Bears’ playoff run ends in CIF quarterfinals

DOWNEY – The Warren High School softball team saw their season come to an end last Tuesday afternoon against West Ranch of Valencia, 14-1.

The Bears were eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs after defeating Chino 14-3 on May 2 in their first-round game and by defeating Sierra Canyon on May 7in their second-round game.

Warren finished their season with an overall record of 15-15 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 6-4. The Bears finished in third place in league play behind eventual league champion Gahr (10-0) and cross-town rival Downey (8-2), respectively.

In the Warren/West Ranch game the score was tied 0-0 after two innings of play. The Bears led 1-0 after scoring a run in the bottom of the third inning. Neither team scored in the fourth inning and the score remained 1-0 Warren heading into the top of the fifth inning.

This is where things began to unravel for the Bears. West Ranch scored eight runs in the top of the fifth inning and Warren was held scoreless. The score was 8-1 after five innings of play.

West Ranch continued their offensive outburst by scoring four more runs in the top of the sixth inning while Warren could not push a run across the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. The score was now 12-1 West Ranch.

The Wildcats added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning and held the Bears scoreless in the bottom of the seventh inning to come away with the 14-1 win.

West Ranch (18-7, 8-2) went on to defeat Woodrow Wilson 9-4 in the semifinal round on May 14th and will now play Crescenta Valley (26-5-1, 14-0) in the C.I.F. Division 3 championship game tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

Coach Starksen, her staff and underclassmen will now turn their attention to next season.


MIDDLE SCHOOL DUAL MEETS: The 2019 middle school track and field season is drawing to a close after three weeks of dual meet competitions has yielded the best athletes from each of Downey’s four middle schools.

The first dual meet took place on April 18th and featured Sussman vs. Griffiths at Downey High School and Doty vs. Stauffer at Warren High School.

At Downey, Sussman defeated Griffiths in 4/6 grade level and gender competitions. The Sussman sixth grade boys defeated Griffiths 57-29, the Sussman seventh grade boys defeated Griffiths 51-31 and the Griffiths eighth grade boys defeated Sussman 49-39.

The Griffiths sixth grade girls defeated Sussman 49-37, the Sussman seventh grade girls defeated Griffiths 61-25 and the Sussman eighth grade girls defeated Griffiths 55-31.

At Warren, Doty defeated Stauffer in 6/6 grade level and gender competitions. The Doty sixth grade boys defeated Stauffer 74-12, the Doty seventh grade boys defeated Stauffer 46-40 and the Doty eighth grade boys defeated Stauffer 69-17.

The Doty sixth grade girls defeated Stauffer 63-23, the Doty seventh grade girls defeated Stauffer 78-8 and the Doty eighth grade girls defeated Stauffer 72-14.

The city of Downey middle school track and field championships will be held at Downey High School later today and six city championships will be claimed.


DUAL MEET NO. 2: The second city of Downey middle school dual meet was held on May 9th and featured Stauffer vs. Sussman at Downey High School and Griffiths vs. Downey at Warren High School.

At Downey High School, Stauffer defeated Sussman in 5/6 grade level and gender competitions. The Stauffer sixth grade boys defeated Sussman 65-21, the Stauffer seventh grade boys defeated Sussman 54-34 and the Stauffer eighth grade boys defeated Sussman 56-30.

The Stauffer sixth grade girls defeated Sussman 62-24, the Stauffer seventh grade girls defeated Sussman 67.5-18.5 and the Sussman eighth grade girls defeated Stauffer 55-31.

At Warren High School, Doty defeated Griffiths in 6/6 grade level and gender competitions. The Doty sixth grade boys defeated Griffiths 82-4, the Doty seventh grade boys defeated Griffiths 65-21 and the Doty eighth grade boys defeated Griffiths 76-10.

The Doty sixth grade girls defeated Griffiths 77-9, the Doty seventh grade girls defeated Griffiths 85.5-.5 and the Doty eighth grade girls defeated Griffiths 63-23.


DUAL MEET NO. 3: The third city of Downey middle school dual meet was held on May 16th and featured Griffiths vs. Stauffer at Warren High School and Doty vs. Sussman at Downey High School. This third dual meet marked the end of dual meet competition and sets the stage for the city of Downey middle school track and field championships.

At Warren High School, Stauffer defeated Griffiths in 5/6 grade level and gender competitions. The Stauffer sixth grade boys defeated Griffiths 60-25, the Stauffer seventh grade boys defeated Griffiths 53-33 and the Stauffer eighth grade boys defeated Griffiths 60-25. The Stauffer sixth grade girls defeated Griffiths 65-21, the Stauffer seventh grade girls defeated Griffiths 61-25 and the Griffiths eighth grade girls defeated Stauffer 53-33.

At Downey High School, Doty defeated Sussman in 6/6 grade level and gender competitions. The Doty sixth grade boys defeated Sussman 80-6, the Doty seventh grade boys defeated Sussman 70-16 and the Doty eighth grade boys defeated Sussman 77-9. The Doty sixth grade girls defeated Sussman 69-17, the Doty seventh grade girls defeated Sussman 82-4 and the Doty eighth grade girls defeated Sussman 53-33.

As the city championships approach, the sixth grade boys’ competition has Doty at 3-0, Stauffer at 2-1, Sussman at 1-2 and Griffiths at 0-3. Sixth grade girls’ competition has Doty at 3-0, Stauffer at 2-1, Griffiths at 1-2 and Sussman at 0-3.

The seventh grade boys’ competition has Doty at 3-0, Stauffer at 2-1, Sussman at 1-2 and Griffiths at 0-3. The seventh grade girls’ competition has Doty at 3-0, Stauffer at 2-1, Sussman at 1-2 and Griffiths at 0-3.

The eighth grade boys’ competition has Doty at 3-0, Stauffer at 2-1, Griffiths at 1-2 and Sussman at 0-3. The eighth grade girls’ competition has Doty at 3-0, Sussman at 2-1, Griffiths at 1-2 and Stauffer at 0-3. The 2019 middle school track and field championships will certainly be exciting. Events should begin at 4 p.m.

