The Downey High School football team defeated San Pedro at Downey last Friday night, 56-42, improving to 3-1 on the season.
With the loss, the Pirates fell to 3-1.
Last Friday night’s game saw 14 total touchdowns scored and 98 points put on the scoreboard. The game certainly had a Madden 18 video game feel to it with all the scoring. Downey defeated San Pedro last season at San Pedro, 27-21.
San Pedro scored the first touchdown and Downey trailed 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. The Vikings came alive in the second quarter and scored three touchdowns. The Pirates scored one more touchdown and Downey took a 28-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
San Pedro outscored Downey 14-7 in the third quarter and the score was tied at 35 as the third quarter came to an end. The Vikings put the game away in the fourth quarter as they scored three more touchdowns to San Pedro’s one. Downey came away with the hard-fought, 56-42 win.
Downey has scored 133 points over the last three weeks, an average of just over 44 points per game. Viking quarterback Kijjon Foots and running back Baraq Ross have played well in leading the Viking offense. The Downey offense now appears to be clicking on all cylinders after being shut out by the Trinity League’s Santa Margarita in week one.
Downey will host a 1-3 Santa Fe team Friday night. The Chiefs defeated South Torrance 42-0 last Friday night to get their first win of the season.
Coach Williams, his staff and players will conclude their preseason schedule at the end of the Santa Fe game. The Vikings will observe their bye week next week and will open league play when they host Paramount at Downey on October 6.
The Vikings will travel to cross-town rival Warren for their annual city showdown on October 27.
■ The Warren High School football team defeated Lakewood at Lakewood last Friday night, 20-12. With the win, the Bears improved to 3-1 on the season.
With the loss, the Lancers fell to 0-4. Lakewood defeated Warren last season at Warren, 28-22.
The Bears will host a 2-2 St. Paul team later tonight. St. Paul defeated St. Anthony of Long Beach 34-6 last Friday night to even their record. The Swordsmen defeated the Bears 47-37 last season in an offensive contest. Warren is looking for a different result this season.
In the Warren/Lakewood game, the score was tied 6-6 at the end of the first quarter. Warren scored a touchdown in the second quarter and led 13-6 going into the locker room at halftime. Lakewood scored six points in the third quarter but Warren still led 13-12.
The score remained 13-12 as the fourth quarter began. The Bears added a touchdown and extra point in the fourth quarter and came away with the hard-fought, 20-12 win.
Warren has scored 152 points over the last four weeks, an average of 38 points per game. Bear quarterback Chris Venegas has been outstanding thus far as have his receivers Robbie Colenzo and Desmond Carnes. The Bears’ offense appears to be clicking on all cylinders.
The Bears’ defense has given up 79 points per game, an average of just under 20 points per game. Warren’s defense also appears to be tightening up and playing well.
Coach Lara, his staff and players will conclude their preseason schedule at the end of the St. Paul game later tonight. The Bears will observe their bye week next week and will open league play when they host Lynwood at Warren on October 6.
The Bears will host cross-town rival Downey for their annual city showdown on Oct. 27.
■ The St. John Bosco football team defeated Dorsey at Mission Viejo High School last Friday night, 69-14. With the win, the Braves improved to 3-1 while Dorsey fell to 0-3.
St. John Bosco travels to Washington, D.C. to play St. John’s this week. The St. John’s Cadets are currently 2-1 and ranked 46th nationally.
The game against St. John’s will mark the end of the preseason for the Braves. St. John Bosco will have their bye week next week in order to get injured players healthy and to prepare for the start of league play.
St. John Bosco will begin Trinity League play when they travel to Orange Coast College to play Orange Lutheran on October 6. The highly anticipated game against nationally top ranked Mater Dei will be the following week, October 13.
In the St. John Bosco/Dorsey game the Braves scored early and often. The Braves led 35-0 at the end of the first quarter after scoring five unanswered touchdowns. St. John Bosco continued their offensive assault with three more unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter and led 56-0 heading into the locker room at halftime.
The Braves rested their starters in the second half. St. John Bosco scored six more points in the third quarter and led 62-0 at the end of three quarters of play. Dorsey finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter and outscored the Braves 14-7. It was too little too late for the Dons as St. John Bosco won easily 69-14.
Coach Negro, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of league play. St. John Bosco will begin another run at a league, C.I.F., state and national titles. The Braves are currently ranked fourth nationally and second in California.
■The SPXMA football team currently has an overall record of 1-3 and will begin Academy League play when they host Crean Lutheran of Irvine on Friday. The Warriors compete in C.I.F. Division 13 and in the Academy League.
The Academy League consists of four schools. Those four schools are SPXMA, Crean Lutheran, Orange Vista and St. Margaret’s. As of week four, St. Margaret’s is 3-1, Crean Lutheran is 2-2, Orange Vista is 1-3 and as previously stated, SPXMA is 1-3.
The Warriors were defeated by the Webb Schools of Claremont at home 44-7 in week one, were defeated by Montclair at Montclair 56-6 in week two and defeated Panorama at home 26-18 in week three to earn their first win of the season. The Warriors were defeated by Cantwell-Sacred Heart 32-31 last week in a heartbreaker.
The Warriors will play St. Margaret’s of San Jan Capistrano next week at home, will play Firebaugh at Firebaugh in week seven, will play Silver Valley of Yermo in week eight before they have their bye week in week nine. SPXMA will use their bye week to get injured players back on the field and to rest up for the conclusion of their season.
The Warriors will host Orange Vista of Perris in week ten and will conclude their regular season against Bosco Tech of Rosemead at Bosco Tech in week eleven.
Coach Butler, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of Academy League play and competing for a playoff spot.