Sports Briefs: Downey hangs on for 7-6 win over Burbank

DOWNEY – The Downey High School football team defeated the Burbank Bulldogs, 7-6, last Friday night at Downey. 

The Vikings took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The score remained 7-0 going into the locker rooms at halftime. Downey maintained that lead and still led 7-0 at the end of the third quarter. Burbank scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter and cut Downey’s lead to 7-6. The Bulldogs did not convert on the extra point and the Vikings held on for the 7-6 win.

With the win, Downey improved to 2-1. With the loss, Burbank dropped to 1-2. Downey will travel to Long Beach Millikan later today to face a Ram team that is 0-3. The Rams were defeated in their first game by Lynwood 40-6, were defeated in their second game by Gahr 39-16 and were defeated last week by Banning 50-18.

In the Burbank game, Downey quarterback Trevor Hill competed 15/28 passes for 148 yards. Hill did not throw a touchdown pass and had one interception. The Viking ground game accumulated 204 yards on 38 carries. Baraq Ross had 18 carries for 117 yards, Asfunso Elam had nine carries for 33 yards and Trevor Hill had six carries for 38 yards and Downey’s only touchdown.

The Viking receiving corps were led by Tony Ramirez’s four catches for 73 yards and Chris Atkins’ two catches for 31 yards. The Viking offense was able to move the ball up and down the field for 352 yards.

The Downey defense was led by Jack Chapman’s six solo and five assisted tackles, Malcom Perry’s six solo and three assisted tackles and Sebastian Martinez’s six solo and two assisted tackles. Coach Williams, his staff and players look to improve to 3-1 tonight. Downey will host the Chino Hills Huskies (3-0) next week.

■ The Warren High School football team was defeated by Buena Park at Warren last Friday night, 42-0. With the loss, Warren fell to 0-2-1 on the season while Buena Park improved to 3-0. 

Warren will host an 0-3 Lakewood Lancer team tonight at Justice Stadium. The Lancers were defeated by Leuzinger in their first game 53-37, were defeated by La Serna in their second game 43-19 and were defeated by Los Alamitos last week 32-12.

In the Buena Park game, Bear quarterback Chris Venegas completed 9/18 passes for 63 yards. Venegas did not throw a touchdown pass or an interception in the loss. 

Warren’s rushing attack accumulated 120 yards on 35 carries. The Bears were led by Venegas’ 11 carries for 44 yards, Sebastian Valencia’s seven carries for 24 yards, Nikko Fierro-Tuala’s seven carries for 24 yards and Ralen Goforth’s six carries for 19 yards.

The Bear receiving corps were led by Jordan Mayes’ three catches for 31 yards and Joseph Vargas’ one catch for 22 yards. The Warren offense was able to move the ball 183 yards.

Warren’s defense was led by Jorge Valderrama’s 10 solo and three assisted tackles, Sirahn Fields’ four solo and six assisted tackles and Donovan Taylor’s five assisted and five solo tackles. 

Coach Lara, his staff and players are still looking to get their first win of the season tonight at home against Lakewood. Warren will travel to St. Paul (2-2) next Friday to play the Swordsmen.   

■ The Warren High School girls’ tennis team currently has a record of 2-1. 

The Bears defeated Millikan at Warren 17-1 on September 1st, were defeated by Schurr at Schurr 11-7 on September 7th and defeated Lakewood at Warren 10-8 on September 8th. The Bears traveled to Whittier on Monday to play the Cardinals in their final preseason match (score unavailable at press time). 

Warren will begin S.G.V.L. play next Tuesday when they travel to Paramount. The Bears will host Gahr next Thursday, will travel to cross-town rival Downey on Friday and will travel to Lynwood on September 29th. 

Once league season starts for the Bears they will play Paramount, Gahr, Downey and Lynwood three times each. Dominguez does not have a girls’ tennis team.

Coach Starksen, her staff and players are looking forward to the start of the 2016 tennis season and S.G.V.L. play.

■ The Warren High School girls’ volleyball team currently has a record of 4-5. 

The Lady Bears were defeated by El Rancho at El Rancho in five sets on September 8th 25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 16-25 and 15-10. Warren was defeated by El Segundo at El Segundo in four sets on Tuesday 25-21, 18-25, 25-23 and 25-17. 

The Lady Bears hosted Valley Christian (2-6) yesterday (score unavailable at press time) and will host Santa Fe next Tuesday. Warren will begin S.G.V.L. play when they travel to Paramount on 9/22. 

The Lady Bears will host Gahr on 9/27, will travel to cross-town rival Downey on 9/29, will host Dominguez on 10/4 and will travel to Lynwood on 10/6. 

Coach Lane, his staff and players are looking forward to the start of S.G.V.L. play.

■ The first rotation of the middle school sports will begin on Monday when Sussman travels to Griffiths and Stauffer travels to Doty. 

The first rotation will feature grade level teams in football and girls’ volleyball. On Wednesday, Griffiths will travel to Stauffer and Doty will travel to Sussman.

On Monday, September 26th, Griffiths will travel to Doty and Stauffer will travel to Sussman. On Wednesday, September  28th, Griffiths will travel to Sussman and Doty will travel to Stauffer.

On Monday, Oct. 3, Sussman will travel to Doty and Stauffer will travel to Griffiths. On Wednesday, October 5th, Doty will travel to Griffiths and Sussman will travel to Stauffer. Whichever team has the best record in their gender and grade level at the end of the six game season will be deemed the city champion. 

Stauffer was the city champion in 8th grade football last season, Doty was the city champion in 7th grade football and Stauffer was the city champion in 6th grade football. Griffiths and Stauffer were city co- champions last season in 8th grade girls’ volleyball and Doty won city championships in 7th and 6th grade girls’ volleyball, respectively.  

■ The DCC football team was defeated by Milken of Los Angeles at Milken last Thursday night 46-38. 

DCC will host Orcutt Academy (2-1) tomorrow night at Downey High School.