Bears advance to CIF quarterfinals with win over Sierra Canyon

DOWNEY – The Warren High School softball team has advanced to the quarterfinal round of the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.

The Bears defeated Chino (21-7-1, 12-3) at Chino 14-3 on May 2, defeated Sierra Canyon (10-9, 5-3) at Warren 5-2 on Tuesday and hosted West Ranch (16-7, 8-2) at Warren yesterday (score unavailable at press time).

In the Chino game, the Bears trailed 2-1 after one inning of play but tied the game at two in the top of the second inning. Chino did not score in the bottom of the second inning so the score was tied at two after two innings of play. Neither team scored in the third inning and the score was tied 2-2 heading into the top of the fourth inning.

Warren came alive in the top of the fourth inning and pushed four runs across the plate. Chino scored one run in the bottom of the fourth inning so Warren led 6-3 after four innings of play. The Bears tacked on five more runs in the top of the fifth inning and held Chino scoreless. Warren took a commanding 11-3 lead into the top of the sixth inning.

The Bears added three more runs in the top of the sixth inning and held Chino to no runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. As per softball rules, the game was over after six innings of play due to the mercy rule.

If Warren defeated West Ranch on Thursday, the Bears will play the winner of the Troy/Woodrow Wilson game next Tuesday.

Coach Starksen, her staff and players are playing their best softball of the season right now when it matters most.


WARREN BASEBALL:
The Warren High School baseball team saw their season come to an end at La Canada (20-7, 10-2,) 2-1, in nine innings on Tuesday in the second round of the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs. Warren defeated Cal High (18-10, 8-4), 10-2, on May 2 to advance to their second-round game.

Warren finished their season with an overall record of 24-8 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 7-3. The Bears finished in a tie for second place with cross-town rival Downey (7-3) in league play but won the second of their two meetings, 5-4 at Warren, on April 11.

In the La Canada game, the score was tied 0-0 after five innings of play. Warren scored a run in the top of the sixth inning and held La Canada scoreless in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Bears did not score in the top of the seventh inning but La Canada pushed a run across in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score at one and force extra innings.

Neither team scored in the eighth inning and the score remained 1-1 after eight innings of play. The Bears could not score a run in the top of the ninth inning but La Canada managed to push the winning run across in the bottom of the ninth inning to get the win, 2-1.

Coach Pearson, his staff and underclassmen will now turn their attention to next season.


DOWNEY SOFTBALL:
The Downey High School girls’ softball team saw their season come to an end on Tuesday afternoon with a 4-0 loss at home against Rio Mesa in the second round of the C.I.F. Division 2 playoffs.

Rio Mesa is the Pacific View League champion and has an overall record 20-5 and a league record of 14-1. The Lady Vikings finished their season with an overall record of 18-15 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 8-2.

Downey defeated South Hills at South Hills 5-0 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 2 playoffs. In that game, Destiny Garcia started the first inning by drawing a walk. She stole second base and advanced to third on an over throw and stole home as the second baseman was trying to bring the ball to the pitcher. The score was 1-0 after this single play and the score remained 1-0 through the first three innings of play.

Hailey Harris went 1-3 with a double that started Downey’s second rally in the fourth inning. Harris scored Downey’s second run and also threw a complete game shutout with 14 strikeouts while only facing 24 batters. Harris gave up one walk, two hits and another batter reached base on an error.

Sara Luna went 1-2 with one walk, two stolen bases and scored one run. Luna bunted for a base hit in the top of the fourth inning that advanced Hailey Harris’ courtesy runner, Marissa Gurrola, to third.

Molly Houts came in for a pinch-hit situation and put down a squeeze bunt that scored one more run and advanced to second base when she saw that no one was covering the bag. Houts eventually scored on Angie Dumlao’s double. Dumlao went 1-3 with a double and an RBI.

Alyssa Porras went 1-3 and scored on Joeie Gallardo’s double in the top of the sixth inning. Gallardo went 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Gallardo also caught a bunt that was popped up to third base. This bunt that was caught turned into a double play as Gallardo threw the ball to second baseman Destiny Garcia, who did the splits to get the runner out who was on first.

This play eventually killed South Hill’s momentum and gave Downey their first-round playoff win.

Coach Garcia, his staff and underclassmen will now turn their attention to next season.


DOWNEY BOYS SWIM:
The Downey High School boys’ swim team saw their season come to an end at the C.I.F. Division 3 swim finals.

The 400-yard freestyle relay of Jose Salazar, Christian Gonzalez, Armando Flores and Tomas Marquez made it to the finals and placed 15th overall. Tomas Marquez was the only swimmer to qualify in an individual event and that was the 200-yard freestyle. Marquez placed 16th overall.


DOWNEY GIRLS LACROSSE:
The Downey High School girls’ lacrosse program will be offering free lacrosse clinics this Saturday, May 11, from 1-3 p.m. and next Saturday, May 18, from 12-2 p.m.

The clinic is open to girls ages 6-11 and will be held on the football field at Downey High School.

Questions for the lacrosse clinics may be directed to head coach Marvin Mires at 310-993-4342 or mmires@dusd.net. Mires can also be contacted at DowneyLacrosse.com, on Twitter at @DowneyLacrosse and on Instagram @DowneyLacrosse.


DOWNEY BOYS SOCCER:
The Downey High School boys’ soccer program will be offering free soccer clinics this Saturday, May 11, from 1-3 p.m. and next Saturday, May 18, from 9-11 a.m.

The clinic is open to boys ages 6-14 and will be held on the football field at Downey High School.

Questions for the soccer clinics may be directed to head coach Marvin Mires at 310-993-4342 or mmires@dusd.net.

Vikings finishing regular season on hot streak

DOWNEY – The Downey High School boys’ volleyball team currently has an overall record of 25-8 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 9-0.

The Vikings defeated cross-town rival Warren at Downey 3-0 on April 2nd, defeated Gahr at Downey 3-0 on April 4th and defeated Paramount at Downey 3-0 on April 9th.

The Vikings defeated Dominguez at Dominguez 3-0 on April 11th, defeated Gahr at Gahr 3-0 on April 12th and defeated Lynwood at Downey 3-0 on April 16th. Downey traveled to Warren last night to face the Bears in their league and regular season finale (score unavailable at press time).

