Football is a game of inches.
And every inch was earned when the Ramona Bulldogs registered a 13-12 victory over the Morse Tigers at John D. Shacklett Field on Friday night.
With each team utilizing a run-heavy offense and both defensive fronts playing extremely well throughout the game, Morse jumped to a 12-0 lead at the half using defense and the arm of senior quarterback Jamal Anderson.
The Tigers first got on the scoreboard when junior defensive back A.J. Basa ran a fumble recovery 72 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Morse would add to its lead when junior running back Alfonso Wilson made a diving catch in the end zone off a 26-yard pass from Anderson with three seconds left in the first half.
But, the second half belonged to Ramona.
Halfway through the third quarter, senior defensive back Javier Dominguez would bring the Bulldogs back with an 81-yard punt return for a TD, making it a one-possession game.
“Great blocking, but he did a great job of accelerating and stopping and setting up the blocks,” Ramona coach Damon Baldwin said.
Ramona completed the comeback when quarterback Hunter McHargue found junior tight end Christian Drews in the back of end zone for an 11-yard TD.