Eagles rally comes up short in thriller

Cole Wiechring is brought down by three Somerset defenders during Pleasanton’s heartbreaking 29-27 loss on Friday, Oct. 30. GABRIEL ROMERO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Sean Ramos and the Pleasanton Eagles let a 20-point comeback slip just out of reach, but their playoff push is still alive.

On Friday, Pleasanton (3-6, 1-2) fell 29-27 to district rival Somerset (2-6, 1-2) after falling behind 20-0 in the first quarter. Three turnovers helped set the Eagles’ fate Friday night.

“Turnovers, you can’t turn the ball over and spot a team like this at home 20 points,”said Pleasanton Head Coach Stephen Lisksa. “But you know, the big thing is, we could easily just shut it down and not come back. You know they could have put their tail between their legs, but we didn’t. This team is resilient.”

Bulldog running back Steven Menchaca had two touchdowns and Juilan Avila had one touchdown run in the first quarter.

Ramos had two touchdowns in the second quarter. One was a four-yard scamper and the other was a 15-yard pass to J.J. Morales to bring the Eagles within 20-14 at halftime.

In the second half, the Pleasanton defense locked down the Bulldogs offense. 

Ty Hehman had 10 tackles, Jayce Krauskopf was second on the team with eight tackles and Morales had seven tackles. The Eagles allowed just nine points in the second half.

“Our defense has been stellar all year,” Liska said. “Our defense travels on the road, our defense is good at home, they have been solid all year.”.

Pleasanton took the lead with four minutes left in the game.

Ramos had a season-best night at 10-of-23 passing for 238 yards, 35 rushing yards and four total scores on the night.

He also threw two interceptions, one which halted a potential game-winning drive. Ramos threw a pass to the middle of the field and Joseph Flores picked it off. Somerset ran the ball to the 10-yard line and they ran out the clock.

“We had the lead, we were trying to put more points on the board to get us out of the hole. We couldn’t get out of the hole, but it’s just one of those things they play,” Liska said. :Hats off to them and they play tough. It’s their homecoming and they needed a win.”

He said Ramos and the passing game have evolved since the beginning of the season.

“This hurts a lot, knowing the boys put in a lot of effort they didn’t stop fighting,” Ramos said. “Our team came out a little flat, but we have to start and finish games strong. I saw an opportunity just to take a shot, but it blew up and I just have to learn from it.”

He said as a quarterback you have to take those shots when you have the opportunity.

“I’m proud of my linemen, they did a really good job. Without them, I can’t do anything. So, all the shots we took during the game, they made everything worth it. They made everything work,” Ramos said.

After the game, Ramos was brought to tears because he felt like he let the team down on that last drive.

When the team broke to go home, a lot of players came up to him and talked to him and supported him.

“I know they have my back no matter what because I have theirs and it shows how much we love each other,” Ramos said.

Pleasanton will host La Vernia (6-3, 2-1) on Friday, Nov. 6, hoping to clinch third place in 14-4A DI with a win and Somerset loss.

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