At the time of this writing, Downey is in first place with a record of 9-0, Warren is in second place with a record of 6-2, Paramount is in third place with a record of 4-3, Gahr is in fourth place with a record of 4-5, Lynwood is in fifth place with a record of 1-7 and Dominguez is in sixth place with a record of 0-7.

Coach McCarthy, his staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play on a strong note. C.I.F. playoff brackets will be released soon and postseason action will begin shortly thereafter. Downey competes in C.I.F. Division 2.


WARREN BOYS VOLLEYBALL:
The Warren High School boys’ volleyball team currently has an overall record of 10-7 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 6-2.

Warren was defeated by cross-town rival Downey at Downey 3-0 on April 2nd, defeated Dominguez at Warren 3-0 on April 4th and defeated Lynwood at Warren 3-0 on April 9th.

The Bears were defeated by Paramount at Warren 3-1 on April 11th, defeated Gahr at Gahr 3-1 on April 16th and played Dominguez at Dominguez on April 17th (score unavailable at press time). The Bears played Downey yesterday in their much anticipated rematch, are scheduled to play Saddleback Valley Christian later today and will travel to Dominguez to face the Dons next Tuesday in their regular season finale.

At the time of this writing, Downey is currently in first place in league play with a record of 9-0, Warren is in second place in league play with a record of 6-2, Paramount is in third place in league play with a record of 4-3, Gahr is in fourth place in league play with a record of 4-5, Lynwood is in fifth place in league play with a record of 1-7 and Dominguez is in sixth place in league play with a record of 0-7.

Coach Lane, his staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play on a strong note and qualifying for the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.


TRACK:
The Downey/Warren “Classic” track and field meet took place last Friday evening at Downey High School. Results of the track meet will be in next week’s Patriot.


WARREN BASEBALL: The Warren High School baseball team currently has an overall record of 22-6 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 7-2.

Warren split their annual rivalry series with cross-town rival Downey at one win each. Downey won the first game at Downey 4-2 on April 9th and Warren won the second game at Warren 5-4 on April 11th.

In the home win at Warren, the Bears scored one run in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. The Bears pushed across two more runs in the bottom of the second inning and lead 3-0 after two innings of play. Neither Downey or Warren scored in the third, fourth or fifth innings and the score remained 3-0 heading into the top of the sixth inning.

Downey’s bats came alive in the top of the sixth inning and the Vikings scored four runs to take a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. The Bears did not score in the bottom of the sixth inning and the score remained 4-3 heading into the top of the seventh inning.

The Vikings did not score in the top of the seventh inning and the score was still 4-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Bears pushed two runs across in the bottom of the seventh inning and took the come from behind win, 5-4.

Warren hosted Kennedy of Granada Hills at Warren on Wednesday (score unavailable at press time) and will host Gahr at Warren next Monday and will travel to Gahr next Wednesday to conclude their regular season schedule.

The C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs will begin in two weeks and Coach Pearson, his staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play on a strong note and competing for the S.G.V.L. title.


DOWNEY SOFTBALL:
The Downey High School girls’ softball team currently has an overall record of 13-12 and are 6-1 in San Gabriel Valley League play.

The Lady Vikings were defeated by Gahr at Downey 11-1 on April 9th, defeated Paramount at Downey 16-1 on April 11th and defeated Dominguez at Dominguez 19-0 on April 16th.

Downey hosted Lynwood yesterday (score unavailable at press time), will host Cerritos at Downey tomorrow, will travel to cross-town rival Warren on Monday and will travel to Gahr next Wednesday to conclude their regular season schedule.

At the time of this writing, Gahr is currently in first place in league play with a record of 7-0, Downey is in second place in league play with a record of 6-1, Warren is in third place in league play with a record of 4-2, Paramount is in fourth place in league play with a record of 1-5, Lynwood is in fifth place in league play with a record of 1-6 and Dominguez is in sixth place in league play with a record of 0-5.

Coach Garcia, his staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play on a strong note and competing for a share of the S.G.V.L. title. The Lady Vikings need to beat Warren on Monday and Gahr on Wednesday to make that happen.

C.I.F. playoff brackets will be released next weekend and postseason play will begin a few days later.

Downey has inside track to win league championship

DOWNEY – The Downey High School baseball team currently has an overall record of 12-9-1 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 5-0. The Vikings are currently unbeaten in league play and have earned the inside track to the league title.

In non-league play Downey was defeated by Mayfair at Mayfair 2-1 in eight innings on April 2nd and was defeated by Edison at Edison 2-0 on April 4th.

Downey defeated cross-town rival Warren at Downey 4-2 on April 9th and traveled to Warren yesterday for their highly-anticipated rematch (score unavailable at press time). The Vikings will host Gahr at Downey next Wednesday and will travel to Gahr next Friday to complete this season’s home and away series. Downey will conclude league play when they travel to Paramount on April 22nd and when they host the Pirates at Downey on April 24th.

At the time of this writing, Downey is in first place with a record of 5-0, Warren is in second place with a record of 6-2, Paramount and Gahr are tied for third place with records of 2-1, Dominguez is in fifth place with a record of 0-5 and Lynwood is in sixth place with a record of 0-6.

Coach Gonzalez, his staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play on a strong note and qualifying for the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.


WARREN BASEBALL:
The Warren High School baseball team currently has an overall record of 21-6 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 6-2. The Bears competed in the Santa Ana Elks Tournament March 30th-April 3rd where they finished with a record of 1-3.

Warren was defeated by Loyola of Los Angeles 6-2 in their first game on March 30th, was defeated by Village Christian of Sun Valley 11-2 in their second game on April 1st, was defeated by Villa Park 10-9 in their third game on April 2nd and defeated Northwood of Irvine 9-5 in their fourth and final game on April 3rd.

In league play, the Bears were defeated by cross-town rival Downey at Downey 4-2 on Tuesday and hosted Downey at Warren yesterday in their rematch (score unavailable at press time). Warren is scheduled to play Magnolia at Magnolia tomorrow and will host Kennedy at Warren next Wednesday.

