It was Senior Night at Kerman High, and for one player, it was time to celebrate a career move he’s committed to once he’s done with school.
Lions senior defensive end Javier Ramirez is joining the U.S. Marine Corps, with fans cheering his acceptance for enlistment as part of delayed entry program as part of a pregame ceremony before the Lions’ key North Sequoia League game against Liberty.
Proud parents Roberto and Margarita Ramirez were by his side.
The certification proclamation noted that Ramirez has “successfully passed the required mental, moral and physical examination and has been accepted for enlistment.”
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There also was cause to celebrate after the game, as the Lions rolled past Liberty 56-26 to take control of the NSL. An outright title awaits with a win next Friday against Washington.
Kerman quarterback Sean Chambers passed for 221 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 146 yards and two TDs.
Chris Acosta had 25 carries for 185 yards and four touchdowns. He had a reception for 18 yards and caught the scoring pass from Chambers.
The Lions finished with 635 total yards.
Kerman won its eighth straight and improved to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in the league. The Hawks dropped to 7-2 and 2-1.