RAMONA A most impressive scoring drive led to one of the more impressive wins in school history Friday night for Ramona High.
The No. 9-ranked Bulldogs chewed up nearly eight minutes of the fourth quarter with a 15-play, 80-yard scoring drive that led to a 10-6 nonleague win over No. 3 Helix. Brandon Gansch scored the winning touchdown on a 6-yard run off the block of senior left tackle William Rieve with 3:53 left.
“We knew all we needed to do to get the win was get first downs on our last drive,” Gansch said. “Our offensive line was giving it all they had.”
After being shut out for three quarters, Helix (3-2) finally got on the scoreboard on the first play of the fourth quarter. Sophomore quarterback Michael Austin found Jalen Davis streaking up the middle for an 18-yard scoring reception and a 6-3 lead.
But the Highlanders’ first visit to Ramona ended with a long trip home. The Bulldogs (5-0) remained unbeaten with the lengthy winning drive that was kept alive by a successful fourth-down conversion on fourth-and-1 on the Bulldogs’ own 29-yard line.
“This is the biggest win we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Ramona coach Damon Baldwin, now in his ninth season with the Bulldogs.
“If you had told me we would be 5-0 with the schedule we have, I would have said that’s unbelievable.”