The Bears will conclude their regular season schedule when they host Gahr at Warren on April 22nd and when they travel to Gahr on April 24th. Warren is currently in second place in league play, behind Downey (5-0), respectively.

Coach Pearson, his staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play on a strong note and qualifying for the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.


DOWNEY SOFTBALL:
The Downey High School softball team currently has an overall record of 11-12 and a league record of 4-1.

The Lady Vikings defeated cross-town rival Warren at Downey 10-0 in five innings on April 4. Downey scored two runs in the first inning, no runs in the second inning, one run in the third inning, four runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the fifth inning to clinch the win.

In the Downey/Warren game Lady Viking pitcher Hailey Harris pitched a complete game shutout and recorded seven strikeouts in the win. Destiny Garcia went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI, Harris went 1 for 3 with a walk and 2 RBI and Alyssa Porras had 2 walks with a 2-run homerun. Angelina Dumlao went 1 for 3 with an RBI, Joeie Gallardo went 1 for 3 with an RBI and Ariana Hamilton went 2 for 3 with an RBI.

In non-league play, Downey competed in the Michelle Carew Classic over the past two weekends. The Lady Vikings were 0-2 in their first two games last weekend and were defeated by Murrieta Mesa 3-1 at 11:00 a.m. on April 5th and defeated Poway 5-1 at 5:30 p.m. on the same day. The Lady Vikings were then defeated by Buena 9-8 at 1:00 p.m. in their fifth and final game on April 6th. Downey finished the Carew Classic with a record of 1-4.

Gahr is currently first in league play with a record of 4-0, Downey is second in league play with a record of 4-1, Warren is third in league play with a record of 2-2, Paramount is fourth in league play with a record of 1-2, Lynwood is fifth in league play with a record of 1-4 and Dominguez is sixth in league play with a record of 0-3. Coach Garcia, his staff and players need to defeat Gahr at Gahr on April 24th to clinch at least a share of the S.G.V.L. title.


WARREN SOFTBALL:
The Warren High School softball team currently has an overall record of 9-10 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 2-2. The Bears competed in the La Mirada Tournament, which took place over two weekends, and finished with a record of 2-2.

Warren was defeated by Cajon of San Bernardino 6-2 in their first game on March 23rd, defeated Diamond Ranch of Pomona 7-6 in eight innings in their second game, also on March 23rd, defeated Millikan 5-3 in their third game on March 30th and was defeated by Chino 3-1 in their fourth and final game, also on March 30th.

In league play, Warren was defeated by Gahr at Warren 7-3 on April 2nd and was defeated by cross-town rival Downey at Downey 10-0 on April 4th. The Bears will host Lynwood at Warren on April 11th, will host Paramount at Warren on April 6th, will travel to Gahr on April 18th and will host Downey at Warren on April 22nd.

In non-league play, Warren is currently competing in the Thousand Oaks Tournament April 6th and 13th. Warren defeated Agoura 10-4 at 11:00 a.m. in their first game on April 6th and was defeated by Thousand Oaks 4-2 at 1:00 p.m. in their second game, also on April 6th.

The Bears are scheduled to play Royal at 12:00 p.m. in their third game and a “to be determined” opponent in their fourth and final game of the Thousand Oaks Tournament tomorrow. Coach Starksen, her staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play on a strong note and qualifying for the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.

Warren golfers beat Downey in rivalry match

DOWNEY – The Warren High School boys’ golf team defeated cross-town rival Downey Tuesday afternoon 219-231.

Warren was led by David Gutierrez’s 40, Vincent Quintero’s 43, Johan Ayala’s 43, Jesse Castillo’s 46 and Joseph Ramirez’s 47.

The Bears’ sixth golfer, Reagan Cardoza, finished with a score of 51.

In high school golf, the five lowest scores are used to determine the winner.

Coach Schmid, her staff and players are pleased with the win against Downey and are now looking forward to finishing off their season on a strong note and qualifying for postseason play.


WARREN BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Warren High School boys’ volleyball team currently has an overall record of 7-6 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 3-1.

The Bears defeated Lynwood at Lynwood 3-0 on March 20th, defeated Paramount at Paramount 3-1 on March 26th, defeated Gahr at Warren 3-1 on March 28th and were defeated by cross-town rival Downey at Downey 3-0 on April 2nd.

The Bears hosted Dominguez at Warren yesterday (score unavailable at press time).

Warren is scheduled to host Lynwood at Warren next Tuesday, April 9th, and will host Paramount at Warren next Thursday, April 11.

Coach Lane, his staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play on a strong note and qualifying for the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.


DOWNEY SOFTBALL
: The Downey High School softball team currently has an overall record of 9-7 and are 3-0 in San Gabriel Valley League play.

The Lady Vikings defeated Paramount at Paramount 10-4 on March 26th, defeated Dominguez at Dominguez 17-0 on March 28th and defeated Lynwood at Lynwood 20-0 on April 2nd.

In non-league play, the Lady Vikings defeated San Clemente 12-2 and defeated Sunny Hills 5-4, also on March 30th. Downey will compete in the Michelle Carew Classic this weekend where they will play Canyon of Anaheim at 1:00 p.m. and Cathedral Canyon of San Diego at 5:15 p.m. The Carew Classic will continue next weekend against “to be determined” opponents based on ongoing tournament results.

Downey will host Gahr at Downey on April 9th, will host Paramount at Downey on April 11 and will travel to Dominguez to play the Lady Dons on April 16. Coach Garcia, his staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play on a strong note and qualifying for postseason play.

The Lady Vikings were co-champions with Gahr (9-1) last season. Gahr is currently ranked 32nd in California, Downey is ranked 111th and Warren is ranked 171st. All three teams are looking to earn a piece of the S.G.V.L. title.


DOWNEY BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Downey High School boys’ volleyball team currently has an overall record of 20-8 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 4-0.

The Vikings recently competed in the Yorba Linda Tournament March 29th and 30th where they finished with a record of 3-2. The Vikings were defeated by Shadow Ridge of Las Vegas 2-1 on March 29th at 3:00 p.m., defeated Classical Academy of Escondido 2-1 on March 29th at 4:00 p.m. and defeated Paloma Valley of Menifee 2-0 on March 29th at 8:00 p.m.

