Week 4: Mt. Carmel Sundevils 16, Ramona Bulldogs 13
The Sundevils of Mt. Carmel held on, 16-13, in a nail-biter at home against the Bulldogs of Ramona.
The game started off slow with no score by either team in the first quarter.
However, in the second quarter, both offenses started to find their groove.
The first score of the game was courtesy of running back Josh Fletcher, who had a 2-yard touchdown run which was set up on the previous play with a 15-yard run by Cameron Cuevas.
Mt. Carmel answered later with five minutes to go with a 3-yard touchdown run by running back Ty Virgin and a converted two-point conversion to go up 8-7.
Ramona then answered back with two minutes to go in the second with a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Gabriel Luts to go up 13-8.
Another big part of this game was turnovers, as both teams combined for four turnovers in the game.
The two biggest turnovers in the game put Ramona away.
The first one was a strip-sack recovered by Mateo O’Sullivan for Mt. Carmel.
That led to a 2-yard touchdown run for Virgin’s second touchdown of the night to put the Sundevils up 16-13 midway through the fourth quarter.
Ramona, on the last drive of the game, was down to their third-string quarterback with a chance to tie or take the lead with less than a minute to go from the Mt. Carmel 10-yard line.
Elliot Blanks made a game-saving forced fumble for Mt. Carmel and they recovered to allow them to go into victory formation and run out the clock.
Ramona goes to 0-4 on the season and will face Mission Hills next week to try and get into the win column.
Mt. Carmel goes to 2-2 on the season and will face Vista and look to add another win to its record.
PREVIEW: The Ramona Bulldogs come into a Week 4 matchup against the Mt. Carmel Sundevils this Friday night at 7 p.m. at Mt. Carmel High School.
Ramona (0-3) comes in with three straight losses to start the season and looks to end that for its first win of the season. This team is coming in with more than half the offensive starters still out due to injuries.
Ramona comes in with some momentum after losing to a tough Poway team, 38-30, coming down to the last drive of the game.
Ramona will look on offense at quarterback Jacob Snyder, who is a dual-threat type of run-and-gun player.
The Bulldogs will also look at two-way player Ian Alexander, who accounted for a rushing touchdown last week. He plays running back and linebacker.
On defense, coach Damon Baldwin will be relying on senior linebacker Logan Weber and his teammate, captain Josh Hurlbert, to slow down the Sundevils of Mt. Carmel.
Ramona comes in with a minus-51 point differential through three games and will look to change that this week.
Mt. Carmel (1-2) looks to get back on the winning track after losing to Mira Mesa, 26-13.
The offense for the Sundevils will start with quarterback Carson Taumoepau, who threw for 132 yards and a touchdown last week.
Coach John Anderson will also look to run the offense through sophomore running back Jayden Virgin, who had 20 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown.
The Sundevil defense will be lead by senior defensive back Adam Robles, who accounted for 10 total tackles in the game last week and will be swarming all over the field against the Bulldogs.
Another player that stands out on this defense is another senior linebacker Ajani Shelton, who had two sacks last week and will be looking to add to that when he faces quarterback Jacob Snyder for Ramona.
Mt. Carmel will be seeking to get back to .500 on the season in front of their home crowd.
This is an important game even though it’s still early in the season, as it could have playoff implications.
The game takes place at 7 p.m. under the Friday Night Lights at Mt. Carmel High School.