DOWNEY - The Downey High School football team defeated Mayfair on the road last week, 30-20, to earn their first win of the season.The Vikings were led by two quarterbacks and two running backs. Junior Conor Hill and sophomore Jorge Reyna both played quarterback for the Vikings and junior Eric Carillo and sophomore Justin Huff both carried the ball from the running back position. While Carillo took the majority of the handoffs in the first half, Huff wore down the Monsoon defense in the second half by finishing with 20 carries for 125 yards and all four Viking rushing touchdowns. The game was close for three quarters until the Vikings finally pulled away in the fourth quarter. Mayfair took an early lead at 7-0 on a 6 yard touchdown pass from Christian Woo to Aaron Minor and the extra point was good. Downey answered right back on a six yard run by Huff, converted the extra point attempt and the score was tied 7-7. Mayfair took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter after Woo found Alex Ploum for a 23 yard score and the extra point was good. Downey closed the margin to 14-9 when the Vikings earned a safety after Woo tried to avoid an endzone sack with an intentional grounding call. The score at halftime was 14-9. Downey scored first in the third quarter and pulled ahead 16-14 on a 39 yard run by Huff. The extra point was good. Mayfair answered the Viking score on an 83 yard strike from Woo to Minor. The two point conversion was unsuccessful and Mayfair took the lead back 20-16 at the 4:23 mark of the third quarter. Mayfair held this same lead as the third quarter came to a close. Downey did not waste any time scoring as the fourth quarter began. Huff scored his third touchdown of the evening with a three yard run on the fourth play from scrimmage. The extra point was good and the score now stood at 23-20. The Vikings put the game away after a Mayfair long field goal attempt was missed. Downey then proceeded to chew on the clock for several minutes as Huff scored his fourth and final touchdown on a 2 yard run. The extra point was good and Downey sealed the 30-20 win. Downey (1-0) will play La Serna (1-0), who also won their season opener, Friday at Downey.
********** Published: August 30, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 20