The Vikings defeated Yorba Linda 2-1 on March 30th at 10:00 a.m. and were defeated by Arbor View of Las Vegas 2-0, also on March 30th. In league play, the Vikings defeated cross town rival Warren at Downey 3-0 on Tuesday, April 2nd, and hosted Gahr at Downey yesterday (score unavailable at press time).

With the win against Warren on Tuesday, Downey now has the inside track to another league title.

The Vikings will host Paramount at Downey on April 9th, will travel to Dominguez to face the Dons on April 11th, will travel to Gahr to face the Gladiators on April 12th, will host Lynwood at Downey on April 16th and will travel to Warren on April 18th to conclude their regular season schedule.


WARREN SOFTBALL: The Warren High School softball team currently has an overall record of 8-8 and are 2-1 in San Gabriel Valley League play.

The Bears recently competed in the La Mirada Tournament where they went 2-2 over two weekends.

Warren was defeated by Cajon of San Bernardino 6-2 at 9:00 a.m. in their first game and defeated Diamond Ranch of Pomona 6-5 at 1:00 p.m. in their second game, also on March 23rd. The Bears defeated Millikan 5-3 in their third game and were defeated by Chino 4-1 in their fourth and final game, also on March 30th.

In league play, Warren defeated Lynwood at Lynwood 25-2 on March 26th, defeated Paramount at Paramount 16-6 on March 28th and were defeated by Gahr at Warren 7-3 on Tuesday. Warren traveled to cross-town rival Downey yesterday for the first of their two scheduled league games (score unavailable at press time) and will host Dominguez at Warren next Tuesday.

The Bears will participate in the Thousand Oaks Tournament this weekend and next weekend where they will play Agoura in their first game tomorrow. Warren will resume the Thousand Oaks Tournament next weekend against opponents “to be determined” based on ongoing tournament results.

Vikings stay undefeated despite step up in competition

DOWNEY – The Downey High School boys’ swim team currently has an overall record of 4-0.

The Vikings defeated Cal, 130-40, on February 19th, defeated Ocean View, 116-37, on February 21st, defeated Lakewood, 133-35, on February 26th and defeated Santa Fe, 123-46, on February 28th. The Vikings have picked up right where they left off last season.

The Vikings have been led by returning seniors Nathan Lopez, Christian Gonzalez, Jesus Murguia, and Jose Salazar. New senior additions of Adrian Buenrostro and Jason Camacho are contributing as are juniors David Tonne, Adrian Caballero and Nathan Amador. Sophomores Tomas Marquez and Armando Flores are stepping up as is freshmen Jose Jaime.

Coach Delhousay, his staff and swimmers are all looking forward to a competitive season with non-league meets against the La Serna Lancers on March 7th (results unavailable at press time) and the Cerritos Dons next Wednesday.

San Gabriel Valley League play will begin next Tuesday against Gahr. Downey is looking to win the S.G.V.L. title for the 8th straight time and according to Coach Delhousay, “this senior group looks to go out on top.”

The Vikings have been moved up to Division III this season at CIF after two successful years in Division IV, where the Vikings finished in fourth place and second place the last two seasons, respectively. Coach Delhousay concluded by saying, “the level of competition will improve greatly, hopefully helping our guys to swim even faster this season.”


DOWNEY BOYS VOLLEYBALL:
The Downey High School boys’ volleyball team currently has an overall record of 6-3 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Paramount to play the Pirates on Thursday, March 21st.

The Vikings were defeated by La Serna at La Serna 3-0 on February 20th in their season opener and competed in the Redondo Union Tournament February 22nd and 23rd where they finished with a record of 4-2. Downey defeated Lakewood 2-0 on February 22nd, defeated Torrance 2-0 on February 22nd and were defeated by San Marcos 2-0, also on February 22nd.

The Vikings were defeated by Newbury Park 2-0 on February 23rd, defeated Calabasas 2-0 on February 23rd and defeated Thousand Oaks 2-0, also on February 23rd. Downey defeated Claremont at Downey 3-0 on February 28th.

The Vikings traveled to La Palma Kennedy on Wednesday for their match against the Fighting Irish (score unavailable at press time). The Vikings are also scheduled to play Norwalk at Downey on March 13th and will travel to El Dorado on March 19th for their final preseason game.

Downey finished last season with an overall record of 26-5-1 and were 10-0 in S.G.V.L. play. The Vikings are the defending C.I.F. Division 3 champion after they defeated Tustin in the championship final 25-23, 22-25, 25-17 and 25-23. Coach McCarthy, his staff and players are all looking forward to the 2019 volleyball season.


WARREN BOYS VOLLEYBALL: The Warren High School boys’ volleyball team currently has an overall record of 2-5 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they host the Lynwood Knights at Warren on Thursday, March 21st.

The Bears defeated Bellflower at Warren 3-0 in their league opener on February 19th and competed in the Redondo Union Tournament where they finished with a record of 1-4. The Bears defeated Carson 2-1 on February 22nd, were defeated by Thousand Oaks 2-1 on February 22nd and were defeated by Los Alamitos 2-0, also on February 22nd.

Warren was defeated by South Torrance 2-1 on February 23rd and was defeated by Lakewood 2-0, also on February 23rd. The Bears were defeated by St. John Bosco at St. John Bosco 3-1 on Tuesday night. Warren traveled to Santa Fe to play the Chiefs yesterday and will host the Norwalk Lancers next Tuesday in their final preseason game.

Warren finished last season with an overall record of 17-6 and were 8-2 in league play. The Bears finished in second place in league play behind cross-town rival Downey, respectively. Warren was defeated by Arroyo Grande 3-1 in the second round of the C.I.F. Division 2 playoffs. Coach Lane, his staff and players are all looking forward to the 2019 volleyball season.


WARREN BASEBALL:
The Warren High School baseball team currently has an overall record of 9-1 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they host Paramount at Warren next Monday. The Bears are currently competing in the Poly Classic where they have a record of 3-0.

