SPORTS BRIEFS: Warren High snaps 24-game losing streak

DOWNEY – The Warren High School football team defeated Firebaugh High of Lynwood, 20-6, last Friday night at home. It was the first win for the Bears since Oct. 28, 2011. On that Friday evening, the Bears defeated Lynwood 21-14 at home. Warren tied Marina at Marina earlier that season and finished 2011 with an overall record of 1-8-1 and a S.G.V.L. record of 1-4.

The Bears’ 24-game losing streak is now over and Warren looks to earn their second win of the 2014 season tonight at home against Western. The Western Pioneers come into tonight’s game with a record of 1-2.

The Pioneers defeated Katella 28-27 on 9/4, lost to Millikan 47-3 on 9/11 and lost to El Modena 42-14 on 9/19. Warren has an excellent opportunity to even their record at 2-2 and extend their winning streak to two games.

Warren will finish their preseason schedule at Gardena next Friday before they start San Gabriel Valley League play. The Gardena Panthers are 0-3 at the time of this writing and play a 2-1 Morningside team this evening at Gardena. The Bears may very well finish their preseason with a 3-2 record. The Bears will open S.G.V.L. play by hosting Gahr on October 10th before traveling to cross-town rival Downey for their showdown on October 17th.

Junior quarterback Jordan Yancy and sophomore running back Jordan Mayes continue to improve as they get more varsity experience under their belts. The offseason work is starting to pay off for the Bears. Coach Raul Lara maintains that “there’s still a lot of work to do and we are trying to get better each day.”

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The Downey High School football team defeated the Millikan Rams, 14-6, last Friday night at Millikan. With the win, the Vikings improved to 2-2.

It was the Rams’  first defeat of the season, dropping them to 3-1.

Downey will host the Huntington Beach Oilers tonight at 7:00 p.m. Downey will travel to Lynwood next Friday for their S.G.V.L. opener against the Knights.

The Oilers come into tonight’s game with a record of 0-4. Don’t be fooled by the four losses though. The Oilers lost to Coronado 41-26 on 8/28, San Clemente 44-21 on 9/5, JSerra 63-17 on 9/12 and Moorpark 52-49 last Friday. Coronado is 2-1, San Clemente is 4-0, JSerra is 4-0, and Moorpark is 3-1, respectively. The teams are a combined 13-2. Huntington Beach has certainly played a tough preseason schedule.

In the Millikan game, Downey quarterback Rafeeq Rahim completed 7/14 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown pass. Rahim was helped out on offense with a solid running game from Daevon Vigilant and Justin Huff. Vigilant had 20 carries for 131 yards and Huff had 15 carries for 153 yards. The two running backs combined for 284 yards on 35 carries.

The Viking receiving corps were led by Albert Padilla’s three catches for 65 yards and a touchdown, Cameron Carr’s three catches for 65 yards and Justin Huff’s one catch for four yards. Kicker Omar Juarez was 2/2 on PAT attempts.

The Viking defense was led by Kiefer Enslin’s four solo and eight assisted tackles, Jacob Cook’s three solo and seven assisted tackles, Manny Ramirez’s three solo and seven assisted tackles, Ryan Collins’ three solo and five assisted tackles, Cameron Carr’s five solo and two assisted tackles and Eddie Preciado’s four solo and three assisted tackles.

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The Warren High School boys’ cross country team competed at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic held at the Great Park last Saturday in Irvine.

The Warren boys finished in 14th place overall in a team time of 1:16:13. Great Oak was the overall boys’ winner in a team time of 1:13:37. The Bears were paced by seniors Benjamin Gonzalez’s and Jonathan Rodriguez’s individual times of 14:43 and 14:51, respectively.

Other San Gabriel Valley League competitors included Downey, Gahr and Paramount. Paramount finished in 52nd place with a team time of 1:18:54, Gahr finished in 62nd place with a team time of 1:19:12 and Downey finished in 94th place with a team time of 1:20:28.

The Warren High School Lady Bears also competed at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic. The Warren girls finished in 31st place overall in a team time of 1:32:39. Great Oak was the overall girls’ winner in a team time of 1:24:38.

Other S.G.V.L. competitors included Downey, Gahr and Paramount. Downey finished in 87th place with a team time of 1:36:39, Paramount finished in 126th place with a team time of 1:40:05 and Gahr finished in 155th place with a team time of 1:43:10. The Lady Bears did not have standout senior runners Lisa Vasquez and Marissa Pluma compete.

Warren boys and girls both competed in their first S.G.V.L. cluster meet yesterday at Wilderness Park (times unavailable at press time). The second cluster meet will take place Thursday, October 16th, at Cerritos Regional Park and league finals will take place on Wednesday, November 5th, at La Mirada Regional Park.

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The Downey High School girls’ volleyball team improved to 14-3 on the season with a five set thrilling, come-from-behind win against Troy at home on Tuesday.

The Lady Vikings won 24-26, 19-25, 25-21, 25-19 and 15-10. Kimberly Schnars led the Viking attack with 25 kills and 14 digs. Amy Crowell contributed with 48 assists in the winning effort.

The Lady Vikings hosted Valley Christian yesterday (score unavailable at press time). Downey will host Cypress next Tuesday in a final tune up before S.G.V.L. play starts. The Lady Vikings will travel to Lynwood next Thursday in their league opener. Downey will host cross-town rival Warren on October 7th.

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The Downey High School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams competed at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic this past Saturday at the Great Park in Irvine. Downey’s boys finished in 94th place with a team time of 1:20:28. Downey’s girls finished in 87th place with a team time of 1:36:39.

Boys’ coach Robert Gleason has high expectations for this year’s seniors Luis Munoz and Erick Ayala. Junior Jary Solis is also expected to play a key role for Coach Gleason this year. Downey was runner-up last season in the S.G.V.L. to cross-town rival Warren.

Girls’ coach Amy Overgaauw also has high expectations for senior Erika Garcia, junior Jailene Orozco and sophomore Alexandra Gurrola. All three girls are expected to play key roles pacing the Lady Viking cross country team this season. Downey was runner-up last season in the S.G.V.L. to cross-town rival Warren.

 

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Published: Sept. 25, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 24