Ramona’s winning streak halted by Oceanside
By Bill Tamburrino
The Oceanside Pirates halted Ramona’s football win streak at seven as the Pirates beat the Bulldogs 42-0 at the Dawg Pound.
The Dawgs must put that loss behind them as they play Torrey Pines on the road for the Palomar League championship on Friday.
“This will be Torrey Pines’ last league game. If they beat us they will be undefeated in league play and champions. If we beat them we will still have one league game left. Even if we lose that game (to Westview) we will have beaten Torrey Pines in head to head competition. So this week we play for a Palomar League Championship,” explained Coach Damon Baldwin.
Oceanside’s defense was the dominant force in the game. The Pirate defense forced four interceptions and sacked quarterback Marco Cobian six times. Cobian finished the game hitting on three of 12 passes for 43 yards. Nathan Cherek, Tanner Williams and Matt Lawler caught one pass apiece.
The Bulldog offense had 184 total yards as five rushers ran for 141 yards. Brandon Gansch led the Bulldogs with 65 yards on 13 carries. His longest run was a 32-yard jaunt up the middle of the Pirate defense. Nathan Cherek had six carries for 41 yards. Justin Villagrana had a 25-yard run. Tanner “T-Bone” Williams had two carries for five yards. Cobian had one positive run but ended up with negative yardage due to the six sacks.
The closest Ramona came to scoring was on the final play of the first half when Tyler Vargas’ 50-yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar.
Oceanside’s offense took advantage of Ramona’s aggressive defense. The Pirates used “trick plays” to score its first two touchdowns. The Pirates’ first score came on a halfback pass. Ramona’s defense came up quickly to stop the run and Nikko Mageo hit a wide-open Mikah Holder for a 61-yard TD.
The Pirates’ second score came on a reverse. Again, Ramona hustled to stop a sweep and the initial ball carrier handed off to Holder who went untouched for a TD. Both of Oceanside’s first two touchdowns came after Ramona turnovers.
Travis Kerchner again led the Bulldog defense as he recorded 11 tackles. Garrett Binkley made an acrobatic interception on Ramona’s three yard line to stop a Pirate drive.
“I am not happy with the loss but if you would have told me in the beginning of the year that we would be 7-1 with our schedule going into the league championship game, I would have taken it. Torrey’s only two losses came from teams in the top five in the county — San Pasqual and Cathedral Catholic. It should be a very physical game,” said Baldwin.
The Bulldogs will not only play for a league championship but a high seed and two home games in the Division I playoffs Friday. It will be Torrey Pines’ Senior Night so a big crowd is expected. JV kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and varsity starts at 7 p.m.
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