robby Rowell.”
Campo-Nelson 12 Run (Ortman kick)
Campo-Leuteneker 3 Run (Ortman kick)
Campo-Allen 45 Pass from Torchio (Ortman kick)
Campo-Windatt 16 Pass from Torchio (Ortman kick)
Campo-Allen 2 Pass from Torchio (Bruel kick)
Campo-Ehrenberger 23 Pass from Harper (Bruel kick)
Concord-Daynes 39 Pass from Murphy (Daynes pass from Murphy)