Saturday, September 27, 2008

Ramay's running sinks Carp Warriors


Quarterback Kevin Ramay ran for three scores and threw for two more Friday night, leading Grace Brethren to a 34-23 non-league football victory over Carpinteria.
Ramay piled up 203 rushing yards on 25 attempts, including a 79-yard dash for a touchdown that gave the visiting Lancers (2-2) an 11-point lead with 3:58 to play. He also completed 13-of-22 passses for 215 yards and a pair of TDs to Travis Sprout.

"They're a fine football team on offense and we knew that coming in," said Warrior coach John Hazelton of a Grace Brethren team that averages 37.5 points. "Senior quarterback, senior skill guys ... they roll. You've got to keep the ball away from them and get some stops."
Carpinteria (2-2) lost its star quarterback RJ Rosborough with a high ankle sprain late in the second quarter. The junior had just led the Warriors on a 51-yard drive, culminating in an 8-yard TD run by Ryan Caudillo that put Carpinteria ahead 7-6. Rosborough never returned but wide receiver Justin Alvarado played well. After catching three passes for 42 yards, he moved behind center and completed 10-of-22 for 121 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
"RJ is a defensive starter for us too," noted Hazelton. "The dominoe effect hit us because we were also without a starting inside linebacker. When RJ went out, we already had a defensive lineman playing middle linebacker. When RJ went down, it moved him into yet another linebacker position and we had to move our defensive end, Jacob Blackwell, to linebacker."
After falling behind 22-7, the Warriors cut the deficit to 22-16 by halftime when the visitors from Simi Valley snapped a punt out of the end zone for a safety and Carpinteria followed with its longest drive of the night. Alvarado capped the 12-play, 67-yard march with a 7-yard scoring pass to Tony Sanchez. Damian Acevedo's second PAT kick cut the deficit to six with 1.9 seconds left in the first half.
Sanchez caught seven passes for 77 yards while Ivan Milhollin, playing with a broken finger, led the Warriors in rushing with 66 yards on 17 tries.
"There was nothing but courage happening tonight," said Hazelton. "I'm immensely proud right now."
On Carpinteria's second drive of the third quarter, the Warriors went 51 yards in 10 plays to regain the lead. Alvarado hit Sanchez with a 15-yard strike on fourth-and-13 from the 33 and then hooked up with Mulhollin for an 18-yard TD that made it 23-22. Mulhollin tipped the ball in the air and then grabbed it in the middle of the end zone.
The Lancers responded with an 80-yard march that culminated with a 15-yard TD pass from Ramay to Sprout.
Carpinteria drove the ball to the Lancer 8 with a 15-play drive but Alvarado failed to connect on three straight passes. Five plays later, Ramay sealed the deal with his 79-yard sprint up the right sideline.
"We have a non-league game next week with Fillmore (at home) and we have a bye next week," said Hazelton. "This team has its eyes focused on a playoff spot and we have to act prudently (in terms handling Rosborough's injury)."

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