The newfound quarterback runs for four touchdowns and passes for two more

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Richard Ramsey, pictured in an Oct. 5 game with Liberty, had a career night last Friday, as he moved from running back to quarterback in a game with Parkrose. The 5-10, 190-pound senior turned more than a few heads, as he passed for two touchdowns and rushed for 148 yards and four more touchdowns in a 52-0 Mustang victory.The Milwaukie Mustangs have a newfound quarterback in senior Richard Ramsey and, based on his performance last Friday in a 52-0 rout of Parkrose, the Mustangs are going to be a force to contend with with Ramsey at the helm.

The 5-10, 190-pound senior, who had excelled as a Mustang running back, demonstrated on Friday that he is even more dangerous at quarterback, as he completed 7-of-12 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns, and ran with the football 11 times for 148 yards and four touchdowns.

“Richard played quarterback in youth football, but we had him at running back to help him get a college scholarship at running back or cornerback,” said Milwaukie coach Don Johnson. “Richard is more motivated about us winning, and he said if it would help us win games, he was happy to make the switch....

“We feel like with Richard playing quarterback, it gives us a chance to win any game. Turnovers have hurt us this season. Last night we played in a pouring down rain and had no turnovers. Richard can sling [the football] out there as well as any quarterback in the state, and with him playing quarterback, he touches the ball a lot more and it makes him even more dangerous on the run....

“Having our best playmaker back there [at quarterback] gives us our best chance of making a run in the playoffs.”

Last week’s game with the Broncs was a mismatch from the get-go. The Mustangs built a 46-0 halftime advantage, with Ramsey scoring first-half touchdowns on runs of 9-, 14-, 25- and 49 yards, and passing 21 yards to Chris Besaw for a fifth tally. He passed 27 yards to Eddy Barrientos-Thomas in the fourth stanza to round out the Mustangs’ scoring.

Johnson said he was just as pleased with his defense as he was with Ramsey in the runaway win over Parkrose.

“We had seven sacks and they had only 29 total yards in offense,” he said. “Our linebackers Robert Akil, Brenton Oten and Chris Besaw were just outstanding. They pressured the quarterback and made plays sideline to sideline. They were flying around, making plays, all night long.”

Oten, Chase Blackwell, Jake Leary and Kendrick Bourne all recovered Parkrose fumbles. Junior lineman Elias Brezai blocked a punt.

The win put the Mustangs at 3-2 in the Northwest Oregon Conference (5-2 overall) heading into this Friday’s game at cross-town rival Putnam (4-3, 4-1).

Coach Johnson put the Kingsmen on notice.

The Mustang coach said: “Our kids are pretty excited about playing Putnam. [Putnam offensive star] DeShawn Stephens said last summer that he loves playing Milwaukie because we’re ‘soft like wet flowers.’ Those wet flowers have dried up and turned to cactus, so watch out!”

Kingsmen escape

St. Helens with a ‘w’

The Rex Putnam Kingsmen last Friday scored two late-game touchdowns to escape St. Helens with a 32-22 victory.

St. Helens defensive lineman Joey Beggio intercepted a Max Bailey pass and returned it 85 yards to the end zone to put the Lions up 22-18 near the midpoint of the fourth quarter.

Bailey rallied the Kingsmen back, scoring a touchdown on a six-yard run with 3:45 remaining to put Putnam back on top.

The Kingsmen got the ball back, and Bailey scored on an 11-yard run to seal the deal.

The Kingsmen led most of the way, after building a 12-6 late first-quarter lead on a 43-yard touchdown run by Tucker Fleischmann and a touchdown run by DeShawn Stephens, after Stephens picked up a teammate’s fumble and raced 13 yards to the end zone.

Stephens upped the lead to 18-6 in the second quarter, returning a punt 54 yards to the end zone.

But there was no quit in the Lions. They narrowed the gap to 18-16 in the third stanza, with quarterback Gage Bumgardner hooking up with Tanner Long for a 69-yard touchdown pass play, and Nathan Reed converting on a 38-yard field goal.

Fleischmann was the only Kingsmen who had a decent night on offense. The 5-10, 170-pound senior rushed 23 times for 162 yards. Bailey completed only 2-of-7 passes for 14 yards, and he rushed five times for a net of 10 yards and the two touchdowns.

The win left the Kingsmen (4-3, 4-1) tied with Wilsonville (5-2, 4-1) in second place in the NWOC standings. They have conference games remaining with Milwaukie and with the league-leading Sherwood Bowmen (7-0, 5-0).

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