Friday Night Lights starts Friday

By Bill Tamburrino

Head Football Coach Damon Baldwin is looking forward to playing under the Friday Night Lights at Ramona High School Friday against the El Cajon Valley Braves.

Bulldog linebackers (front to back) Ben Barnat, Christian Drews and Travis Kerchner take off after the ball snap against Carlsbad High School. Sentinel photo/Bill Tamburrino

The junior varsity will kick off at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity will tee it up at 7 p.m.

The Dawgs traveled to San Pasqual High School last Friday to scrimmage Carlsbad and San Pasqual high schools. As promised, Baldwin kept to his scripted plays on offense and in his words the offense and defense were very “vanilla.”

The conservative play calling was because scouts and photographers from future opponents were filming the scrimmage. During regular season games the Bulldogs offense uses several sets and makes maximum use of shifts and movement before the snap to see what the defense is trying to do and to get an advantage. The defense will change fronts and disguise their coverages, and use stunts to confuse the opponents’ offensives. Last Friday the offense and defense just lined up and played.

During the scrimmage the Dawgs just wanted to concentrate on alignment and assignment.

Baldwin was pleased with the results. He singled out the play of senior running back Justin Villagrana. For the second straight week the 150-pound back played well when called upon.

Baldwin also had praise for the play of junior wide receiver and defensive back Dylan Shields.

The coach was pleased with the play of senior offensive guard Mike Hoover and the defensive play of nose guard Leo Duron.

Carlsbad gave the Bulldogs a good look on offense and defense. The Lancers run a pro type offense and an aggressive defense. The Lancers advanced to the second round of the CIF playoffs last season and are much improved this year.

“I was impressed with the physicality of Ramona. They get off of the ball and come right at you,” said Lancer Defensive Coordinator Brandon Chillar.

San Pasqual runs a full house option offense that the Dawgs will not see again this year. The Eagles, who also advanced  to the second round of the CIF playoffs last season, run a defensive front that the Dawgs will see several times in the regular season.

“It is always a challenge lining up against a Bulldog football team. They are physical and are fundamentally sound. Playing them lets you know if you can compete in the North County,” said Tony Corley, San Pasqual’s head football coach.

The El Cajon Valley Braves went 3-7 last season. They started off the year by winning three of their first four games and then lost their final six games. They were 0-4 in Grossmont Valley League action.

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