DOWNEY - The Downey Viking football team hosted the Dominguez Dons last Friday night at Allen Layne Stadium and came away with an impressive 28-12 win.The Vikings came into the game with an overall record of 5-3 and a league record of 2-1. The Dominguez Dons came into the game with an overall record of 4-4 and a league record of 3-0. Downey lost to Paramount last week 21-17 and Dominguez beat Gahr 31-3. If Downey wanted a share of the San Gabriel Valley League championship, they needed to win this game. Now, Dominguez needs to beat Paramount this evening and Downey needs to beat Lynwood for Downey to earn part of a tri-championship. Interestingly, this is exactly what happened last year. Downey kicked the ball off to Dominguez to start the game. The two teams exchanged the ball and field position throughout the first quarter with neither team scoring. The score remained 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. Downey scored its first touchdown of the evening on a 39 yard Justin Huff touchdown run at the 8:39 mark of the second quarter. The extra point was good and Downey took a 7-0 lead. Downey scored their second touchdown of the evening at the 4:53 mark of the second quarter when Viking quarterback Jorge Reyna scored on a 25-yard keeper. The extra point was good and Downey took a 14-0 lead. Downey appeared ready to score a third touchdown of the second quarter but a Jorge Reyna pass was intercepted at the four yard line with with :05 seconds to play before halftime. Dominguez took a knee and the score at halftime remained 14-0 Downey. Dominguez kicked the ball off to Downey to start the second half. The Vikings wasted little time scoring when Justin Huff ran through the Don defense and scored on a 63 yard touchdown run at the 11:41 mark of the third quarter. The extra point was good and took a 21-0 lead. The Vikings sealed this win at the 7:56 mark of the third quarter when Jorge Reyna scored on a 38 yard touchdown run. What was most impressive about this Viking score was how Jorge Reyna dove for the pylon as he tried to avoid two Don tacklers. As Reyna was getting knocked out of bounds, he reached the ball out to touch the pilon. The ball touched the pylon and the back judge's arms were raised to signal touchdown. An impressive, gutsy effort for Reyna. The extra point was good and Downey took a commanding 28-0 lead. The score remained that way and the third quarter ended with the same 28-0 Downey lead. Dominguez added two late touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The first came at the 5:29 mark and the second came at the 3:06 mark. Both extra points were no good and Downey won 28-12. Reyna finished 0/4 passing with one interception. The Viking rushing attack accumulated 423 yards on 34 carries. Justin Huff led the Viking rushing attack with 316 yards on 15 carries. Jorge Reyna added 75 yards on eight carries, Eric Carrillo had six yards on three carries, Matthew Gonzalez had 20 yards on four carries and Jeremy Villa had nine yards on one carry. The Viking defense was led by Robert Salazar's two solo and ten assisted tackles, Tristan Esparza's three solo and ten assisted tackles, Jeremy Villa's one solo and seven assisted tackles, Hector Walker's eight assisted tackles and Patrick Smith's eight assisted tackles.
********** Published: November 1, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 29