Downey advances to CIF championship game

DOWNEY – The Downey High School football team advanced to the C.I.F. Division 4 championship game with a decisive 41-21 win at Capistrano Valley last Friday night. 

 Photo by Pedro Garcia

Photo by Pedro Garcia

With the win, the Vikings improved to 11-2 overall and in the process eliminated Capistrano Valley from the playoffs and ended the Cougars’ perfect season (12-1).

Downey jumped out to an early 14-point lead against Capistrano Valley and never looked back. Downey led by the same 14-0 score at the end of the first quarter. 

Both schools scored a touchdown and PAT in the second quarter and Downey took a 21-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Both teams scored a touchdown in the third quarter and Downey maintained their two-touchdown lead, 28-14, as the third quarter came to an end. The Vikings outscored the Cougars 13-7 in the fourth quarter and pulled away with the 41-21 win.

Viking quarterback Kijjon Foots completed 14/17 pass attempts for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Foots did not throw an interception and his quarterback rating was an impressive 157.7. Foots also carried the ball eight times for 44 yards.

The Viking ground game was led by Baraq Ross’ 25 carries for 223 yards and three touchdowns. 

Downey’s receiving corps was led by Christopher Atkins’ six catches for 106 yards and one touchdown Noah Skobis’ four catches for 51 yards and Edward Esparza’s three catches for 31 yards and one touchdown.

The Viking defense was led by Malcom Perry’s six solo and five assisted tackles, Jacob Manetta’s three solo and four assisted tackles and Noah Skobis’ four solo and two assisted tackles. 

Downey will host Cajon this Saturday at 7 pm. The game will be streamed live online by Fox Sports Prep Zone.