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Ramona evens season record

09/18/2015, 11:00pm PDT
By Rick Hoff

Bulldogs defeat Escondido for second straight win


Ramona coach Damon Baldwin says the Bulldogs have been concentrating on eliminating turnovers.

Senior quarterback Marco Cobian tossed two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, lifting Ramona High to a 35-21 nonleague victory Friday night over Escondido at Chick Embrey Field.

The Bulldogs (2-2) intercepted two passes in the final minutes of the contest to seal the outcome. Adam Parades returned a pick 20 yards for the clinching touchdown with 1:20 to play, and Tristan Stacy added another theft 12 seconds later.

Senior receiver Noah White snagged a 37-yard scoring pass from Cobian in the right corner of the end zone with 10:03 left to play to break a 14-14 tie. On Ramona’s next possession following an Escondido punt, Cobian found Hunter Gurrola on a crossing pattern for a 24-yard TD pass for a two-touchdown lead with 6:38 remaining.

The Cougars (0-4) closed the gap with a fourth-down TD pass from Sam Grimes to Miguel Rocha with 3:17 to play, but the hosts could get no closer.

Ramona started the season with two losses and appeared to be headed for an 0-3 start before scoring 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter last week for a 28-27 victory at Valley Center.

“Our goal is to eliminate the turnovers,” Ramona’s Damon Baldwin, entering his second decade as the Bulldogs’ coach, said before the game. “That has been a big concern so far, but We have a lot of young players this year and we have asked them to learn a lot in a short span.”

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