SPORTS BRIEFS: Vikings run all over Bears

DOWNEY – The Downey High School football team defeated cross-town rival Warren last Friday night at Downey High School, 49-19. With the win, the Vikings improved to 4-3 and 2-0 in S.G.V.L. play while the Bears fell to 4-3 and 1-1 in S.G.V.L. competition.

Downey will host Gahr later this evening and Warren will play host to Dominguez. Gahr is 3-4 overall and 0-2 in league play and Dominguez is 5-2 overall and 2-0 in league play, respectively.

In the Downey-Warren game, Downey led at the end of the first quarter 15-6. The Vikings outscored the Bears 20-6 in the second quarter and led 35-12 at halftime. Downey added another touchdown and extra point in the third quarter and led 42-12 at the end of the third quarter. Both teams scored a touchdown and converted their extra point attempts in the fourth quarter. After 48 minutes of play, Downey won this year’s city rivalry game 49-19.

The Downey rushing attack accumulated 343 yards on thirty carries. Justin Huff and Daevon Vigilant provided the 1-2 punch to lead Downey. Huff had 100 yards on five carries and scored on a touchdown run of 44 yards and a screen pass of 30 yards. Vigilant had 88 yards on 11 carries and scored one touchdown. The Vikings averaged over 11 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns on the ground.

The Downey passing attack was led by the tandem quarterback team of Eddie Preciado and Trevor Hill. Downey completed 11 passes for 181 yards and had two touchdowns through the air. Huff caught one touchdown pass and Jalen Thompson caught a 19 yard strike on the other. The Vikings had 524 total offensive yards in the winning effort. Viking defensive end Chris Blanton also scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a ball he stripped at the goal line and ran in.

Warren scored on a 55 yard strike from quarterback Jordan Yancy to receiver David Escobedo. Yancy also rushed for a 19 yard touchdown to pull the Bears to within 28-12. The last Warren touchdown was scored in the fourth quarter on a nice Fredrick Reed rushing effort. Reed pulled the Bears to 49-18 and the Bear extra point made it 49-19.


The Downey High School girls’ volleyball team improved to 21-4 overall and 6-0 in San Gabriel Valley League play with their 25-12, 25-11 and 25 16 win at home against Lynwood on Tuesday.

Kimberly Schnars had 17 kills, two aces and two blocks. Bela Gamboa had eight kills, five aces and a block. Amy Crowell had 29 assists for the Lady Vikings in their winning effort.

Downey traveled to cross-town rival Warren yesterday (score unavailable at press time) for their second match. After the Warren match, Downey has three regular season contests remaining. The Lady Vikings will travel to Gahr on 10/28, will host Paramount on 10/30 and will travel to Dominguez for their final match against the Lady Dons on November 4. The Lady Vikings have the inside track to winning another S.G.V.L. title and earning the top San Gabriel Valley League entry in the upcoming Division 2AA playoffs.

As of now, the Lady Vikings are on a seven-match winning streak. They are currently ranked 1105th nationally, 149th in California and 39th in Division 2. The Lady Vikings are also ranked 72nd in the Southern Section and 12th in the latest Southern Section Division 2AA poll.

Lady Viking head coach Andrea Sims is pleased with the effort and progress of her team. After the Lynwood game Sims said, “I want them to improve every single game. I saw that today.” Sims continued by saying, “our serving was strong and multiple players got a chance to touch the ball.”

Coach Sims, her staff and players are gaining valuable match experience and are getting ready to make a run once the C.I.F. Division 2AA playoffs begin next month.


The Warren High School girls’ tennis team currently has an overall record 15-1 and are 10-1 in San Gabriel Valley League play.

Warren defeated Gahr at Warren 15-3 last Thursday and defeated Downey at Downey 16-2 last Friday. Warren traveled to Lynwood yesterday (score unavailable) and will travel to Paramount later today. The match at Paramount will conclude the Bears’  regular season schedule.

The 2014 S.G.V.L. Tournament will begin next Tuesday at Warren with singles competition, will continue with doubles competition on Wednesday and will conclude on Wednesday with semifinals and finals action. The results of the three-day league finals will help seed the players for postseason play.


The Warren High School boys’ cross country team will be hosting it’s second annual boys’ cross country food fair. There will be over 100 authentic dishes for lunch on Saturday, November 1, from 1-5 p.m. in the Warren High School Quad.

The Warren High School cross country team will also be hosting its first annual costume dash 3k and 5k runs on Saturday, November 8, at Apollo Park. Coach Miranda is inviting family, friends and kids ages 6 and up for a morning of running and fun.

Interested individuals can register online at Coach Miranda added that all participants must be in costume.

All proceeds will benefit the Warren High School cross country program.


The Downey Unified School District’s first middle school sports season has come to an end. Play wrapped up this Wednesday in football and girls’ volleyball.

The final football standings have Doty and Stauffer at 4-2, Sussman at 3-3 and Griffiths at 1-5. Doty and Stauffer are co-champions. The final varsity girls’ volleyball standings have Doty and Sussman at 5-1, and Griffiths and Stauffer at 1-5. Doty and Sussman are co-champions. The final junior varsity girls’ volleyball standings have Doty at 5-1, Griffiths and Stauffer at 3-3 and Sussman at 1-5. Doty is the city champion.

On Monday, Sussman football traveled to Doty and defeated the Knights 24-21. The Sussman varsity girls’ volleyball team defeated Doty 25-17, 18-25 and 15-10. The Doty junior varsity girls’ volleyball team defeated Sussman 25-16 and 25-20. Stauffer football traveled to Griffiths and defeated the Indians 39-0. Griffiths varsity girls’ volleyball team defeated Stauffer 23-25, 25-23 and 15-7. Griffiths junior varsity girls’ volleyball team defeated Stauffer 25-17, 28-30 and 15-7.

On Wednesday, Stauffer football traveled to Doty and were defeated by the Knights 9-8. The Stauffer varsity girls’ volleyball team was defeated by Doty 25-15 and 25-14. The Stauffer junior varsity girls’ volleyball team defeated Doty 19-25, 25-22 and 15-11. Sussman football traveled to Griffiths and defeated the Indians 24-6. The Sussman varsity girls’ volleyball team defeated Griffiths 25-27, 25-8 and 15-4. The Griffiths junior varsity girls’ volleyball team defeated Sussman 18-25, 25-23 and 15-5.

The first fall sports season is now complete. Attention will now be turned to boys’ volleyball and girls’ soccer. There were some excellent and highly competitive games played the past three weeks. I am certain they will continue.



Published: Oct. 23, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 28