Warren defeated Bell 4-0 on February 27th, defeated South Gate 11-0 on March 1st, defeated Roosevelt 6-0 on March 5th and played Poly of Sun Valley on Wednesday (score unavailable at press time). The Bears will play a doubleheader at Hoover tomorrow. The first game is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and the second game is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

Coach Pearson, his staff and players are all looking forward to the 2019 baseball season and competing for a S.G.V.L. championship and playoff birth. Gahr and cross-town rival Downey will once again be the teams to beat in league play.


WARREN SOFTBALL:
The Warren High School softball team currently has an overall record of 4-3 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Lynwood on March 26th. The Bears were defeated by Mayfair at Warren 7-5 on February 28th and were defeated by La Serna at La Serna 7-1 on March 5th.

Warren is scheduled to play La Palma Kennedy at La Palma Kenney on March 19th and will also compete in the La Mirada Tournament on March 23rd and 30th. Coach Starksen, her staff and players are all looking forward to the 2019 softball season and qualifying for postseason play. Gahr and cross-town rival Downey will once again be the teams to beat in league play.

Bears off to hot start in preseason softball

DOWNEY – The Warren High School softball team currently has an overall record of 4-1 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Lynwood to play the Lady Knights on March 26th.

The Bears will travel to Downey on April 4th for the first of their two cross-town rivalry games and will then host Downey on April 22nd to complete this year’s away and home series.

The Bears were defeated by La Mirada in the Savanna Showcase at La Mirada 3-2 in 8 innings on February 9th and then defeated Villa Park 6-0 on February 12th. Warren defeated Santa Fe at Santa Fe 3-2 in 8 innings on February 19th and defeated La Serna 4-0 and Culver City 6-4 in a doubleheader on February 22nd.

The Bears finished the Savanna Showcase Tournament with a record of 4-1. Warren played Mayfair at Warren yesterday (score unavailable at press time).

The Bears are scheduled to play at La Serna next Tuesday and will travel to La Palma Kennedy on March 19th for a doubleheader against the Fighting Irish before they start league play.

Warren finished last season with an overall record of 17-13 and were 6-4 in league play. The Bears were defeated by South Hills at South Hills 4-3 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 2 playoffs. Coach Starksen, her staff and players are all looking forward to softball season.

Gahr and cross-town rival Downey will once again be the teams to beat in league play.


DOWNEY SOFTBALL: The Downey High School softball team currently has an overall record of 0-2 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Paramount to play the Lady Pirates on March 26th.

Downey was defeated by Lakewood at Lakewood in a doubleheader on February 19th 12-0 in the first game and 4-0 in the second game. The Lady Vikings also hosted South Torrance at Downey yesterday (score unavailable at press time).

Downey will be competing in the Best of the West Tournament tomorrow where they will play Murrieta Valley at 9:30 a.m. in their first game and will then play San Marcos at 1:30 p.m. in their second game. The Lady Vikings will then travel to Esperanza next Tuesday to play the Lady Aztecs.

Downey is also scheduled to compete in Bullhead City next week with games scheduled on March 7th, 8th and 9th. Coach Garcia, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2019 softball season.

Downey finished last season with an overall record of 24-7 and was the S.G.V.L. co-champion with Gahr, respectively. The Lady Vikings were defeated by San Dimas 2-1 in the second round of the Division 4 playoffs. Gahr and cross-town rival Warren will once again be the teams to beat in league play.


DOWNEY BASEBALL: The Downey High School baseball team currently has an overall record of 1-6 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they host Dominguez at Downey on March 11th.

The Vikings were defeated by Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Cantwell-Sacred Heart 7-2 on February 11th in their season opener. Downey also competed in the Loara Tournament February 12th-23rd. The Vikings were defeated by Cypress 8-5 in 8 innings on February 12th, were defeated by Villa Park 4-0 on February 18th and were defeated by El Modena at El Modena 2-1 in 10 innings on February 19th.

Downey was defeated by Pacifica at Pacifica 1-0 on February 21st and was defeated by San Clemente at San Clemente 4-3 on February 23rd. The Vikings finished the Loara Tournament with a record of 0-5.

Downey defeated Narbonne 5-0 on February 25th in their first game of the Downey Tournament and hosted Long Beach Poly yesterday in the same tournament (score unavailable at press time). The Vikings will host Glenn later today.

Coach Gonzalez, his staff and players are all looking forward to the 2019 baseball season. Downey finished last season with an overall record of 17-14 and were 8-2 in league play. The Vikings were defeated by Santa Fe at Santa Fe 8-4 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.


WARREN BASEBALL:
The Warren High School baseball team currently has an overall record of 6-1 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they host Paramount at Warren on March 11th.

Warren split a doubleheader against Troy at Warren on February 12th. The Bears won the first game 5-3 but were defeated in the second game 8-7. Warren competed in the Newport Elks Tournament February 14th-21st where they finished with a record of 3-0. The Bears defeated Santa Ana Valley 24-0 on February 14th, defeated Estancia 13-2 on February 18th and defeated Santa Ana 7-0 on February 21st.

Warren defeated Nogales at Warren 10-0 on February 22nd and defeated El Rancho 8-0 on February 25th in non-tournament play. Warren is currently competing in the Long Beach Poly Classic where they played Bell on Wednesday (score unavailable at press time) and will play South Gate later today. The Bears are also scheduled to play a doubleheader against Hoover of Glendale tomorrow at Hoover. The first game is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and the second game is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

Warren finished last season with an overall record of 20-9 and were 7-3 in league play. The Bears were eliminated in the wildcard round of the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs by Bellflower at Warren 1-0. Coach Pearson, his staff and players are all looking forward to the 2019 baseball season.

Vikings’ season finishes early in 1-0 nailbiter

DOWNEY – The Downey High School girls’ soccer team saw their season come to an end last Saturday night against Flintridge Sacred Heart at Downey 1-0 (2 OT).

The Lady Tologs scored the game’s lone goal in the second overtime period and the Lady Vikings couldn’t find the equalizer.

