Vikings to host playoff opener

DOWNEY - The Downey High School football team finished its regular season with a 31-26 win against Lynwood at Lynwood last Friday night to earn a share of the San Gabriel Valley League championship.Downey will play host to the Hacienda League No. 3 seed Rowland Raiders in a C.I.F. Southeast Division first round playoff game Friday night. The Vikings' overall regular season record concludes at 7-3 and league record at 4-1. Downey is now going into the third and most important season, the post-season, where their current record is 0-0. With Paramount losing last Friday night against Dominguez 21-13, history has indeed repeated itself. The Vikings have finished in a three-way tie for a tri-championship of the San Gabriel Valley League with Dominguez and Paramount, respectively. The Lynwood Knights fell to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in league play. The Lynwood Knights' football season is now over. Shortly after the Viking win Friday night, head coach Jack Williams successfully won a coin toss that gave Downey the number one San Gabriel Valley League seed. The Dons secured the second league seed and Paramount ended up with the third seed. Last year, Paramount was the first league seed, Downey was the second league seed and Dominguez was the third league seed. As for the Downey-Lynwood game, Viking quarterback Jorge Reyna completed 7/11 passes for 77 yards and one touchdown. The Viking ground game amassed 383 yards on 47 carries. Eric Carrillo led the Viking ground game with 159 yards on 21 carries, Justin Huff had 103 yards on 10 carries, Jorge Reyna had 97 yards on 10 carries, Jeremy Villa had 14 yards on two carries, Robert Salazar had two yards on two carries, Matthew Gonzalez had five yards on one carry and Conor Hill had three yards on one carry. The Viking passing attack was led by Jeremy Villa's four catches for 32 yards, Tristan Esparza's two catches for 30 yards and Jacob Cook's two catches for 15 yards.

********** Published: November 8, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 30