Prep Impressions: Oct. 26, 2018

The Riverside Norte Vista-Riverside Ramona Week 10 varsity football game on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, was a great football game and then Norte Vista’s offense took over.

For Norte Vista, holding its opponent in check is all about long drives that move the chains and take minute after minute off the clock. The Braves biggest, most-effective weapon in the double-wing and the myriad challenges it presents to opposing defense. The coaching staff has honed it, and the players practice until the perfect it every season.

Norte Vista head coach Ken Batforf, “It was ground-and-pound but be did loosen them up with Corey throwing some great balls and Quevedo making some nice catches. We had a lot of penalties that I didn’t like nut nobody likes penalties and we’ll just have to fix that. I’m really proud of our kids because even with the penalties we still overcame a lot in the second half, so for that we played pretty well. Special teams we have to fix so there’s a lot of stuff, but we’re going to be in (the playoffs), obviously. I’m sure (Ramona) will, and they’re going to do far in their division. They’re an extremely well-coached team, and Ken Mushinskie has done a phenomenal job. Everyone says you can’t win at Ramona, and he’s doing it. I still can’t explain what happened at Hillcrest. I was there. I saw it, and how we turned the ball over so many times and they capitalized on it. So we used that as ‘We’re up against the wall,’ and we applied it and the kids have responded. I’m really proud of the effort of our kids because we are so young. OUr leading ball carrier is a freshman, and I think he’s pretty good. It came down to us and (Ramona) for second and they did a phenomenal job of dominating some teams – and so did we – but last year was a fluke. This year I’m proud of our kids for working hard and not getting down on stuff.”

For Ramona, earning a halftime lead had little to do with the second half when the Rams couldn’t get any positive momentum because their offense never seemed to have the ball. Following a first half when the Rams looked good, even dynamic, it was disappointing to see their attack completely contained and their playoff hopes take a serious hit.

Ramona head coach Ken Mushinskie said, “Norte Vista did a fantastic job of keeping their offense on the field (and) keeping the ball out of our offense’s hands, and that’s what their offense is about. It’s about grinding it out. We knew they would do that. We preached it all week, ‘They’re going to grind it out. It’s going to come down to the end,’ and that’s what it did. Another great high school football game. Hats off to Norte Vista and now we move on and kind of pray a little bit that we get into CIF because I think we deserve it, as did Norte Vista. We’re 7-3 and 3-2, we lost to Hillcrest and Norte Vista, two teams that are in higher divisions and have been in the playoffs in the past couple years. There’s just no way we should be left out being a third-place team. A third-place team, in my eyes, is always an automatic qualifier. The four-team leagues bring up an interesting question – Do you take a ‘3’ over a ‘2’ in a four-team league – and my answer is ‘Yes’ regardless of who won this game tonight. If Norte Vista had lost I’d still think Norte Vista deserves to be in, and unfortunately we came out at the short end of the stick this time but I still think we deserve it. I think some of (the penalties) were warranted. We were chopping their fullback a little bit, and we got called for that and we remedied that at halftime. There were a couple of tough calls but that’s the game of football. It’s a tough game.”

BOX SCORE
Norte Vista – 13 – 14 – 8 – 8 — 43
Ramona – 13 – 16 – 0 – 0 — 29
First quarter
R – Alvarenga 56 TD (Villa kick), 11:38
N – Goff 34 FG, 8:12
N – Goff 33 FG, 5:41
R – Roby 86 kickoff return (kick blocked), 5:27
N – Rubio 7 pass from Corey (Goff kick), 2:19
Second quarter
R – Alvarenga 4 run (Roby run), 10:22
N – Allain 1 run (Allain run), 6:04
R – Rebolledo 14 pass from Osayande (Cornejo pass from Osayande), 2:31
N – Quevedo 4 pass from Corey (pass failed), 0:13
Third quarter
N – Allain 4 run (Cornejo pass from Corey), 0:08
Fourth quarter
N – Hazem 13 run (Hazem run), 1:45
Individual statistics
Rushing
– Norte Vista: Allain 33-161, Hazem 21-127, J.Gonzalez 8-58, Vargas 2-5, Se.Gonzalez 1-8, Goff 1-6, Luckey 2-4, Corey 2-2, No. 89 1-(minus-29); Ramona: Alvarenga 6-64, Roby 13-31, Osayande 4-10.
Passing – Norte Vista: Corey 6-15-0-59; Ramona: Osayande 8-16-0-81.
Receiving – Norte Vista: Quevedo 4-49, Rubio 2-10; Ramona: Cornejo 4-49, Rebolledo 1-14, Alvarenga 2-14, Roby 1-4.
Penalties</strong – Norte Vista: 15-121; Ramona 18-171.

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