By Tim Peterson
(West Covina) – West Covina racked up over 200 yards on the ground and pounded visiting Glendora 30-13 Friday night.
The Bulldogs scored on their first three possessions to gain control and never relinquished it. An Anthony Ramiro 33 yard scamper set up a 24-yard touchdown run by Noah Northey for a 7-0 lead. After Glendora went three and out West Covina set up on the Tartan 45 thanks to a short punt.
West Covina then churned out an 11-play drive with Northey finding the endzone again. This time he was on the receiving end of an eight-yard pass from Joseph Barcena and with 5:38 left in the first quarter it was 14-0 Bulldogs.
Glendora’s drive stalled on the West Covina 13-yard line on the next drive and Gabriel Dunkle booted a 37-yard field goal. On the ensuing series West Covina went 80 yards on 13 plays mainly behind a sold running attack. Andrew Rodriguez went right up the gut of the Glendora defense for a seven-yard TD run for a 21-3 lead. a 31-yard pass from Barcena to Devin Dixson highlighted the drive.
Glendora got back into the game before halftime as Dunkle kicked a 37-yard field goal and Jacob Gonzalez hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Wooldridge. That touchdown was set up when Barcena was sacked and stripped and the Tartans took over at the Bulldog 15. Gonzalez hauled in the TD pass on the first play of the series.
Brandon Gonzalez kicked a 34-yard field goal just before halftime for a 24-13 lead at the break.
The Bulldogs defense shut down Glendora the rest of the way. West Covina added one more score in the second half. With 7:43 left in the third quarter Barcena and Steven Cantero hit on a big play for a 57-yard touchdown. Cantero caught a pass from Barcena and escaped down the left sideline behind the Glendora secondary.
The Tartan possessions in the second half ended in turnover, punt and two fourth down stops. Meanwhile West Covina burned up the clock with its ground attack.
Ramiro led the attack with 86 yards rushing , Northey had 47 and Rodriguez 38. West Covina had six different players carry the ball.
Woolridge threw for 135 yards and rushed for 103 for the Tartans.
“It’s what we do and what we’ve been good at,” said West Covina head coach Mike Maggiore of the running game. “It’s kind of by committee right now. Everybody does things a little bit differently and they complement each other. Ramiro did a really good job and he’s 140 pounds and Northey is a bruiser. So they needed to step up and they have.”
With the victory West Covina improved to 3-2 and while Glendora fell to 1-4. The Bulldogs have a bye next week and will face Charter Oak on October 7.