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Ramos Seizes Chance to Show His Versatility

September 27, 1998|FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ | TIMES STAFF WRITER

NORTHRIDGE — Because of an injury to Eric Carpenter, sophomore transfer Anthony Ramos is playing one of Cal State Northridge's two slot receiver positions.

He's making the most of the opportunity.

In Northridge's 38-35 victory over Eastern Washington on Saturday, Ramos, a former quarterback at Dos Pueblos High and Santa Barbara City College, showed his versatility.

Ramos, 5 feet 9 and 170 pounds, completed the two passes he attempted, including a 40-yard strike to Jimmy Greninger on an option play that gave Northridge a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.

He also carried twice for 25 yards.

"It's been a while since I've thrown the ball," Ramos said. "Jimmy came wide open and I knew that if I put it up there that he would catch it. When [the coaches] called [the play], I was just hoping it would work."

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Greninger missed last season because of a hamstring injury he couldn't shake.

"I cried before every game," said Greninger, a senior from Modesto. "This year, I made sure I would be healthy."

He has returned in fine form.

His three receptions and 112 yards against Eastern Washington gave him six catches for 162 yards with two touchdowns in three games. He has five career touchdowns.

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With the victory Saturday, the Matadors surely will move up in the Sagarin ratings this week.

Northridge last week garnered 52.95 points to place 126th out of 234 Division I teams listed, fourth-highest among Big Sky Conference schools.

The Matadors are ranked behind No. 96 Montana (61.04), No. 114 Montana State (55.54) and No. 124 Weber State (53.17).

The Matadors also should rise in the polls.

They were No. 27 in the Sports Network poll last week.

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