By Bill Tamburrino
The 49-14 score does not tell it all. It wasn’t that close. Coach Damon Baldwin’s 2013 Bulldog football team got off to a fast start as they beat El Cajon Valley High School at the Dawg Pound Aug. 30 to open the season.
The Dawgs scored early and often and dominated the ball on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Nathan Cherek capped off a six play 80-yard drive with a 12-yard run and Tyler Vargas added the PAT after just two minutes of play to give the Dawgs a lead that they would not relinquish.
Cherek finished the game at halftime with six carries for 77 yards and two touchdowns and one reception for 64 yards and another TD. Vargas was successful on all seven PAT attempts.
Coach Rheynard Morgan’s stable of running backs produced big time behind the blocking of Patrick Hastings, Mike Hoover, Trae Rodriguez, William Rieve, and Trevor Johnson. Brandon Gansch ran for 93 yards on four carries and two touchdowns and Justin Villagrana scored twice and picked up 34 yards on three totes. Jesus Cabera ran for 14 yards on seven carries in the second half.
Sophomore Marco Cobian had an impressive debut at quarterback. Cobian hit on six of eight passes for 161 yards and a touchdown and was not intercepted. The leading receiver was Matt Lawler with three grabs for 35 yards. Garrett Binkley and Christian Drews also had grabs in the game.
Coach Stefon Pace’s defensive line was as impressive as the O-line. Lawler, Howard Peel, Hastings, Raul Briseno, and T-Bone Williams went unblocked and put constant pressure on the El Cajon Valley’s quarterback and shut down the Braves running game.
The linebacking corps aided in stopping the running game and helped stop the passing attack. Ben Barnat, Drews, and Travis Kerchner were all over the field the entire first half. Christian Dominquez picked up an interception and returned it 44 yards. Fellow defensive backs Binkley, Garrett Dart, Tanner Williams and Dylan Shields also helped stop the Braves passing attack.
Ramona was heavily penalized and had four touchdowns nullified due to penalties. Ramona had more penalty yardage on one play than El Cajon had total offense in the first half.