Ramona’s junior varsity football players got a feeling of what it will be like playing under the lights against a Poway USD football team as they beat first year school, Del Norte High School, 35-6 in the second game of a doubleheader last Thursday.
Because Del Norte is a new school, North County Conference schools are allowed to schedule an 11th game on the frosh and junior varsity levels to give the Nighthawks a full schedule in their inaugural season.
The junior varsity enjoyed the nightlife as they took their initial possession and drove for a score. The Dawgs built a 28-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 35-6 win. Every healthy member of the squad contributed to the win (the JVs have been hit by the flu bug, too).
Travis Stevens was six for nine for 89 yards and a touchdown. Trevor Dotson tossed a TD pass. He hit Garlan Marshall with a 56-yard halfback pass. Marshall had three catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns.
Paul Loska (1 for 16 yards), Manuel Appel (1 for 6 yards), Jeremiah Jordan (1 for 52 yards) and Eli Jauregui ( 1 for 11 yards) also caught Stevens’ aerials.
The Dawgs rushed for 185 yards. Kirk Kaliszewski had 20 rushes for 148 yards. Tyler Weaver-Villa ran for 13 yards. Appel rushed for three yards and Dotson added 30 yards on the ground. Bolton Lenard and Davie Kozakiewicz also had carries. Andrew Lisowski, Luke Papps, Brandon Barnum, Nich Heimpel, Preston Johnson, Aaron Barber and Nick Fitzpatrick paved the way with their blocking and hey did not allow a sack.
On special teams, Jordan hit 5 extra points. The special teams play of the day was turned in by Luke Gullage, who made a diving catch on an onside kick attempt.
The defense limited the Nighthawks to minus yardage in the first half. Coach Marc Boykins had a hard time naming standouts.
“Everybody played well,” he said. “We had great coverage in the secondary and the D-line stopped the rushing game and pressured the QB on every pass.”
Boykins had praise for the play of Sam Noel, Thomas Pacheco, Chandler Vasquez, Jacob Gallegos and Derek Harlan for stopping the running game. Steve Rothermel and Jauregui both had interceptions. Nathan Snyder also played well against the run and pass.
The junior varsity record improved to 7-1 on the year. They are in first place in the Valley League with a 3-0 record.