Downey and Warren win, setting up huge game

DOWNEY – The Downey High School football team defeated Lynwood at Downey last Friday night, 33-12. 

With the win, Downey improved to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in S.G.V.L. play. With the loss, Lynwood fell to 4-3 overall and 0-2 in S.G.V.L. play. 

Downey will travel to cross-town rival Warren (6-1, 2-0) later today and face a Bear team that is on a five-game win streak.

Downey was in a tough situation last week. The Vikings had to finish 1 1/2 quarters against Dominguez two days earlier, on Wednesday, from the “no lights” game last Friday. Downey won the completed Dominguez game 27-14 after leading 13-0 in “part 1” from Friday. It was a delicate situation that turned out well for Downey.

In the Lynwood game, Downey jumped out to a 14-0 lead and closed the first quarter with that same score. The Vikings added 13 points in the second quarter and led 27-0 at halftime. Lynwood outscored Downey 6-3 in the third quarter but Downey still led 30-6 as the quarter came to a close. Lynwood outscored Downey 6-3 in the fourth quarter as well but Downey had already secured the 33-12 win. 

Downey quarterbacks Rafeeq Rahim and Trevor Hill combined to complete 15/26 pass attempts for 171 yards. The Viking ground game was led by Asfunso Elam who had 69 yards on four carries. Hinckley Ropati had two carries for 61 yards and Emari Demarcado had nine carries for 56 yards. Downey’s run game combined for 330 yards on 37 carries.

The Viking receiving corps were led by Ricky Hickson’s 44 yards on two receptions. Noah Lopez had 41 yards on three receptions and Albert Padilla had 36 yards on four receptions. Downey receivers combined for 171 yards on 15 receptions. 

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The Warren High School football team defeated Gahr at Gahr last Friday night, 42-21, to improve to 2-0 in SGVL play and 6-1 overall.

 Warren will host cross-town rival Downey (4-3, 2-0) later today and Gahr will travel to Dominguez (4-3, 1-1) for their game against the Dons.

Warren quarterback Jordan Yancy completed 13/19 pass attempts for 246 yards two touchdowns and one interception. The Bear ground game accumulated 205 yards on 38 carries and four touchdowns. The Warren receiving corps had 13 receptions for 246 yards and two touchdowns.

Antwan Mims led the Bear ground attack with 93 yards on seven carries and one touchdown. Ulises Cota led the Bear receiving corps with five receptions for 123 yards and one touchdown.
In the Gahr game, the Bears took an early 15-0 lead and held that lead as the first quarter came to a close. Warren added to their lead in the second quarter and went into the locker room at halftime leading 28-7.

It was more of the same for the Bears in the second half. The Bears scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter and led 42-14. Gahr added a fourth quarter touchdown to close the score to 42-21. The game ended with that same 42-21 score.

Coach Lara, his staff and players are looking forward to playing Downey later tonight. Downey won last year’s game 49-19 in Raul Lara’s first season as head coach. The winner of this game will have the inside track to an undefeated San Gabriel Valley League season and league championship.

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The Warren High School girls’ volleyball team currently has an overall record of 11-6 and are 5-1 in S.G.V.L. play. 

The Lady Bears defeated Paramount at Warren 3-0 on 10/1, were defeated by Gahr at Gahr 3-2 on 10/6 and defeated cross-town rival Downey at Warren 3-1 on 10/13.

The Lady Bears defeated Dominguez at Dominguez 3-0 on 10/15 and defeated Paramount at Paramount 3-0 on 10/20. Warren hosted Gahr yesterday (score unavailable at press time) and will travel to cross-town rival Downey next Tuesday. Warren will conclude S.G.V.L. play when they host Dominguez on 10/29 and travel to Lynwood on 11/3.

There is a three-way tie in the San Gabriel Valley League standings. Gahr (14-8, 4-1), Warren (11-6, 5-1) and Downey (7-10, 4-1) are all tied atop the standings. Paramount (10-8, 2-3), Lynwood (5-7, 1-4) and Dominguez (0-7, 0-5) round out the S.G.V.L. standings.

Warren is currently ranked 24th in the Southern Section 2AA standings. Gahr is ranked 18th, Paramount is ranked 34th and Downey is ranked 38th. The second half of league play will be exciting with several teams battling for a league title and C.I.F. league seeding spots.

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The middle school sport’s first rotation concluded Wednesday and six – actually seven – city champions were crowned. 

There were city championships earned in 6th, 7th and 8th grade football and 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls’ volleyball. There was a co-championship in 8th grade girls’ volleyball.

The 6th grade football city champion was Stauffer. Stauffer finished their season at 5-1, Doty finished at 4-2, Sussman finished at 3-3 and Griffiths finished at 0-6. 

The 7th grade city champion is Doty. Doty finished their season at 5-1, Stauffer finished their season at 4-2, Sussman finished their season at 2-4 and Griffiths finished their season at 1-5. 
The 8th grade football city champion is Stauffer. Stauffer finished their season at 5-1, Doty finished their season at 4-2, Sussman finished their season at 3-3 and Griffiths finished their season at 0-6.

The 6th grade volleyball girls’ city champion is Doty. Doty finished their season at 6-0. Sussman finished their season at 2-4, Griffiths finished their season at 2-4 and Stauffer finished their season at 2-4. 

The 7th grade volleyball girls’ city champion is Doty. Doty finished their season at 6-0, Griffiths finished their season at 3-3, Sussman finished their season at 3-3 and Stauffer finished their season at 0-6. 

The 8th grade volleyball girls’ city champion is Griffiths and Stauffer. Griffiths and Stauffer are co-champions. Both teams finished at 4-2 and share the city championship. Doty and Sussman both finished their seasons at 2-4, respectively.

The next rotation of sports is boys’ volleyball and girls’ soccer. There will be three grade level teams for 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys’ volleyball and two girl teams consisting of a varsity (8th grade) and junior varsity (6th and 7th grade) team.