Sports Briefs: Downey, Warren ready for annual clash

DOWNEY –  The Downey High School football team defeated Lynwood at Lynwood 35-7 last Friday night. 

With the win, the Vikings improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in S.G.V.L. play while the Knights fell to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in S.G.V.L. play. 

Downey will host cross-town rival Warren tonight in their much anticipated rematch from last year. The Bears defeated Downey last season 23-6 at Warren. 

Warren comes into tonight’s game with an overall record of 0-6-1 and are 0-2 in S.G.V.L. play.
In the Lynwood game, the Vikings took a commanding lead and never looked back. Downey quarterback Trevor Hill completed 12/23 pass attempts for 243 yards with three touchdown passes and one interception. 

The Viking ground game amassed 185 yards on 41 carries with two touchdowns. Emari Demercado had 16 carries for 62 yards and one touchdown and Baraq Ross had 15 carries for 69 yards and one touchdown. 

The Downey receiving corps had 12 receptions for 243 yards and three touchdowns. Christopher Atkins had four receptions for 119 yards and one touchdown, Tony Ramirez had three receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown and Ryder Hawkins had two catches for 34 yards and one touchdown.

The Downey defense was led by Nicholas Whitney’s six solo and three assisted tackles, Noah Skobis’ six solo and two assisted tackles, Josh Cooper’s six solo and one assisted tackles, Brennan Fields’ three solo and four assisted tackles and Ryder Hawkins’ three solo and four assisted tackles.

Downey will host a currently undefeated Gahr (7-0, 2-0) team next week. The Gladiators are hosting Paramount tonight. 

■ The Warren High School football team was defeated by Gahr at Warren 21-7 last Friday night. 

With the loss, the Bears fell to 0-6-1 overall and 0-2 in S.G.V.L. play. With the win, the Gladiators improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in S.G.V.L. play. 

In the Gahr game, the Gladiators scored first and led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Warren did score a touchdown and converted the extra point in the second quarter but Gahr added two more touchdowns, with the conversions, to take a 21-7 lead into the locker rooms at halftime. 

The two teams exchanged the ball and field position in the second half with neither team managing to get into the endzone. The score remained 21-7 and that was the final score.
Bear quarterback Chris Venegas completed 4/14 pass attempts for 34 yards with one touchdown pass and three interceptions. 

The Bear ground game accumulated 222 yards on 45 carries. Nikko Fierro-Tuala carried the ball 13 times for 93 yards, Sebastian Valencia carried the ball 12 times for 58 yards and Jordan Mayes carried the ball 12 times for 41 yards. 

The Warren receiving corps had 4 receptions for 34 yards and one touchdown. Jordan Mayes had two catches for 20 yards and one touchdown, Robbie Colenzo had one reception for seven yards and Nikko Fierro-Tuala had one reception for seven yards.

Warren will host Dominguez next week. Dominguez is currently 1-6 overall and 0-2 in S.G.V.L. play. Dominguez defeated Warren 47-19 last season. 

■ The Warren High School girls’ tennis team currently has an overall record of 11-4 and are 9-2 in San Gabriel Valley League play. 

The Bears defeated Lynwood 15-3 on Oct. 11, defeated Paramount 14-4 on Oct. 13 and defeated Gahr 16-2 on Oct. 14. The only two league losses have come to cross-town rival Downey. 

As it stands now, Downey will be the top S.G.V.L. seed and Warren will be the second seed.
Warren was defeated by Downey at Downey 10-8 on Sept. 23 and again 9-9 (on criteria) at Warren on Oct. 6. The second win for Downey virtually clinched the S.G.V.L. title. 

The two teams played again on Tuesday at Downey in their third and final regular season scheduled match and Warren came away with the nail-biting, 10-8 win. The two teams battled each other for every point and some high level tennis was played. 

Warren will travel to Lynwood later today for their match against Lynwood. Today’s match against Lynwood will conclude Warren’s regular season schedule. The Bears defeated the Lady Knights 15-3 on Sept. 29 and again 15-4 on Oct. 11. 

The C.I.F. girls’ tennis playoff brackets will be released this weekend. Coach Starksen, her staff and players are looking forward to finishing league play on a high note and continuing on into postseason play.   

Doty Middle School's eighth grade volleyball champions.

Doty Middle School's eighth grade volleyball champions.

■ The first rotation of middle school sports has concluded and several city championships were claimed. 

Football and girls’ volleyball had six different grade level and gender teams competing. Doty claimed three outright city championships and a co-championship, Sussman claimed one, Stauffer claimed one and Griffiths claimed a co-championship. 

The Knights were city champions in 7th grade football, 8th grade girls’ volleyball, 7th grade girls’ volleyball and earned a co-championship with Griffiths in sixth grade girls’ volleyball. 
Sussman claimed a city championship in 8th grade football, Stauffer claimed a city championship in 6th grade football and Griffiths claimed a co-championship with Doty in 6th grade girls’ volleyball.

In 8th grade football, Sussman finished with a record of 5-0-1, Doty finished with a record of 3-2-1, Stauffer finished with a record of 2-4 and Griffiths finished with a record of 1-5. 

In 7th grade football, Doty finished with a record of 6-0, Stauffer finished with a record of 4-2, Sussman finished with a record of 2-4 and Griffiths finished with a record of 0-6. 

In 6th grade football, Stauffer finished with a record of 5-1, Griffiths finished with a record of 4-2, Sussman finished with a record of 2-4 and Doty finished with a record of 0-6.

In 8th grade girls’ volleyball, Doty finished with a record of 5-1, Sussman finished with a record of 4-2, Griffiths finished with a record of 2-4 and Stauffer finished with a record of 1-5. 

In 7th grade girls’ volleyball, Doty finished with a record of 6-0, Stauffer finished with a record of 3-3, Sussman finished with a record of 2-4 and Griffiths finished with a record of 1-5. 

In 6th grade girls’ volleyball, Doty and Griffiths both finished with a record of 5-1, Sussman finished with a record of 2-4 and Stauffer finished with a record of 0-6.