Vikings shine in 605 all-star game

DOWNEY - The 45th annual 605 All-Star Football Classic was played at Cerritos College last Saturday night and Downey High School was well represented.The West defeated the East 15-14 and leading the charge for the West were Downey Vikings Dallas Lopez and Alex "little Hulk" Martinez. Lopez finished the game with 28 rushing yards and 93 passing yards. None of those yards were more important than the last three. With time running down, Lopez scrambled to his right looking to pass. His receivers were covered and Lopez decided to tuck the ball and get the three yards himself. The ball crossed the plain of the endzone and the referee's arms went straight into the air. Lopez scored on the two point conversion with under a minute left in regulation. Lopez's conversion gave the West their 15-14 victory. Lopez's score was set up by Alex Martinez's run down to the two yard line on the previous play. Martinez finished the game with 62 yards and several of his yards were huge on the final, game winning drive. The East squad scored the first touchdown five minutes into the game. The score remained that way until late in the second quarter when the West finally scored a touchdown with eight seconds left. The extra point was good and the score was tied 7-7 at halftime. The East squad scored the next touchdown in the third quarter when Mayfair standout Jerry Smith scored on a five yard run. The extra point was good and the score at the end of the third quarter was 14-7 East. The score stayed that way until late into the fourth quarter when Lopez and Martinez sealed the win. The West won and made Bellflower Head Coach Derek Brown, who coached the West squad, a winner too.

********** Published: June 07, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 08