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Friday, November 6, 2009 ,The CATAUNA ISLANDER Page 5 II seeln "sevens" Avalon football team wins latest game from 0ve 0wn contenders BY JON COUNCIL The Avalon Lancers took their game on the road to Fullerton to meet Eastside Christian on Friday, Oct. 23. Too bad the match-up wasn't played in Las Vegas based upon the amount of "sevens" fly- ing around! SeniOr running-back Brian Ramirez (number 7), who missed much of the previous week's game due to illness, came out hungry and ready to unleash a pent-up rampage as he amassed seven touchdowns, one from a 70-yard kick-off return in the third quarter which helped establish the tempo for the night under the lights. Defensively, he also posted seven tackles! When it was all over, the Lancers wound up destroying Eastside's Homecoming dreams with a 70-20 education in playing the game of football Island style! Ramirez also did something quite remarkable during the game, he became the first player in Avalon football history to rush for 1.OOO yards in a season, and he still has two regular season games left to boost his numbers! Once the ,~tats were tallied after the game, Ramirez had stacked up 146 yards on 15 car- ries, giving him-a season total thus far of 1,014 yards, with 24 touch- downs along with an additional 532 yards from punt andkick-off returns, oh, and a load of two- point conversions! The history of Avalon foot- ball has been a remarkable jour- ney, from the early days in the mid '90s through today; many talented players have paid their dues and etched their mark in Avalon sports folklore. Names like Josh Rose, Sean Hibbs, Ben Eroen, the Harrell brothers, Kevin, and now head coach Kenny as well as stars like Dallas, Cushing, Hemandez, Creigh, Laflin, Soto and many oth- ers have carved out their own piece of Catalina history. Brian Ramirez has insured that he will be includ- ed with those names whenever the topic of Lancer football is spoken of from here on out! Of course, just like the standout players of old, they and Ramirez didn't and couldn't do it alone, it takes a group of goal minded and-focused players all working together to provide and allow for individual stardom to arise. Friday's contest was a showcase of team principle as the Lancers displayed one pivotal per- formance after another. Sophomore back-up quarter- back Nick Morones was tasked with his first starting effort while senior quarterback Alex Padilla unselfishly agreed to move to full- back for the game in order to assist in blowing holes open for Ramirez and Cisneros at the running back slots. Despite his youth and limited previous playing time, Morones stood tall and poised as he took over the leadership duties of the offense while a desperate East~ide defense threw blitzes and a frantic rushing attack trying to rattle his nerve. To Morones' credit, none of Eastside's ploys had any real effect as he turned in a near.flaw- less fumble-free performance! He also-had four cames for 64 yards, completed two of four pa sses for 20 yards without any intercep- tions, ran for a two-point conver- sion and tossed a pass to Ramirez for another. For Morones, it was not a bad debut as quaterback, as many oth- ers in the same position have done far less during their opening day. Early in the third quarter dur- ing a Ramirez kick-off return, senior M!guel Leva dished out an absolutely devastating block that left Eastside's Jordan Vo uncon- scious on the turf. The sound of the collision could be heard throughout the entire field and silenced everyone as it wound up stopping play for the next 40 min- utes while paramedics attended to Vo's potential neck injury. Miguel's block changed the entire complexion of the game, when play resumed, it seemed apparent that many Eastside play- ers wanted little more to do with Leyva or any other Avalon play- ers, it appeared they simply want- ed the clock to run out. On a brighter note, a single play in the fourth quarter that elec- trified the entire Lancer sideline was when Rafael Olivera rushed around the right side, dipped his shoulder to flatten an eastside defender and then turned on the afterburners for a 21 yard score! Olivera, who normally plays on the interior line, got a rare shot at the running-back position due to the huge scoring lead! BY JON COUNCIL Note to self; "In the future, avoid Homecoming football games against Avalon!" A note like that might very. well have been jotted down by anyone scheduled to meet the Lancers after the Friday, Oct. 30 game against Capistrano Valley Eagles in San Clemente. For the second week in a row the Lancers found themselves up against a team attempting to cel- ebrate its homecoming weekend, instead, Capistrano had their hopes annihilated under the weight of a 55-8 wave of Avalon Blue which left the home team's bench and bleachers silent by the end of the first quarter, score