High school football schedules released

DOWNEY – The Warren High School football team will kick off their 2017 season when they host Don Lugo on Friday, August 25. 

Warren finished last season with an overall record of 2-7-1 and a S.G.V.L. record of 2-3. The Bears did not qualify for postseason play.

Warren will travel to Kaiser on 9/1, will travel to Buena Park on 9/7, will travel to Lakewood on 9/15 and will host St. Paul on 9/22 in their final preseason game. 

Warren was defeated by Don Lugo at Don Lugo 18-0 last season, tied Kaiser at Warren 15-15, was defeated by Buena Park at Warren 42-0, was defeated by Lakewood at Warren 28-22, and was defeated by St. Paul at St. Paul 47-37.

Warren will observe their bye week during week six of the season. The Bears will begin S.G.V.L. play when they host Lynwood on 10/6. The Bears will then host Paramount on 10/13, will travel to Gahr on 10/20, will host Downey on 10/27 and will travel to Dominguez for a TBD game on 11/3 in their regular season finale.

Warren defeated Lynwood at Lynwood last season 25-15, was defeated by Paramount at Paramount 26-13, was defeated by Gahr at Warren 21-7, was defeated by Downey at Downey 42-35 and defeated Dominguez at Warren 43-18. 

Coach Lara, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2017 football season.

■ The Downey High School football team will kick off their 2017 opener when they host Santa Margarita on Friday, August 25. 

The Vikings finished last season with an overall record of 10-2 and were 5-0 in S.G.V.L. play. For their efforts, Downey was the 2016 San Gabriel Valley League champion. Downey was defeated by Charter Oak of Covina 35-21 in the second round of the C.I.F. Division 4 playoffs.

Downey will travel to play Hart at the College of Canyons on 9/1, will travel to Burbank on 9/8, will host San Pedro on 9/15 and will host Santa Fe on 9/22 in their final preseason game. The Vikings will observe their bye week during week six and will begin S.G.V.L. play on 10/6.

The Vikings did not play Santa Margarita last season. Downey was defeated by Hart at Downey 30-20, defeated Burbank at Downey 7-6, defeated San Pedro at San Pedro 27-21 and did not play Santa Fe.

Downey will host Paramount on 10/6, will travel to Dominguez for a TBD game on 10/13, will host Lynwood on 10/20, will travel to cross-town rival Warren on 10/27 and will travel to Gahr on 11/2 for their league finale.

The Vikings defeated Paramount at Paramount 28-14 last season, defeated Dominguez at Downey 54-14, defeated Lynwood at Lynwood 35-7, defeated Warren at Downey 42-35 and defeated Gahr at Downey 56-35. 

Coach Williams, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2017 football season.

■ The Downey Calvary Chapel football team will kick off their 2017 football season when they travel to Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo on Saturday, August 26. 

The DCC Grizzlies finished last season with an overall record of 5-4 and an 8-Man Freelance League record of 3-1. 

DCC started last season on a two-game win streak when they defeated Sage Hill of Newport Beach at Sage Hill 54-30 on 8/26 and when they defeated Lighthouse Christian of Santa Monica 64-8 on 9/3. DCC struggled mid-season and did not participate in postseason play. The Grizzlies fell in their season finale at Chadwick of Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Head coach Mike Nuno is still working on this season’s schedule as he begins his third season as head coach. Nuno was 5-3 in 2015 and 5-4 in 2016. Thus far, the Grizzlies are scheduled to play Julian at Downey on 9/9, are also scheduled to play Lucerne Valley at Lucerne Valley on 10/6 and are scheduled to play Laguna Beach at Downey on 11/3. DCC plays their home games at Downey High School due to facility concerns at Downey Calvary Chapel.

Coach Nuno will complete his schedule shortly and DCC will have nine games scheduled for the season. The Grizzlies will continue to compete in 8-Man football this season. Coach Nuno, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2017 football season.

■ The Downey High School softball team has a new head coach. Edgardo Garcia was the Downey junior varsity head coach last season and will now be the varsity head coach moving forward. 

The junior varsity team finished last season with an overall record of 24-4 and were 10-0 in S.G.V.L. play. For their undefeated season, the junior varsity Lady Vikings were the 2017 S.G.V.L champions.

Coach Garcia has spent time at El Rancho High School, with the SoCal Choppers and Ruthless 2020-Bustos. He brings an excellent record with him and looks to get the varsity team back into the playoffs. 

The Lady Vikings have finished the past two seasons with records of 14-15 overall and 4-6 in league play and 13-14 overall and 5-5 in league play, respectively. The Lady Vikings have missed the playoffs the past two seasons and Paramount has earned a playoff spot by finishing third in league play in each of the last two seasons.

The Downey junior varsity team swept both Gahr and cross-town rival Warren last season. Gahr and Warren are certainly the varsity teams to beat in league play. Winning at the junior varsity level may be a positive sign of good things to come for the Lady Vikings.

Downey defeated Gahr at Gahr on 4/13 by a score of 9-1 and again on 5/8 at Downey by a score of 10-0. The Lady Vikings defeated Warren at Warren on 4/11 by a score of 12-1 and again at Downey on 5/4 by the score of 7-2.

Things will get interesting as softball season approaches. Coach Garcia, his staff and players are all looking forward to competing for a league title this season and getting back into the playoffs.