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Ramona’s offense shifts to high gear

09/13/2013, 11:30pm PDT
By Jim Lindgren, Special to the U-T

Bulldogs pile up 503 total yards to slow down hurry-up Grossmont.

— With all the hoopla surrounding the aerial circus that is Grossmont High’s offense, Ramona revealed an impressive three-ring act of its own Friday night.

Piling up 503 total yards and limiting the Foothillers (2-1) to 51 offensive plays, the Bulldogs (3-0) steamrolled No. 6-ranked Grossmont 52-22 at Jack Mashin Stadium.

“Our goal was to keep their offense to 50 plays,” Ramona coach Damon Baldwin said. “I guess we missed by one. That’s a great team victory against the No. 6-ranked team in the county. Hopefully, people start noticing us now.”

Nathan Cherek rushed 26 times for 277 yards and two touchdowns, including an 82-yarder that gave Ramona a 32-14 halftime lead. The Bulldogs finished with 383 rushing yards, including three TDs by Brandon Gansch.

“We knew we had to run the ball well tonight,” Cherek said. “The whole offense did a great job.”

Against a no-huddle, high-octane offense like Grossmont, the Bulldogs played a textbook first 15 minutes, limiting the Foothillers to 10 plays and one first down, while scoring on their first four possessions to take a 25-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Grossmont’s Anthony Lawrence was 21-of-37 for 274 yards and three TDs, but he also threw two interceptions, and the Foothillers lost a pair of costly fumbles.

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