SPORTS BRIEFS: Warren-Downey prepare for Friday night showdown

DOWNEY – The Warren High School football team defeated Gahr at Warren last Friday night 47-28 in the league opener for both schools. With the win, the Bears are now 4-2 overall and 1-0 in San Gabriel Valley League play, while Gahr dropped to 3-3 overall and 0-1 in S.G.V.L. play. This Friday Warren will travel to cross-town rival Downey for the annual Downey-Warren football game. Downey won last year’s game 60-0. Game time is at 7:30 p.m. tonight, not 7:00 p.m., due to the involvement of Fox sports. This year’s game should be competitive and entertaining.

Downey comes into the Downey-Warren game with an overall record of 3-3 and are 1-0 in S.G.V.L. play. Downey defeated a previously undefeated Lynwood team at Lynwood 23-14 last Friday night. Downey has quarterback Trevor Hill back after Hill broke his wrist earlier this season.

The Bears continue to improve on offense. Junior quarterback Jordan Yancy leads the Bear offense. Running backs Jordan Mayes, Fredrick Reed and Eduardo Figueroa lead the Bear ground attack. Each back has had nice carries in different games this season. Sophomore full back Zaky Fuiava and senior receiver David Escobedo have drawn attention on offense as well.

In the Gahr game, the Bear defense was led by Tyrone Singleton’s four solo and six assisted tackles, Steven Zepeda’s one solo and nine assisted tackles and Darnay Harris’ three solo and four assisted tackles. Benjamin Donerson contributed with four solo and two assisted tackles, Jordan Mayes had three solo and two assisted tackles, Andrew Granados had two solo and three assisted tackles and Edward Chorro had two solo and two assisted tackles.

Coach Lara, his staff and players will certainly be fired up for this year’s Downey-Warren game. Remember, start time is 7:30 p.m. at Downey. Get there early for good seats. Parking will be a Bear.


The Downey Calvary Chapel football team currently has an overall record of 4-2 and are 0-1 in Academy League play. The Grizzlies lost to Brethren Christian of Huntington Beach at Brethren Christian 42-21 last Friday night. The game against Brethren Christian marked the Academy League opener for both teams.

The Grizzlies will travel to Crean Lutheran of Irvine tonight. The Saints also have an overall record of 4-2 but will start Academy League play tonight when they host DCC. Tonights’s game is homecoming for Crean Lutheran.

In the Brethren Christian game, the DCC offense was led by senior quarterback Daniel Castro’s 3/11 passing for 11 yards. Castro threw one interception. The Grizzly ground game was led by Sam Arcalas’s 23 carries for 139 yards, Angel Solarza’s 11 carries for 140 yards and Castro’s five carries for 15 yards. The DCC receiving corps were led by Arcalas’ two receptions for ten yards. Joseph Santillan had a short reception for a small gain as well. Senior kicker Daniel Rivas was 3/3 on PAT attempts and scored three points.

The Grizzly defense was led by Angel Solarza’s seven solo tackles, Seth Baumann’s seven solo tackles and Brian Holm’s six solo and one assisted tackles. Byron Smith contributed with five solo tackles, Jeremy Hernandez had four solo tackles and Daniel Castro had four solo tackles. Jared Welch contributed with three solo tackles, Sam Arcalas had three solo tackles and Joseph Santillan’s had two solo tackles.

Coach Welch, his staff and players are looking for their first Academy League win. If the Grizzlies can finish their regular season strong, DCC can qualify for the C.I.F. Southern Section Division East Valley playoffs.


Middle school sports continued their football and girls’ volleyball seasons this week. There were no games played on Monday due to the observance of Columbus Day. On Wednesday, Stauffer visited Sussman and Doty traveled to Griffiths.

The Stauffer football team defeated Sussman 22-6. The Sussman varsity girls’ volleyball team defeated Stauffer in three games 25-27, 25-19 and 15-10 and the Stauffer girls’ junior varsity team defeated Sussman in two games 25-19 and 25-18.

The Doty football team defeated Griffiths 20-6. The Doty varsity girls’ volleyball team defeated Griffiths 25-23 and 25-8. The Doty girls’ junior varsity team defeated Griffiths 25-8 and 29-27.

The standings at the end of four games of play look like this. In football, Doty and Stauffer are each 3-1 while Griffiths and Sussman are 1-3. In varsity girls’ volleyball, Doty is 4-0, Sussman is 3-1, Stauffer is 1-3 and Griffiths is 0-4. In girls’ junior varsity volleyball, Doty is 4-0, Stauffer is 2-2, Griffiths is 1-3 and Sussman is 1-3.

Next week marks the final two games of the season for football and girls’ volleyball. Stauffer will travel to Griffiths on Monday while Sussman will travel to Doty. On Wednesday, Sussman will travel to Griffiths and Stauffer will travel to Doty.

Games have been exciting and competitive. Next week’s games will certainly determine city championships in their respective sports.


The Downey High School football team traveled to Lynwood last Friday night and defeated the Knights 23-14.

With the win, the Vikings evened their overall record at 3-3. Downey also started league play with a win and now stand 1-0 in San Gabriel Valley League play.

With the loss, the Knights now stand at 5-1 overall and are 0-1 in S.G.V.L. play. The Vikings handed Lynwood their first loss of the season.

The Vikings will host cross-town rival Warren this Friday night at 7:30 p.m., not 7:00 p.m., due to Fox television. Warren is currently 4-2 overall and 1-0 in S.G.V.L. play after defeating Gahr at Warren 47-28 last Friday night.

In the Lynwood game, the Knights led at the end of the first quarter 7-3. Each team scored a touchdown and converted the extra point in the second quarter. Lynwood led at halftime 14-10. Downey added six points in the third quarter and led 16-14 at the end of the third quarter. Downey added a touchdown and extra point in the fourth quarter making the score 23-14. The Vikings won by that same score.

The Viking offense was led by Trevor Hill’s 3/6 passing for 39 yards. Hill threw two interceptions. Eddie Preciado completed 5/8 passes for 141 yards and one touchdown. Downey’s rushing attack was led by Justin Huff’s 12 carries for 174 yards, Daevon Vigilant’s 12 carries for 61 yards and Eddie Preciado’s four carries for 49 yards. Downey rushed the ball a total of 28 times for 284 yards. That is an impressive average of over ten yards per carry.

The Viking receiving corps were led by Jason Thomas’ three catches for 127 yards and one touchdown. Thomas averaged an impressive 42.3 yards per catch. Jalen Thompson had two catches for 23 yards, Albert Padilla had two catches for 19 yards and Jacob Cook had one catch for 11 yards. Downey kicker Omar Juarez was 2/2 on PAT attempts and 1/1 on field goals. Juarez finished with five points.

Downey had 15 players make tackles on defense. Cameron Carr had five solo and four assisted tackles, Jalen Thompson had five solo and one assisted tackles, Manny Ramirez had four solo and two assisted tackles. Jason Thomas contributed with four solo and one assisted tackles, Chris Blanton had three solo and two assisted tackles and Jacob Cook also had three solo and two assisted tackles.



Published: Oct. 16, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 27