By Bill Tamburrino
Any time an offense puts up 376 yards it should get plenty of credit, but it was Ramona’s defense that won the game against Poway, 49-7 on Oct. 18. The Bulldogs are now 7-0.
The Bulldog defense outscored the Titan offense. The Dawg D intercepted two passes and both times went for touchdowns. Garrett Binkley grabbed a Titan pass in the third quarter and rambled 35 yards for a score and Keyanis Crichlow picked off a pass in the same period and scampered 28 yards for a score.
Travis Kerchner spent enough time in the Poway backfield to earn a letter. He recorded 15 tackles, had one tackle for a loss, and hit hurried the quarterback three times. Tanner “T-Bone” Williams and Matt Lawler both forced Titan fumbles and Keyshaun Crichlow recovered both loose balls. Ramona’s front four, T-Bone Williams, Patrick Hastings, Raul Briseno and Dallas Domnitz kept constant pressure on Poway’s highly-touted freshman quarterback, Tate Martell, and set up the linebacker corps to shut down the running game. Ben Barnat recorded five tackles, had a sack and a tackle for a loss.
The Bulldog secondary broke up five passes. Garrett Dart, Nathan Cherek and Christian Dominguez all recorded three tackles apiece.
Poway’s only score came when they forced a Bulldog turnover on the Bulldog 36-yard line late in the first quarter and then scored early in the second quarter. From then on it was all Ramona.
NFL and college television commentators would label Bulldog quarterback Marco Cobian a “game manager.” That means he just wins and makes it look easy. Cobian hit on 12 of 19 attempts for 176 yards and two touchdowns. All but two of those completions came in the first half. He hit Cherek with a 23- yard scoring pass and hit Keyanis Crichlow with a 17-yard fade in the end zone.
The Bulldogs face Oceanside at Ramona High School Friday in a league game. Both teams are ranked in the top 10 in San Diego section and in the top 25 in the state. JV plays at 4:30 p.m. and varsity kicks off at 7 p.m.