It took the greatest performance in football history from La Puente Bishop Amat on Friday night to propel the Lancers past the Murrieta Valley and the Bachmeier brothers in a first-round game of the Southern Section Division 2 Playoffs.
Aiden Ramos scored a school-record seven touchdowns, six of them in the second half, helping Bishop Amat prevail 70-49. He rushed for 303 yards in 33 carries.
“I wanted to do everything in my power to win this game,” said Ramos.
At times, Bishop Amat didn’t get along with the Bachmeier brothers–Bear, the sophomore quarterback, and Tiger, the senior receiver who was flown to Stanford.
Yes, Tiger and Bear are their names, and their synergy is clear.
“It’s like they’re playing in the park,” said coach George Wilson.
No, it’s like playing a video game.
On the grass pitch at the Kiefer Stadium, it was stunning to see how the two bishop Amat made life difficult in the first half. Except that the Lancers found a way to counter the Murrieta Valley’s offensive firepower with Ramos’ punishing run and quarterback Richie Munoz’s standout play.
Munoz rushed for 203 yards and a touchdown and ran to the next.
Bear finished with 513 passing yards and four touchdown passes, and Tiger had 16 receptions for 230 yards and one touchdown.
Bear completed 19 of 21 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns in a wild first half. Tiger caught eight passes for 142 yards. He also had a 54-yard kickoff return. The score stood at 7, 14, 21 and 28 before Bear ran two yards for a touchdown to end the half with a 35-28 lead.
Munoz played linebacker and quarterback and made plays himself. His best performance came in fourth in the second quarter. He was about to be sacked but somehow got the ball to Julien Lopez for a 41-yard touchdown play. He also ran 35 yards for a touchdown.
In the second half, Bishop Amat was intercepted by Delano Franklin and forced four consecutive incompletes from Bear to finally end the Nighthawks’ offensive dominance. Ramos scored touchdowns on rushes of one, eleven, two and 25 yards to give Bishop Amat a 56-35 lead early in the fourth quarter.
“At half-time we talked about who wanted it more,” said Ramos. “Going home wasn’t an option.”
Franklin had six catches for 116 yards for Bishop Amat.
It was a difficult last game together for the Bachmeiers.
Before the game, Tiger’s long black hair reached halfway down his back as he relaxed without a pad. It is said in the Murrieta Valley that no one has ever seen him get his hair cut. Had no one tried to attack him by pulling his hair from the back of his helmet?
“No one comes close enough,” said an assistant coach.
High school football in Southern California has seldom seen a player with Bachmeier’s credentials. He studies Chinese, gets straight A’s, works on a pilot’s license, sings in a choir and has a 15 foot, 9 inch pole vault. He has also caught 97 passes and had 15 touchdowns on his brother’s passes.
Tiger is enrolling early at Stanford, so he’ll be leaving Bear in a few weeks.
“It was great,” Tiger said. “Not many can say they’ve played high school football with their brother, let alone threw them a touchdown pass. I will cherish this moment.”
https://www.latimes.com/sports/highschool/story/2022-11-04/aiden-ramos-sets-school-record-with-7-touchdowns-in-bishop-amat-win Aiden Ramos sets school record with 7 TDs in Bishop Amat’s win