CIF Kickoff Classic showcases varsity football

   No matter what one calls it—Hell Week or Camp—it’s over and the 2009 Bulldog varsity football team is ready to play against an opponent.

The double days ended with Bulldog Family Day and scrimmage on Saturday.

   The frosh team was impressive. Coach Mike Ernst and his staff have put in the basic offense and defense and the frosh team impressed the entire coaching staff.

   The junior varsity and varsity are tired of hitting one another and the varsity will get a chance to hit Rancho Bernardo High School tomorrow night in the CIF Kickoff Classic at RHS. The event is sponsored by the CIF, so Ramona Bulldog season ticket holders will have to pay admission. The event raises money for CIF teams that have to travel long distances in the playoffs.

   The varsity will take the field at 7:30. Since four schools will be involved, it is advised that spectators get to the Dawg Pound early. There will be another scrimmage at 5 p.m.

   The Bullpups and the junior varsity will travel to Rancho Bernardo this afternoon for a scrimmage

Coach Ed Munyer’s defense was the number one defense in the county last season against the most important statistic, giving up points. This year the Dawgs will be using the same scheme so the Bulldogs don’t have to learn a new defense; they just have to refine the one they know.

   The Dawgs will use primarily a four-man front that is considered a strength of the defense.  Seniors Christian Scherer, Quinton Wright, Dakota Rhodes and John Henry Yorba all lettered last season. Seniors Fidel Lopez and Steve Foster are up from a junior varsity team that played for the league championship last season.

   Senior DJ Adams is new to the program. Junior Marshall Thrasher is vying for a starting spot at end and junior Jacob Sanders is also in the mix. Coaches Mike Johnson and Bob Schulty said they are happy with the progress of their troops.

   The linebacker corps is a question mark. It will have three new starters. Sam Hine is the only returning letterman in the corps. Jacob Graham is up from the junior varsity but did not play linebacker last season. Shea Bailey, Jarod Widner and Elasar Gordillo did not play last season and are seniors.

Senior Logan Peterson is up from the junior varsity. Matt Neyland has moved from the defensive line and has earned a starting spot.  Trevor Michaux, Nate Snyder and Bolton Lenard are also in the mix. Sophomore Colton Houlihan is vying for a starting spot.

   “We do not have much experience, but there is a lot of talent,” said Munyer. “We will be sound at backer.”

   The defensive backfield can also be listed as a strength, as it returns three lettermen. Seniors Seth Drake, Trevor Kerchner and Marcos Ledezma are back with varsity experience. Tyler Harvey and Colin Murphy are up from the junior varsity and Chris Danby is new to the program.

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