Two scrimmage games Friday in San Pasqual
By Bill Tamburrino
“The scrimmage was outstanding from the perspective of allowing kids to get a closer feel of what it is like to play a game,” Coach Damon Baldwin said after Ramona High’s three football teams completed the Family Day scrimmage and barbecue on Saturday. “We have nine sophomores and several kids up from the junior varsity and it was good to see them at varsity speed and tempo.”
The varsity got in over 60 plays and came out of the scrimmage healthy, according to Baldwin. “That is a tribute to our off-season program which the coaches and players participated in. I think that is the best off-season program in the San Diego section”
Baldwin was also pleased with the balance his team showed on both sides of the ball. He singled out the play of sophomore defensive back and wide receiver Keyanis Crichlow. Crichlow returned an interception for a touchdown and was on the receiving end of a Javier Dominguez 80-yard touchdown pass.
With a three-way scrimmage against San Pasqual and Del Norte high schools at San Pasqual at 6 p.m. on Aug. 26 and the final week of fall camp, the depth chart is starting to shape up.
On offense Josh Mahaffey, Garlan Marshal, Angelo Valdez, Jason Laws and Crichlow are battling for two wide receiver spots. At slot receiver and tight end, Kevin Hagan, Dallas Jansen, Nicholas Fitzpatrick, Christian Drews, Scott Thomas, Jesus Bueno and Chris Lindquist are vying for playing time.
Baldwin uses multiple formations, so several receivers see plenty of game action.
Running back could be by committee with no returning starter at the position on the roster. The Dawgs sometimes use two running back sets but are in a one back set the majority of the time. Kirk Kaliszewski is the front runner at the position, but Dominquez, Elias Jaruegui, Shane Barnes, Nathan Cherek, Brenden Tustison and Stephen Rothermel could all see playing time. Since many of the running backs also play defense, several will see action in games.
The offensive line has the most returning starters and varsity lettermen of any group on the team. Kwayde Miller, Eric Box, Luke Papps and Preston Johnson all started last season. Patrick Hastings, Ben Wood, Paul Mehaffie, Zach Hale Connor Guasti and Ivan Rodriquez are vying for the final starting spot and playing time.
At quarterback, Hunter McHargue snaps with the first team, Ryan Lopez ran the second unit, and Josh Mahaffey is also listed at the position. Travis Stevens saw playing time last season but is out with a broken leg.
Ali Aparicio is listed as kicker. Christian Glotfelty returns as punter.
Defensive coordinator Stephon Pace has his work cut out. The defense only returns three starters and has five sophomores vying for starting spots.
Two sophomores are named Tanner Williams. Tanner S. Williams will go by the name of T-bone. T-Bone is a linebacker and Tanner C. Williams is a defensive back. Both are in the hunt for a starting spot.
Christian Drews, T-bone and Kirk Kaliszewski are starters at linebacker. Robert Hill, Daniel Kemp, Levi Lotero, Brawnson Walter and Lindquist are also vying for playing time.
Chandler Vasquez, Jureall Simmons, Johnson and Daniel VanTol are penciled in as starters on the line, but they are being pushed by Marcus Gomez, Zach Berg, Devin Rhodes Harold Ashberry and Sam Noel. Offensive players Miller, Rothermel, Papps and Box are also practicing on the defensive side of the ball.
Dominguez, Jauregui, Robbie Farren and Cherek are listed as starters at defensive back. Alex Ghareeb, Mason Ericson, John Harmaz Mahaffey, Crichlow, Tanner Williams and Glotfelty are also defensive backs, and, with several slated to play offense, several will play defensive back.
“We still have a long way to go to beat Grossmont,” said Baldwin. “With the schedule we have this season, we will need every bit of our last week of camp to install the rest of our systems and finalize who will begin in starting and backup roles. One thing for sure. This is a great group of kids who work hard and enjoy playing together. They make coaching a wonderful job.”