GAME OF THE WEEK: JW North at Ramona

J.W. North vs. Riverside Ramona
CIF-Southern Section – Week 0
At Riverside (Calif.) Ramona High School
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT on Friday, Aug. 19

JW NORTH (0-0 overall, 0-0 Ivy League) is overhauling its offense so the Huskies will lean on their defense and All-CIF linebacker Sione Tupou a lot this season. Gone is the attack that pounded teams with ‘Big V’ 40 times then hit a speedy receiver for the game breaker. Venasio Mikaele was a special talent, and his absence will leave a big hole early in 2022. 
HEAD COACH: Opalani Vaipulu
ROSTER – QB: #12-Cameron Shannon, Jr. (5-foot-11, 175 pounds); RB/LB: #28-Omari Eastin, Sr. (5-8, 180); WR/DB: #7-Damian Allala, Sr. (5-9, 150); WR: #8-Carson Branch, Sr. (5-11, 155); OL: #75-Thomas ‘T.J.’ Tarascio, Sr. (6-3, 290); DL: #95-Christian Wilson, Sr. (6-5, 285); MLB: #47-Sione Tupou, Sr. (5-7, 195); DB: #11-Kalos Granger, So. (6-foot, 170)

RIVERSIDE RAMONA (0-0 overall, 0-0 River Valley League) gets the benefit of the return of key pieces of its offense is senior QB Nathan Johnson and senior RB Beau Bruins, both of whom could vie for All Area honors this season. Question marks on the offensive line and in the kicking game but Rams fans can expect a run at a league title and maybe more.
HEAD COACH: Ken Mushinskie
ROSTER – QB: #5-Nathan Johnson, Sr. (6-foot-2, 185 pounds); RB: #9-Beau Bruins, Sr. (5-11, 175); WR: #1-Jake Valenzuela, Jr., (5-10, 175); WR/TE: #14-Jordan Daniels, Sr. (6-2, 205); OL/DL: #73-Andrew Lopez, Sr. (6-foot, 330); DL: #50-Frank Manzo, Sr. (6-2, 250); CB: #2-Nicky Chavez, Sr. (5-10, 150) 

Ramona’s offense may struggle to get going against North’s stout defense, but the Huskies can only hold for so long before Bruins gets a couple of blocks and he’s off to the races.

Ramona 27, JW North 14


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