Ramona Pop Warner Jr. Midget Guard Dawgs headed to Carlsbad on Saturday, determined to avenge Ramona High varsity football’s loss to the Carlsbad Lancers the night before — and they did, trouncing the Carlsbad Thundering Lancers on the Carlsbad High School field 32-0. The Guard Dawgs came to Carlsbad looking to avenge the loss from Friday night by Ramona’s Varsity Bulldog team against Carlsbad.
Although the Guard Dawgs won the toss, they elected to kick off, giving Carlsbad first shot at offense. The Ramona defense shut down the Lancers quickly, forcing them to punt.
The opening drive was successful due to the players in the trenches, allowing the Blue Offense to move the chains for their first time in the regular season. The starting offense came in to finish the drive with David Scodellaro breaking free around the edge from 20 yards out for the first touchdown of the game.
On the Guard Dawgs second possession, Devin Parsons made a difficult catch, maintaining the momentum established on the first drive. Dylan Luna then pounded off tackle from 23 yards out to get the second touchdown of the game for the Guard Dawgs.
Brandon Murphy ran the ball with a purpose, accumulating close to 50 yards on three carries and finishing the third offensive possession for the Dawgs with a rumble from over 20 yards out, crossing the goal line for the first time in his football career, securing a 18-0 first-half lead.
The Dawgs kept their foot on the pedal in the second half and didn’t look back. Andrew Finley converted two second and long situations on the opening drive of the second half to keep the ball in the Dawgs hands, allowing Drew Robinson to break free, practically untouched on a 40 yard draw play that put the Dawgs up 24-0.
Following the TD, Israel Torres punched it through the uprights to give the Dawgs a 26-0 lead. Brandon Setterberg and Antonio Garegnani had two carries on the day. Dylan Imig turned the lights out on the Lancers, accounting for six carries for close to 40 yards; a reception for over 20 yards and the first TD of his career gave the Dawgs a 32-0 knockout. The exceptional effort displayed by Imig to get into the end zone can only be attributed to his overwhelming desire of wanting to score a TD on his father’s birthday, said Coach Toby Sosbee.
Defensively, the Dawgs didn’t allow a single first down on the day. Punishing hits by Colton Stoody, Drew Robinson and James Peterson prevented the Lancers from even thinking of moving the chains.
Robinson continued to be a ball hawk, getting another interception, for a total of three on the season.
The Guard Dawgs will be heading to San Marcos this Saturday to face the undefeated Griffins.