Fallbrook 31, Orange Glen 6

For the first time since the year 2000, the Fallbrook Warriors (7-2, 4-0) can celebrate an outright win of their league’s title.

The Warriors’ convincing 31-6 Valley League win Friday night over the Orange Glen Patriots (6-3, 0-3) in Escondido marked the second straight week in which Fallbrook left the field having accomplished something it hadn’t done in more than a decade. A week earlier, the team’s victory over the San Pasqual Golden Eagles gave the Warriors their first guarantee of a winning season since 2003, the last year in which Fallbrook also had at least a share of a league title.

There was no deviation this week from what has become a usually successful game plan for the Warriors through 2014: run, run long, and watch a few of those runs go for touchdowns. Senior Fallbrook running back Roberto Ramirez — who has now garnered enough attention to be considered a watch-list candidate for the 2014 PPR Silver Pigskin Award — posted a trifecta of touchdowns in his usual long-drive fashion. He scored twice in the first quarter — once on a 21-yard rush that zigged around the Patriots’ defense as much as it zagged, and again on a 57-yard sprint — and a third time early in the second quarter. By the time he celebrated that third score, this time on a 60-yard run earned on Ramirez breaking two tackles and evading another, anyone in the crowd knew where this game was headed.

Junior Fallbrook running back Bryce Olivo reminded fans that as much as Ramirez performs, the Warriors are stacked with other quality rushers, finding his way into the end zone in the third quarter for a 2-yard score and a 28-0 Fallbrook lead. 

The four-touchdown spread was reflective of Fallbrook’s control over game tempo. The Warriors made short life of Orange Glen possessions. With both teams favoring running offenses, the game clock ticked down fast. Not long after the game’s start, it already seemed Orange Glen was running out of time. That’s how Fallbrook Coach Kyle Williams coached for things to go this week.

“We have to beat them with speed on defense,” Williams said earlier in the week. “Because of the offense, they get so many blockers out in front that you can’t possibly match every one of those blockers with your defenders. You have to be able to make some of those blockers miss.”

After the Patriots were able to finally break the shutout in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run from senior back Daniel Bonahoom, Fallbrook capped all scoring with its 28-yard field goal off the foot of kicker Parker Roberson.

The Patriots’ loss was their third straight after a 6-0 season start, leaving them winless in Valley League play.  Orange Glen has a fourth and final league game remaining, as the Patriots’ regular season concludes next week with a home game against the Valley Center Jaguars (5-4, 2-1). The Patriots will be celebrating Orange Glen Senior Night. Fallbrook has now won four straight, not having experienced defeat since its Week 6 loss to El Camino in the Warriors’ last non-league match-up. In its final game of the regular season next Friday, Fallbrook will return to non-league action against the Del Norte Nighthawks (4-5).

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