FRESNO - After an 0-2 start, Selma High won its second-straight game defeating the Washington Union Panthers 35-13 on the road at John Ventura Stadium on Sept. 7.
Selma’s overall record is 2-2 and the Bears defense has been a factor in the team’s past two games. In the past two weeks, Selma has only allowed 13 points in each game and opposing offenses have converted 29.1 percent (7-of-24) of third downs against the Bears defense.
Against Washington Union, Selma allowed 104 total yards and 2.7 yards per play. The Bears defense also forced two turnovers on fumbles, which put Selma’s offense in scoring position.
“If you’re going to be a great defense, it doesn’t matter where or when you get put on the field,” Selma head coach Matt Logue said. “You've got to find a way to get a stop, and we’ve done a pretty good job of it all year.”
In the first quarter, the Bears’ defense made a goal-line stop to keep the scoreboard at zero.
Washington Union drove down the field until the Panthers got inside the 5-yard line. Washington Union was stopped on fourth down.
In the second quarter, Washington Union gained its only lead of the game after running back Stephen Martin rushed for a 20-yard score. Washington Union had a 6-0 lead after its two-point conversion attempt failed.
Later in the quarter, Selma quarterback Joey Ramirez put the Bears on the board with a 3-yard pass to Ivan Valdez. The play came on fourth-and-goal and Selma lead 7-6 after Landin Oswaldo made the extra point.
With seven seconds to play until halftime, Ramirez threw to Aaron Blancas for a 14-yard score to extend the lead to 14-6.
“He’s a good athlete,” Ramirez said about Blancas. “He can jump high. He's got speed, so I just put that ball in the spot for him and I have faith in him [to catch it].”
The play came after the Bears’ defense recovered a Washington Union fumble.
During the first drive of the second half, Washington Union cut the score to 14-13 after Panthers quarterback Stephane Dowell completed a 26-yard pass to Darius McCray.
During the third quarter, Selma began to pull away after Ramirez threw his third touchdown of the game to Blancas on a 25-yard pass and Pat Angelo ran for a 1-yard score to put the Bears up 28-13.
It was the second straight week that Ramirez has thrown for three touchdowns, but the sophomore also threw three interceptions in his second game as a varsity quarterback.
With 4:25 to play, Selma closed the game on a 2-yard rushing score by Blancas – his third touchdown of the night.
“We couldn’t get those touchdowns without our O-line protecting the quarterback,” Blancas said. “We just went out with a bang.”
The sophomore lead the Bears in receiving and rushing yards, carrying the ball seven times for 62 yards on the ground and adding 39 yards on two receptions, which were both touchdowns.
The Bears will play their first home game of the season against Madera High on Sept. 14. The matchup will be the start of a three-game home stretch after starting the year on the road for the first four games.
“I’m just happy to get to play at home in front of our crowd,” Logue said. “Hopefully it’s packed, I’m sure some people were disappointed after the first two [games] and now we’ve evened it up at 2-2. Hopefully, we have a huge crowd at home rocking and ready to beat Madera.”
The Madera High Coyotes will go into the matchup at 3-1 and kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.