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Big plays spark Ramona in first win

09/09/2016, 10:28pm PDT
By Rick Hoff

Junior defensive back returns kickoff 94 yards for TD and interception 42 yards for score

— The returns are in, and Tristan Stacy is projected to be a winner.

Stacy returned a kickoff and an interception for touchdowns, sparking the Ramona High football team to its first win of the season, a 35-14 nonleague victory Friday night over San Pasqual.

Stacy electrified the home crowd by returning the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. The junior defensive back also closed out the scoring when he added a 42-yard interception return for a score with 8:26 remaining in the fourth period.

The Bulldogs (1-2) scored on their first offensive series, driving 76 yards in 10 plays. scoring on a 10-yard run up the middle by senior running back Dawson Castro.

An exchange of fumbles on back-to-back plays led to San Pasqual’s first score. A recovery by Juan Juache at midfield gave the Golden Eagles possession, and a 37-yard pass from quarterback Nick Hurst to Levi Kane set up a 3-yard keeper up the middle by Hurst for the TD with 3:54 remaining in the first half.

The visitors tied the score on their first possession of the second half, requiring just three plays before Hurst rambled around the right side on a quarterback keeper for a 30-yard touchdown run. That, however, would be the extent of the scoring for San Pasqual (1-2).

Ramona broke the 14-14 tie by scoring a pair of TDs within 13 seconds midway through the third period. Quarterback C.J. Gabriel, playing in place of injured starter Casey Buggeln, found Dominic McManus in the right corner of the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown pass. San Pasqual fumbled on its next offensive play, and sophomore linebacker Jack Drews recovered for Ramona at the Golden Eagles’ 16-yard line. Eder Landgrave scored from there to give the hosts a two-touchdown advantage.

The contest marked the first meeting since 2007 between the two former Valley League rivals. Ramona’s last win against San Pasqual was in 2005, Damon Baldwin’s first season as head coach at Ramona.

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