Flintridge Sacred Heart (11-4-3) advanced to the C.I.F. Division 3 championship game where they will play Oak Hills (21-2-2). Oak Hills defeated Culver City 1-0 on February 16th to advance to the final. The C.I.F. Division 3 championship game is scheduled for tomorrow night at 5 p.m. at St. Francis High School in Flintridge.

Downey defeated West Ranch at Downey 2-1 on February 6th in their first-round game, defeated Bishop Montgomery at Bishop Montgomery 1-0 on February 8th in their second-round game and defeated Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 1-0 on February 12th in their quarterfinal round game. The Lady Vikings were then defeated in the semifinal round against Flintridge Sacred Heart at Downey 1-0 on February 16th.

Downey finished their season with an overall record of 17-6-5 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 8-1-1. The Lady Vikings finished league play in second place behind S.G.V.L. champion Warren (9-0-1). Coach Aguiniga, his staff and underclassmen will now turn their attention towards reloading for next season.


WARREN GIRLS BASKETBALL
: The Warren High School girls’ basketball team has seen their season come to an end.

The Lady Bears were defeated by Rolling Hills Prep 57-26 on February 13th in the quarterfinal round of the C.I.F. Division 2AA playoffs. Warren defeated St. Paul 52-41 on February 7th in the first round to advance and defeated Los Altos 46-45 on February 9th in the second round to advance to the quarterfinal round.

Rolling Hills Prep defeated Roosevelt 47-45 in the semifinal round on February 15th to advance to the title game against Orange Lutheran tomorrow. Orange Lutheran defeated Village Christian 44-31, also on February 15th, to advance to the title game. The C.I.F. Division 2AA championship game will be played tomorrow.

The Lady Bears finished their season with an overall record of 12-15 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 5-5. Coach Palmer, her staff and 11 underclassmen will now turn their attention towards next season.


WARREN BOYS BASKETBALL:
The Warren High School boys’ basketball team concluded its season when the Bears were defeated by Santa Clarita Christian 96-63 on February 14th in the quarterfinal round of the C.I.F. Division 3AA playoffs.

Warren defeated Valley Christian 61-46 on February 8th in the first round to advance and defeated La Habra 50-45 on February 12th in the second round to advance to the quarterfinal round.

Santa Clarita Christian defeated Highland 52-50 in the semifinal round on February 16th to advance to the title game against Rolling Hills Prep tomorrow. Rolling Hills Prep defeated Oxnard 64-46, also on February 16th, to advance to the title game. The C.I.F. Division 3AA championship game will also be played tomorrow.

The Bears finished their season with an overall record of 20-7 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 8-2. Coach Leflore, his staff and 10 underclassmen will now turn their attention towards next season.


BOSCO WRESTLING:
The St. John Bosco wrestling team finished in second place at the C.I.F. Southern Section Master’s Meet held at Cerritos College last weekend. The Braves will be sending eight wrestlers to compete at the state meet in Bakersfield this weekend.

At the Master’s Meet, Servite finished in first place with 185 points, St. John Bosco finished in second place with 175.5 points, Temecula Valley finished in third place with 109 points, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel finished in fourth place with 97 points and Bishop Amat finished in fifth place with 93.5 points to round out the top five finishers, respectively.

Northview finished in sixth place with 93 points, Esperanza and San Marino finished in a tie for seventh place with 77.5 points, Palm Desert finished in ninth place with 73.5 points and Fountain Valley finished in tenth place with 71.5 points to round out the top ten.

St. John Bosco had several placers place at the Master’s Meet. Antonio Lorenzo (120) finished first by defeating Richard Castro-Sandoval of Santa Ynez 11-1. Timothy Levine (132) finished fifth after he defeated Sunny Luna of Victor Valley via forfeit and Oscar Arrand (138) finished seventh after he defeated Isaac Samano of Don Lugo 5-2.

Cael Valencia (145) finished first after he defeated Luka Wick of San Marino 5-3 and Sonny Santiago (152) finished second after he was defeated by Troy Mantanona of Palm Desert via pin at the 3:57 mark of the second period. Louis Rojas (160) finished second after he was defeated by Max Wilner of Fountain Valley 11-3, Miguel Beltran (170) finished ninth after he defeated Ndifor Tabulkum of Roosevelt 7-1 and Nathan Haas (182) finished first after he defeated Nico Hanessian of Simi Valley 13-2.

Downey’s Matthew Morales (132) placed 11th after he defeated Jacob Fuerte of Hillcrest. Morales did not qualify for the state meet because only the top nine wrestlers in each weight class move on. Warren’s Salvador Alvarez (120) and Carlos Durazo (160) both qualified for the Master’s Meet but did not place.


MIDDLE SCHOOLS:
The fourth rotation of middle school sports is scheduled to start on Monday, February 25th.

Boys’ baseball and girls’ softball will be featured and four more city championships will be up for grabs. There will be a varsity and junior varsity baseball team as well as a varsity and junior varsity softball team from each of the four schools competing.

During the first week of competition Doty and Sussman will play a home and away series and Griffiths and Stauffer will play a home and away series. During the second week of competition Doty and Griffiths will play a home and away series and Stauffer and Sussman will play a home and away series.

In the third and final week of competition Doty and Stauffer will play a home and away series and Griffiths and Sussman will play a home and away series. A total of six games will be played by each team to determine a city champion. Last season, Griffiths won both varsity and junior varsity baseball as well as girls’ varsity softball while Doty won girls’ junior varsity softball.

Doty currently has 7 city championships, Griffiths has 5.5 city championships, Stauffer has 4 city championships and Sussman has 2.5 city championships. The fifth and final rotation of middle school sports will feature track and field where six more city championships will be up for grabs. Doty has currently won five straight Champions Cup trophies and looks to add a sixth.

Downey soccer readies for start of postseason

DOWNEY – The Downey High School boys’ soccer team currently has an overall record of 16-4-4 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 6-0-2. The Vikings tied Lynwood at Downey 1-1 (2OT) on January 24th, defeated Dominguez at Downey 6-0 on January 26th and defeated Warren at Downey 2-0 on January 28th.

The Vikings played Gahr at Gahr on Wednesday and concluded their regular season schedule when they traveled to Paramount yesterday (scores unavailable at press time). The game against Paramount yesterday was for the league championship.

