Possession in sports means physical control of the ball, the condition of being on offense. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean to win the game.
Ramona Pop Warner Dawg Pack players found that out on Saturday. Although the Dawg Pack had possession of the ball over two-thirds of the game, the offense couldn’t convert and the team lost to the Temecula Bruins 16-6.
Odds were already against the Dawg Pack with five players out ill and at least that many ill but playing. But the offense came out fighting and after a seven-minute drive, quarterback Garrett Binkley threw the ball to Jacob Keyser in the end zone for the first score of the game. The point after was no good and the Dawg Pack led 6-0.
Two plays later, the Battling Bruins came back and scored with the point after good and the score now read 6-8. The offense was back out on the field, where they were much of the game, but, despite pass receptions by Sean Stemm, Erik Schmidt and Adam Parades and running by Garrett Binkley, turnovers and a couple of impressive defensive stands by Temecula kept the Dawg Pack from scoring any more points.
The Dawg Pack defense played a solid game, coaches said. Matthew Shaw had a quarterback sack and Erik Schmidt had a fumble recovery. But the Bruins would score one more time to make the score 16-6.
With one minute and 59 seconds left, the game was called after an injury to Ramona’s defensive player, Drew Robinson. Dawg Pack players, coaches and families wish Drew a full and speedy recovery.