The first Fallbrook High School football home playoff game since 2003 ended with Granite Hills capturing a 38-7 victory over the Warriors in the Nov. 21 CIF Division III quarterfinal match up.
“Granite Hills is an extremely good football team,” said Fallbrook head coach Kyle Williams. “They executed at a very high level and they beat us in every phase of the game.”
Fallbrook and Granite Hills both entered the CIF playoffs with 7-3 regular-season records, although the Warriors were 4-0 in Valley League play to earn a league championship while the Eagles were third in the Grossmont Valley League final standings with a 2-2 record. The Warriors received the Division III fourth seed and a first-round bye while fifth-seeded Granite Hills had a Nov. 14 home game against 12th-seeded Patrick Henry and won that contest by a 55-28 score.
Seven of those players were on the Valley League first team. The offensive first team included Ramirez, quarterback Landon Benner, center Stephen Branham, and offensive lineman Matthew May. The Fallbrook members of the defensive first team were defensive back Sierra Arteaga, defensive tackle Collin Dowling, and linebacker Alex McCarty.
“When you’re the league champion you usually have pretty good players,” Williams said.
Fallbrook posted a 4-0 record in Valley League competition. The Warriors had a 7-4 overall mark, including a loss to Granite Hills in the CIF Division III quarterfinals. During Fallbrook’s four league games the Warriors outscored their opposition by a cumulative 135-46 margin.
“Those guys did a great job of leading our football team,” Williams said. “Those guys really excelled during the conference, so we’re really proud of them.”
Six Fallbrook players were given second-team distinction. The offensive second team included running backs Enrique Barreto and Bryce Olivo, wide receiver Andy Iniesta, and tight end Isaac Maxwell. Defensive end Nathan Montgomery and defensive back James Nicholas were among the second-team defensive players.
The four Warriors who were given honorable mention recognition were offensive lineman Misha Johnson, defensive backs Matthew Kinzie and Oscar Ruvalcaba, and linebacker Austin Perona.
Ramirez was the coaches’ unanimous choice for the league’s offensive player of the year. “It’s an honor for any player to receive any recognition by the other coaches, but Roberto was recognized as a real playmaker for our team,” Williams said. “If they were going to slow down our offense they were going to have to stop Roberto.”
Williams acknowledged the role of Ramirez’s teammates in the offensive player of the year award. “That’s really a team award,” Williams said. “It takes 11 guys for a team to be successful.”
The Warriors’ league season concluded with a 13-4 win Oct. 28 at Ramona and a 9-4 victory Oct. 29 against Classical Academy in Escondido’s Washington Park pool. An 8-5 non-league triumph Oct. 31 against Rancho Bernardo gave Fallbrook a 20-7 overall season record along with the final 4-0 league mark.
The league wins and the ensuing victory at Rancho Bernardo gave Fallbrook the top position in the Division II power rankings which are the primary factor for playoff selection and seeding. Although Fallbrook’s pool does not meet CIF playoff standards – and the top four seeded teams have no playoff home matches since they receive a first-round bye and advance directly into the quarterfinals at La Jolla High School’s Coggan Pool – the Warriors finally have their home pool available for practice.
A pump at the Fallbrook High School pool broke the morning of Sept. 2, and the Warriors were practicing at the Boys and Girls Club pool and at Camp Pendleton for two months before the school pool became operational Nov. 3.
2014 annual potluck and backpacking volunteers held at the home of President Jan Mahr. Ruby Hoffman is holding the JanSport backpack with Jan Owen on her right and Lila Sandschulte on her left. She attended representing the Angel Society who contributed to the project. The Fallbrook Vintage Car Club also contributed. Marion Clemmens, Class of 1936, in the front row (checkered shirt right side of photo) also helped. This year makes for a grand total of about 800 backpacks all filled with necessary school supplies and donated to our alma mater! Thanks to all who helped make it possible!