Sports Briefs: Downey beats Warren in football league opener

DOWNEY – The Downey High School football team defeated Dominguez last Friday night at Downey, 54-14. 

With the win, Downey improved to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in S.G.V.L. play. With the loss, Dominguez fell to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in S.G.V.L. play. 

Downey will travel to Lynwood (3-3, 0-1) later today for their game against the Knights. Lynwood was defeated by Gahr (6-0, 1-0) at Gahr 13-9 last Friday night.

The Vikings will host cross-town rival Warren next week, will host Gahr on 10/28 and will conclude their regular season when they travel to Paramount on Nov.4. 

In the Dominguez game, Viking quarterback Trevor Hill completed 11/14 pass attempts for 266 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Hill also ran three times for 61 yards and scored a touchdown. 

Downey rushers accumulated 257 yards on 25 carries. Emari Demercado carried the ball seven times for 119 yards and had three touchdowns and Baraq Ross carried the ball seven times for 55 yards. 

The Viking receiving corps were led by Baraq Ross’ three catches for 31 yards and Emari Demercado’s two catches for 58 yards. Joseph Alex also had one catch for 33 yards in the winning effort.

The Viking defense played solid defense as well. Malcom Perry had seven solo and five assisted tackles, Josh Cooper had five solo and three assisted tackles and Michael Cabrera had four solo and four assisted tackles. 

Coach Williams, his staff and players will look to improve to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in league play later today.

■ The Warren High School football team was defeated by Paramount last Friday night at Paramount, 26-13, dropping the Bears to 0-5-1 overall and 0-1 in S.G.V.L. play. 

With the win, Paramount improved to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in S.G.V.L. play. 

Warren will host an undefeated Gahr team (6-0, 1-0) later today. Gahr defeated Lynwood (3-3, 0-1) at Gahr 13-9 last Friday night.

Warren will travel to cross-town rival Downey next week for their much anticipated showdown with the Vikings, will host Dominguez on 10/28 and will conclude their regular season when they travel to Lynwood on Nov.4. 

Through five games this season, Bear quarterback Chris Venegas has completed 54/120 pass attempts for 640 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions. Venegas has also ran 30 times for 126 yards. Sebastian Valencia has led the Bear ground attack with 33 carries for 217 yards and two touchdowns. 

The Warren receiving corps have been led Jordan Mayes’ 17 receptions for 201 yards with three touchdowns and Robbie Colenzo’s 14 receptions for 196 yards. The Bears are averaging 14.5 points per game.

The Bear defense has been led by tackling machine Jorge Valderrama’s 45 solo and 35 assisted tackles, Donovan Taylor’s 24 solo and 16 assisted tackles and Sirahn Fields’ 23 solo and 16 assisted tackles. 

Coach Lara, his staff and players are looking for their first win of the season tonight against a much improved Gahr team.

■ The Downey-Warren football game begins at 7 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 21, at Downey High. 
The ticket office opens at 5 p.m. No line-ups prior to 4:30 p.m. are allowed. 

Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. All members of the party must be present to purchase tickets. 

No pre-sale tickets will be sold.

■ The Downey Calvary Chapel football team defeated Lucerne Valley at Downey High School last Saturday night, 22-6,  improving to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in 8-Man Freelance League play. 
With the loss, the Mustangs fell to 2-4. 

The Grizzlies will travel to Flintridge Prep of La Canada tomorrow afternoon for their game against the Rebels. The Rebels are currently 4-1 overall and 1-0 in 8-Man Freelance League play. Flintridge Prep is coming off their first loss of the season to Cate of Carpinteria last Saturday afternoon 55-48.

In the Lucerne Valley game, the Grizzlies scored first and took an early 6-0 lead. The conversion was unsuccessful and the score was 6-0 Grizzlies at the end of the first quarter. The Mustangs answered back in the second quarter and tied the game at six. The Lucerne Valley conversion was unsuccessful. 

DCC did not score in the second quarter and the score was 6-6 going into the locker rooms at halftime.

DCC scored a touchdown and was successful on the two-point conversion in the third quarter. Lucerne Valley did not score in the third quarter and the score remained 14-6 as the fourth quarter started. 

DCC added another touchdown and two-point conversion in the fourth quarter and pulled away for the 22-6 win.

DCC will conclude their regular season schedule when they travel to Chadwick of Palos Verdes Peninsula next Saturday afternoon. Chadwick is currently 5-1 overall and 1-0 in 8-Man Freelance League play. 

■ The Warren High School girls’ volleyball team currently has an overall record of 6-10 and are 2-4 in S.G.V.L. play. 

The Lady Bears were defeated by Paramount on Tuesday in a tight, five set match 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 22-25 and 16-14. The two teams served, passed and hit their way to an exciting, nail biting finish. 

Warren traveled to Gahr yesterday for their much anticipated rematch with the Lady Gladiators (score unavailable at press time). The Lady Bears were defeated by Gahr in their first match in five sets on October 27th 21-25, 23-25, 25-10, 25-19 and 16-14.

As it stands now, Gahr is on top of the San Gabriel Valley League standings with an overall record of 10-7 and league record of 6-0. Downey is in second place with an overall record of 7-12 and league record of 5-1 and Paramount is in third place with an overall record of 7-8 and a league record of 4-2.

To round out the S.G.V.L. standings, Warren is currently in fourth place with an overall record of 6-10 and a league record of 2-4. Lynwood is in fifth place with an overall record of 7-6 and a league record of 1-5 and Dominguez is in sixth place with an overall record of 0-8 and a league record of 0-6.

Each team has three league matches remaining before the C.I.F. playoff brackets are released. Coach Lane, his staff and players are looking forward to finishing S.G.V.L. play strong and making a run at a C.I.F. Southern Section Division 4 playoff spot.