Scrimmages test Bulldog football team’s skills

By Bill Tamburrino

It is officially called “Camp” at Ramona High School; however, the parents, especially those who played the game, and the players call it “Hell Week.”

In actuality, it is about two weeks of meetings, double days, conditioning and learning. It ended last Saturday night with an inter squad scrimmage.

Nathan Cherek runs for yardage during the scrimmage. Photo/Doug Sooley

Coach Damon Baldwin was pleased with the results of the scrimmage, but sees areas of concern that need work. Baldwin was very happy with his stable of running backs especially Justin Villagrana.

“Justin played on the junior varsity last season and he really played well in the scrimmage,” Baldwin said. He also saw good performances from running backs Nathan Cherek and Brandon Gansch.

Baldwin said he thinks the areas that need immediate attention are “our run defense and defensive fundamentals. We did not tackle well. Our offense has to take better care of the ball. We have to eliminate the interceptions and fumbles.”

“Overall we got some great work in. Our special teams look very good for so early in the season. Every player got a chance to show what he can do on film. The cameras (sideline and end zone) tell nothing but the truth with no bias at all. The scrimmage started the process of telling us who can play varsity football under the Friday Night Lights,” said the coach.

All three teams will travel to San Pasqual High School on Friday for a three-way scrimmage with San Pasqual and Carlsbad. The frosh tee it up at 3 p.m., followed by junior varsity at 4 p.m., and varsity at 6 p.m.

“The scrimmage will be a test of physicality. We are just going to be physical on offense and defense. Our first three opponents will be scouting us so we will be very vanilla on both sides of the ball. We are going to see who wants to block and tackle. We are going to work on stopping the run and running the ball at a 4.5-yards-per-carry average.”

Quarterback Marco Cobian barks out the signals as he looks over the defense during the scrimmage. Photo/Doug Sooley

The Dawgs are ranked very high in pre-season polls. One poll has the Dawgs ranked eighth overall in the San Diego Section and ranked fourth in Division I. Ramona’s schedule is ranked as the one of the toughest, if not the toughest, in the section.

Baldwin was also pleased with the play of sophomore quarterback Marco Cobian. If anybody knows the pressures and expectations of starting at quarterback as a sophomore it is Cobian’s coach, Erik Ernst. Ernst is the only other sophomore QB to start for Baldwin at Ramona High.

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