As the schedule gets tougher, so does the Ramona High football team.
The Bulldogs made the big plays on defense when they had to in the second half, resulting in a 21-19 nonleague victory Friday night over Point Loma.
“That’s a real tough team over there, and our schedule isn’t getting any easier after this,” said Ramona coach Damon Baldwin, whose team visits No. 6 Grossmont next Friday.
With the Pointers (0-2) trailing 21-13, a 14-yard touchdown pass from Quinn Bohannon to Armando Smith with 7:27 left in the third period came three plays after Point Loma recovered a muffed punt, but the ensuing two-point conversion run by Smith was stuffed by Ramona’s Keyshawn Crichlow. There was no further scoring in the game, with Ramona (2-0) running the clock down to 2:02 in the fourth quarter before Point Loma took over at its own 5-yard line. The visitors could not pick up a first down as the clock ran out.
The Bulldogs began their offensive push in typical fashion, with a power running game that produced touchdown runs of 43 yards by Brandon Gansch and 33 yards by Nathan Cherek on Ramona’s first two possessions of the game.
Point Loma responded with a pair of scores less than a minute apart to start the second period. Drew Rutledge secured a 14-yard touchdown reception on an option pass from Smith, and the Pointers scored again two plays later on a 45-yard interception return by Adrian Bueno.
A short punt later in the second quarter gave the hosts good field position at the Pointers 43-yard line, and eight running players later the Bulldogs had a 21-13 halftime lead after a 4-yard scoring run by T-Bone Williams.