Ramona may be leaving the Palomar League in football, but the Bulldogs will leave on their terms. As the league champion.
Ramona, ranked No. 9 in the section, rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to post a 24-21 victory Friday night over Torrey Pines.
Junior Tyler Vargas kicked a 38-yard field goal with 1:04 to play to give Ramona (8-1, 3-0) its first lead of the game. And its first league title since 1998.
“We’re getting rings and a banner for the gym so no one forgets who won the Palomar League title,” said running back Nathan Cherek, who rushed 19 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns, including a 29-yarder in the third quarter to tie the game 21-21.
“As soon as we got that pick-six, we knew we had the game.”
After T-bone Williams stripped the ball to start Ramona’s final drive from the Falcons 36, the Bulldogs ran six plays before Vargas’ game-winning kick.
Torrey Pines, with the help of two interference penalties, drove to the Ramona 40 before Keyanis Critchlow intercepted a pass and returned it inside the Falcons 5 to seal the win.
“We proved everyone wrong,” Ramona coach Damon Baldwin said. “No one thought we could win the Palomar League, but we did.
“This feels great to finally be league champs.”