15 Bulldog football players selected all league
By Bill Tamburrino
Coach Damon Baldwin’s Bulldogs got a bye in the opening round of the CIF playoffs which gave them a chance to rest, recuperate and get ready for Mt. Carmel on Thursday, Nov. 21.
With the No. 2 seed, the Bulldogs get a home game. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Dawg Pound. There is no junior varsity game. The Mount travels well so an early arrival is advised.
Mt. Carmel advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Westview 26-14 in the opening round of the playoffs. The Sundevils are 7-4 on the season and were tri-champs in the Valley League with a 3-1 mark in league action.
Ramona’s 2013 Palomar League champions were well represented on the 2013 All Palomar League football team that was selected and announced last week. Fifteen Bulldogs made the squad — the most ever to be so honored on an all-league squad.
Travis Kerchner was the unanimous choice as The Palomar League Defensive Player of the Year. The senior linebacker did it all. He led the league in tackles with 79 solo tackles and 40 assisted tackles. He led the league in tackles for losses with 17. He made two interceptions. He had seven sacks and 12 hurries. He recovered a fumble and caused eight fumbles.
Tyler Vargas was chosen the Palomar League Kicker of the Year. Vargas was a perfect 33 for 33 in Point After Touchdown conversions and he converted seven of nine field goal attempts. His longest is a school-record 50 yards. His last field goal clinched the game in the Palomar League showdown with Torrey Pines. He scored 54 points.
Five Dawgs were selected to the first team on offense.
Senior Michael Hoover made the squad as an offensive lineman. His leadership and blocking helped Ramona dominate the line of scrimmage in every Palomar League game. Hoover also played defense and recorded five tackles and had one hurry.
Senior Tanner Williams made the team as a wide receiver. Williams had 27 receptions for 371 yards.
Sophomore quarterback Marco Cobian was the first team signal caller. Cobian completed 90 passes in 147 attempts for 1,211 yards and six touchdown passes.
Junior Raul Briseno also made the team as an offensive lineman. He helped pave the way for two running backs and a quarterback to make the all-league team. A two-way starter, he made 40 tackles and had seven tackles for losses and one sack.
Senior Brandon Gansch was selected as a first team running back. Gansch rushed for 712 yards on 132 carries and 10 touchdowns. Gansch also did a good job of pass blocking, allowing Cobian time to pass.
Senior Nathan Cherek was selected to the second team as a running back. He led the league with 817 yards on 117 carries and scored 11 touchdowns. Cherek also had 156 receiving yards on seven catches and two touchdown grabs. He had the longest reception of the year — a 64-yard strike from Cobian.
Coach Stephon Pace’s defense was well represented on the All Palomar League Team. Besides Kerchner receiving Defensive Player of the Year, the Dawgs landed four other defenders on the All Palomar first team.
Senior Garrett Dart was selected as a defensive back. Dart had 30 tackles, two interceptions and deflected five passes. He also made his presence felt on special teams.
Junior Garrett Binkley made the team as a defensive back. He led the Palomar League with seven interceptions and eight pass deflections. He made 28 tackles and had one tackle for a loss.
Senior Tanner “T-Bone” Williams made the squad as a defensive lineman but he was the most versatile football player on the team. On defense T-Bone Williams had 56 tackles and eight tackles for losses. He sacked the quarterback four times and had three hurries. He returned an interception for 20 yards. On offense he played tight end and fullback. He had 198 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns. He had four receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown. His strongest asset on offense was his blocking. He cleared the way and made the holes.
Senior Patrick Hastings was a two-way starter who was named to the All Palomar team as a defensive lineman. He made 39 tackles and had 10 tackles for losses. He also recorded four sacks and had six hurries.
Four Bulldogs received Honorable Mention on the 2013 Palomar League team.
Matt Lawler was selected as a tight end. He had 10 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Trae Rodriguez made the squad as an offensive lineman. Rodriguez played center and made the blocking adjustment calls at the line of scrimmage. He also snapped the ball for the PAT conversion attempts and field goals.
Senior Keyanis Crichlow made the team as a wide receiver and a defensive back. He had six tackles and two interceptions. His second interception clinched the victory over Torrey Pines. On offense he had nine catches for 138 yards and a touchdown.
Junior Keyshaun Crichlow made the team as a linebacker. He had 49 tackles and seven tackles for losses and a sack. He recovered two fumbles and caused one fumble.