It was a case of too much offense in the arsenal of visiting Healdsburg as the Greyhounds rolled to a convincing 46-15 win over Petaluma at Ellison Field on Friday night.
Petaluma tried a little bit of everything on the defensive side of the football, including some occasional successful all-out blitzing rushes in the more competitive first half, but came up short as the Hounds rushed to a 26-15 lead at intermission. Healdsburg wound up with 396 total yards in the first half, including four touchdown passes by junior signal caller Wittke Ramsey.
Ramsey threw for 241 yards in the first two periods as his receivers either got in back of trailing Trojan defenders or out ran them after the catch,
Petaluma matched the Hounds for almost the entire first quarter and trailed only 13-12 with seconds remaining. Long running plays by quarterback Patrick Bailey and Gabe Medina kept them in the hunt.
Medina broke away from a pack of Hound defenders and galloped 73 yards to pay dirt to keep the shoot-out alive with less than two minutes remaining in the half.
A booming 47-yard punt by Greg Thomas pinned Healdsburg on its 2-yard line, and things appeared to swing back in favor of the Trojans with time running out in the first period. But then disaster struck.
Ramsey got great blocking up front and dropped back into the end zone where he lofted a long pass to a streaking Chris Pedroni who legged it the rest of the way to complete a crushing 98-yard pass play for a touchdown.
Petaluma bounced right back, however, and drove the ball deep into Greyhound territory, using up over seven minutes on the game clock in the second period.
The teams exchanged punts, and Petaluma got the best of things when senior Jeremy Spaletta broke through to partially block a Healdsburg attempted kick and the Trojans had terrific field position on the Hound 31-yard line.
Three plays produced very little, and Petaluma sent out the field goal unit. Thomas, who had a notable game kicking the ball all night, came through again with a 42-yard three pointer, and the Trojans cut the margin to 20-15 with less than two minutes to go in the half.
Led by Ramsey, the Hounds were not content to sit on the lead until halftime. Ramsey hooked up with wide-out Tanner Cristando for 39 yards and a touchdown and Healdsburg beat the clock with a hurry-up offense in nine plays.
The second half was all Healdsburg, as the Hounds tacked on three touchdowns while holding the tiring Trojans scoreless.
Bailey, who ran the Trojan offense effectively including breaking a 57-yard run in the first half, finally left the game when he was upended by multiple tacklers on an attempted option. He was replaced by sophomore Brendan White, who finished the game and completed a couple of passes.
It was the third consecutive victory for Healdsburg, as the Hounds improved to 2-0 in Sonoma County League play. The Trojans slipped to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the SCL.
Senior linebacker Joe Lynch had an outstanding game for Petaluma including eight tackles and a fumble recovery.
Petaluma out ran the Greyhounds, rushing for 288 yards to 271 for Healdsburg, but Ramsey completed 13 of 24 passes for 219 yards for the Hounds. The Trojans had jut 44 yards passing.