by then, Avalon- 29, Capislrano Valley, Goose-egg. If you want your Homecoming Queen's tears to smudge her mas- cara, then by all means, go ahead and tangle with BIG BLUE! The Lancers have become a team that you simply don't want to meet for Homecoming, in the past two games the scoring chasm has been deep, with Avalon posting 1.25 points: opponents-28. Brian Ramirez once again put on a rushing clinic by adding 126 yards on twelve carries and four touchdowns to his season-total, bringing him to 1,140 yards and 28 touchdowns. Against Capistrano Ramirez averaged 10.5 yards per carry which translates into an anlaz- ing ftrst-doxvn just about every time he lald hands on the ball! Running back Carlos Cisneros tallied two more touchdowns along the way to his 64 yards on twelve carries, and'also led the defense from his linebacker duties with six tackles. Alex Padilla and Rafael Olivera contributed to the point total Volunteer. at the Aid Sl ! Be provided. For more information, call (310) 510-2595 ext. 112. as well with one rush- hag TD each. Defensively the Lancers had focused most of the practice week on tightening up their stop-squad and their efforts paid dividends as their bend-but-don't- break approach gave up only a single score. Kevin Hartley, who played "solid" on defense the entire night wound up earning himself the defensive unit's game ball. Hartley, who managed five tack- les did much more than just bring down ball carriers, his "take no prisoners" style of play caused Capistrano to simply avoid try- ing much of anything tO his side, essentially shutting off one half of the field for the Eagles offense. Late in the second quarter the Eagles tried to spark some life into their offense with a well executed play-action pass that connected for a potential long gainer recep- tion, and what appeared to be a go-ahead touchdown. The Eagles scoring threat was legitimate until Ramirez w~ao was in hurried pursuit from his defensive safety position put a death strike to the run-after- catch when he stripped the ball loose during the tackle, causing a fumble which Avalon quickly pounced on to reco.ver. The real beauty of Ramirez' defensive ball-strip play was that it was a specific aspect of the previous week's practice drills in order to create more turnovers. Seeing the fruit of practice labors ignited an already electrified Avalon sideline. It also drove a stake in the heart of the Eagles who basically collapsed as a team after the emotional let-down of watching their only long yardage play and sure scoring opportunity evaporate before their eyes. All in all, the Lancers .were simply too much for Capistrano, and when the score hit the half- century mark midway through the third quarter the game was called off by way of the "mercy" rule which can be used to end play when a forty-five point spread is reached. Fortunately the Lancers are hit- ting their stride at the perfect time, with their final regular season con- test scheduled against Southlands Christian, Saturday, Nov. 1 l th on the mainland at 1:30 p.m. Southlands is undefeated in league play, as is AvalOn, so as it works out, this week's game will determine the 2009 league cham- pionship title holder. The Lancer's high energy attack will need to be shifted to overdrive in order so bring home this year's championship title. The Lancers can govern their own des- tiny this week, they have the skill and character it takes to make a championship a reality. All that remains for the Lancers is to sim- ply do the work as individuals and collectively as a team to become what they can be! See you at the game! Go Lancers ! @ PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Hearin~t Officer will be conducting Vehicle Hearings on Thursday November 19, 2009 in the City of Avalon Council Chambers located at 410 Avalon Canyon Road. The agenda will include but may not be limited to the following: HEARINGS TIME APPLICANT 12:30 pm Dan Hirst - Oversized Electric Car Island Excavation - Renewal Comm. Autoette 1:00 pm Mary Lou's Travel - Renewal Comm. Autoette Vivid Visions - Renewal Comm. Autoette December 2009 Ren ewa by Declaration Catalina Cleaning & Janitorial - Renewal Comm. Autoette C~atallna ~norkel & Scuba - Renewal Comm. Vehicle & Autoette Catalina Steam Cleaning - Renewal Comm. Autoette David Zeller Construction - Renewal Comm. Autoette Cyndi Hoffman Realtor- Renewal Comm. Autoette Siria's Cleaning Service - Renewal Comm. Autoette Trem0nt Apts- Renewal Comm. Aut0ette Island Express Helicopters - Renewal Comm. Vehicle The public is welcome to participate. Additional information and a complete.agenda can be obtained at City Hall, 410 Avalon Can- yon Road, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m, Monday through Friday. Published in The Catalina Islander: Nov. 6, 2009 Posted: Bulletin Board at City Hall, City of Avalon Website: htto://www.cityo favalon .com/