At the time of this writing, Paramount is 7-0-1 and in first place in league play, Downey is 6-0-2 and in second place, Lynwood is 6-2-1 and in third place, Warren is 3-6 and in fourth place, Dominguez is 2-7 and in fifth place and Gahr is 0-9 and in sixth place.

The Vikings have qualified for C.I.F. postseason play and will wait for the C.I.F. Division 1 playoff bracket to be released this weekend. Coach Mires, his staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play on a strong note and making another deep run in the playoffs.


DOWNEY GIRLS SOCCER:
The Downey High School girls’ soccer team currently has an overall record of 13-5-5 and a San Gabriel Valley League of 7-1-1.

The Lady Vikings defeated Lynwood at Lynwood 4-0 on January 24th, defeated Paramount at Paramount 7-1 on January 26th and tied Warren at Downey 1-1 (2OT) on Tuesday night. Downey hosted Gahr at Downey on Wednesday night in their league finale (score unavailable at press time).

The Lady Vikings have qualified for C.I.F. Division 3 postseason play and will find out who and where they play this weekend. Coach Aguiniga, his staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play on a strong note and making a nice run in postseason play.


DOWNEY BOYS BASKETBALL:
The Downey High School boys’ basketball team currently has an overall record of 20-8 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 5-4. The Vikings defeated Dominguez at Dominguez 45-44 on January 23rd, were defeated by Lynwood at Downey 63-62 on January 25th and were defeated by Warren at Warren 57-55 on Tuesday night.

Downey closed out their regular season schedule yesterday against Gahr at Gahr (score unavailable at press time). At the time of this writing, Warren is in first place in league play with a record of 7-2, Downey is in second place with a record of 5-4, Dominguez is tied for third place with Lynwood and Gahr with records of 4-5 and Paramount is in sixth place with a record of 3-6.

Coach Shelton, his staff and players are all looking to finish league play on a strong note. The Vikings have already qualified for postseason play and will see who they play in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 3AA playoffs this weekend when brackets are posted.


DOWNEY GIRLS BASKETBALL:
The Downey High School girls’ basketball team currently has an overall record of 21-6 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 8-1. The Lady Vikings defeated Dominguez at Dominguez 49-43 on January 23rd, defeated Lynwood at Downey 65-39 on January 25th and were defeated by Troy at Troy 47-28 on January 26th in non-league play.

The Lady Vikings defeated Warren at Warren 63-48 on Tuesday and closed out their regular season schedule yesterday against Gahr at Gahr (score unavailable at press time). The Lady Vikings have already qualified for postseason play and will now wait for the C.I.F. Division 1 playoff brackets to be released this weekend.


WARREN BOYS BASKETBALL:
The Warren High School boys’ basketball team currently has an overall record of 17-6 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 7-2.

The Bears defeated Paramount at Warren 94-60 on January 23rd, defeated Gahr at Gahr 75-63 on January 25th and defeated cross-town rival Downey at Warren 57-55 on Tuesday night. The Bears concluded their regular season schedule yesterday when they traveled to Dominguez (score unavailable at press time).

Warren has already qualified for postseason play and will find out who they play this weekend. Coach Leflore, his staff and players are all looking forward to finishing league play on a strong note and making a deep run in the C.I.F. Division 3AA playoffs.


WARREN GIRLS BASKETBALL:
The Warren High School girls’ basketball team currently has an overall record of 10-13 and a San Gabriel Valley League record of 5-4. The Lady Bears defeated Paramount at Warren 71-34 on January 23rd, defeated Gahr at Warren 60-43 on January 25th and were defeated by Downey at Warren 63-48 on Tuesday. Warren concluded their regular season yesterday when they traveled to Dominguez (score unavailable at press time).

At the time of this writing, Downey and Lynwood are tied for first place in league play with records of 8-1, Warren is in third place with a record of 5-4, Dominguez is in fourth place with a record of 4-5, Gahr is in fifth place with a record of 2-7 and Paramount is in sixth place with a record of 0-9.

Warren will find out who and where they play this weekend in the C.I.F. Division 2AA playoffs. A win against Dominguez yesterday would certainly help the Bears in regards to who they play in the first round.

Can the Rams' offense overcome Brady's greatness?

The Los Angeles Rams are heading to Atlanta to face off with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 53 as -2.5 point underdogs, according to Vegas.

Although it seems like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are in every year, it is the first time in over three decades that Los Angeles has a team in the big game. Flashback to just three years ago-- Los Angelenos didn’t even have a football team to root for, let alone two playoff teams.

But we are back baby!

It is easy to dismiss the emerging Rams by saying this will be a lop-sided advantage for the seasoned Patriots, who have utterly dominated the playoffs for nearly two decades, but according to the ‘Madden 19’ simulation, the Rams are going to edge New England, 30-27.

The simulation has a proven track record and has been impressively accurate over the years. It has predicted 10 of the last 15 Super Bowl Champs and has even accurately predicted the final scores twice since they began doing the simulation in 2004.

But in order for the Rams to reign victorious and host a championship parade in LA, they will need to put together four good quarters of football and maybe even overtime.

Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald

They need to look like they did in the second half against the Saints in the NFC Championship for the entirety of the game if they want to beat Belichick and company, though according to the EA Sports simulation, they will have to rally to come back from a 17-3 halftime deficit.

In reality, the Rams will obviously need a great game out of Goff and Gurley, both, to stand a fighting chance on offense, while Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh will need to push the pocket into Brady’s comfort zone quickly and often.

The game will be won in the trenches and very much depends on the Rams offensive and defensive lines.

If LA’s big men are beat at the point of attack and can not get a push, it will certainly be a long day for Sean McVay and his coaching staff.

For Brady, this will be his unprecedented 40th playoff start and his chance at winning his sixth ring. He threw his first playoff touchdown pass 17 years ago against the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl 36 when he won his first ship.

It seems as though Brady just keeps getting better with age. He has won 11 playoff games in the last five seasons alone and has more playoff wins under his belt than some NFL franchises.

I believe the Rams will need to put up more than 30 points to beat these guys. I predict a Patriot win, unless the Rams can put up 35 or more points.