Week 1: Olympian Eagles 35, Ramona Bulldogs 14
On Friday night, the Olympian Eagles got the best of the Ramona Bulldogs, pulling off a clean 35-14 win in a game full of action from senior Wide Receiver/Free Safety Anthony Gilpin Jr of Olympian.
Gilpin Jr’s Friday consisted of a couple touchdown receptions, a game-sealing interception, and over 100 yards receiving. Showing serious athleticism, he hauled in the first of his touchdown catches by leaping into the air and catching the ball at full extension, then following it up with another touchdown catch, this time with only his left hand.
Olympian’s defense was supplemental to their offense, with the aforementioned Gilpin Jr interception complimenting Tyler Powers’ forced fumble, recovered by Cade Ruben of the Eagles.
However, the scoreboard was not an indicator of Ramona’s hard fought defeat. Quarterback Jacob Snyder showed off a rocket of an arm and soft hands, hauling in a pass from tailback Cameron Dingman on a trick play by the Bulldogs.
Ultimately, rookie coach Ryan Van Nostrand’s gameplan proved to be too much for the Bulldogs, as he utilized Lukas Hamilton’s arm and Anthony Gilpin Jr’s innate receiving abilities to take a win back to the South Bay.
Olympian comes out with a 1-0 record, playing Poway next Friday.
Ramona drops to 0-1, and will play host to the Point Loma Pointers next week.
This Friday in Ramona it is Military Appreciation Night, any members of our US military can get into the game free as coming off of a 7-4 season in 2018, Coach Damon Baldwin’s Ramona Bulldogs look to come out barking in Week 1 against the Olympian Eagles of the South Bay.
Ramona, a run heavy team, will expect to find big plays coming from young sophomore running back, Cash Jones. Also look for big defensive plays from senior linebacker and team captain, Logan Weber.
Early rankings have this team at 11th in the San Diego Section’s Division 2.
With only 4 returning starters from last year’s squad, the Bulldogs will heavily rely on young talent to try to take them the distance in this one.
On the other side of the field, new coach Ryan Van Nostrand looks for his Eagles to fly high in his first game calling the shots at Olympian.
Coming in ranked 13th in Division 2 after a 45-24 defeat at the hands of Ramona in last year’s CIF playoffs, the Eagles certainly have something to prove, and will be led by a senior backfield in QB Lukas Hamilton and RB Greg Hawkins as well as WR/FS Anthony Gilpin Jr.