If the Valley Center Roaring Jaguars came to town looking for a big victory against the host Junior Mitey Mite Ramona Attack Dawgs, they were surprised. The Ramona Pop Warner team took BullDawg Stadium ready for a fight — playing a complete game in all phases: offense, defense and special teams.
Winning the coin toss, Ramona’s offense went to work. Quarterback George Cohen rumbled for gains behind blocking by the offensive line manned by Mason Wrenn, Trevor Smith, Blake Yule, Josh Johnson, Brayden Nungesser, Anthony Hage and Peyton Silva. A methodical opening drive was capped with one of three Zaak Della Gala scrambles for a touchdown midway through the first quarter.
The Dawgs’ defense matched efforts with the offense, baffling a Valley Center team with suffocating coverage on the outside and swarm tackling. Cohen, accompanied by Kaden Rogers, Lucas Carlson, Matthew Populin and Silva, shut down a savvy Jaguars’ running attack, fighting through tough blocks and finding Valley Center’s big, shifty ball carriers. The Jaguars managed to find the end zone midway through the second quarter, knotting the score at 6 at the half.
Ramona’s stopping power increased in the second half. Valley Center opened with the ball, but the stingy Dawgs ushered their offense off the field with a three and out endeavor. With the ante upped, Ramona’s offense sought to steal the show seemingly riding an unassuming Josiah Bowman deep into Jaguar territory. In the same series, Bowman rushed for 30 yards, then caught the game’s only pass reception to set the Dawgs up inside the Valley Center 10 yard line. Cohen iced the drive with a slashing scamper to the end zone.
Leading by three scores with nearly 8 minutes left in the contest, Kaydin Cole, Leo Jordan, Cole and Chance Mattson (otherwise known as Tuck and Roll, respectively), Colin Dupill, Hage and Yule took the field on defense in relief for the practically impenetrable starting unit and wrestled with the Jaguars nearly through the final whistle. The Jags found the end zone with a little more than 2 minutes left in the game, but the Valley Center surge came too late.
In observation of 9/11, the Dawgs dedicate this victory to the moms, dads, friends and family who provide the curtain of security behind which they are afforded the opportunity to play this game.