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Downey High proves it's for real, beats Warren 42-7
Downey dominates crosstown rivalry, running past Warren in league opener.
WRITTEN BY :   Mark Fetter, Contributor

DOWNEY – The Downey Vikings defeated their cross-town rival Warren Bears, 42-7, last Friday evening at Downey High School.
The Vikings improved their record to 1-0 in league play and 4-2 overall. The Bears are now 0-1 in league play and 0-6 overall.
Downey started the game with an onside kick that was recovered by the Vikings at the Warren 46-yard line. It was first and ten Downey.
The Vikings wasted little time scoring as Justin Huff raced 46 yards for the first touchdown of the game at the 11:41 mark. The extra point was good and the Vikings led 7-0.
Warren struck right back on a 20 yard strike from Bear quarterback Zaahid Summerville to Daryl Donerson at the 10:41 mark. The Bear touchdown was set up on a Summerville to Michael San Angelo 60 yard reception on the previous play. The extra point was good and Warren pulled even at 7 .
It appeared Downey had scored again at the 10:15 mark but the play was called back due to a penalty. Downey regrouped and marched the ball down to the Warren 10-yard line but could not get any closer. Downey kicker Mario Galvan came in and nailed a 32-yard field goal on a 4th and four play. The kick was good but the Warren defense roughed Galvan and Downey had a first and goal.
The Warren defense held and the game remained tied at 7 when Galvan missed his next field goal attempt from 29 yards out at the 5:48 mark.
Interestingly, Bear running back Daryl Donerson had an 80 yard touchdown called back due to a holding call at the 5:32 mark. The game remained tied at 7.
Warren did not score on this drive due to an interception by Downey’s Tristan Esparza. Esparza returned the ball to the Warren 26 yard line and set up a nine yard rushing score by Viking receiver Gus Caro at the 1:46 mark of the first quarter. The extra point was good and Downey led 14-7. The first quarter ended with Downey leading 14-7.
The second quarter saw Downey score three touchdowns. The first score came on a pass play at the 8:09 mark. The extra point was good and Downey led 21-7. Downey scored again at the 4:56 mark. The extra point was good and Downey led 28-7. Downey finished their second quarter scoring with a touchdown pass to Justin Huff at the :22 second mark. The extra point was good and Downey led 35-7 going into the locker room at halftime.
Warren kicked off to Downey to start the second half. Downey and Warren exchanged the ball and field position for a good part of the third quarter. Downey scored at the :33 second mark of the third quarter. The extra point was good and the Vikings led 42-7. The third quarter ended with this same score.
There was no scoring in the fourth quarter and the game ended with a 42-7 Downey win.
Downey was led on offense by quarterbacks Jorge Reyna and Conor Hill who passed for 302 yards. Reyna completed 7/9 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Hill completed 7/14 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown pass. Josh Moreno caught four passes for 41 yards, Tristan Esparza caught three passes for 53 yards, Justin Huff caught two passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns, Jeremy Villa caught two passes for 44 yards, Jacob Cook caught one pass for 46 yards and a touchdown, Jorge Reyna caught one pass for 34 yards and Jonathan Swindell caught one pass for ten yards.
The Vikings rushed for 270 yards on 30 carries. Justin Huff led the way for the Vikings with 178 yards on 19 carries and one rushing touchdown. Jorge Reyna had four carries for 26 yards, Eric Carrillo had three carries for 17 yards, Matthew Gonzalez had two carries for 18 yards, Conor Hill had one carry for 22 yards and a touchdown and Gus Caro had one carry for nine yards and a touchdown.
Downey was led on defense by Robert Salazar’s four solo and six assisted tackles, Tristan Esparza’s two solo and seven assisted tackles, Jeremy Villa’s three solo and three assisted tackles and Anthony Florido’s one solo and four assisted tackles. Anthony Mendez, Tristan Esparza and Josh Gonzalez each had one interception to pace the Viking defense.
Warren quarterback Zaahid Summerville completed 5/21 passes for 112 yards and three interceptions. Daryl Donerson caught two passes for 36 yards, Michael San Angelo caught one pass for 60 yards, Keenan Brooks caught one pass for nine yards and Oscar Herrera caught one pass for seven yards. The Bears rushed 17 times for 64 yards. Daryl Donerson led the Bear ground game with eight carries for 30 yards, Darwin Walker had six carries for 22 yards, Michael San Angelo had one carry for seven yards, J.R. Vaaulu had one carry for three yards and Keenan Brooks had one carry for two yards.
Downey and Warren will host Gahr and Dominguez tonight, respectively.

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Published: October 11, 2012 – Volume 11 – Issue 26



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