By Joe Torosian
(Covina)— You know the boxing line a corner man will give his fighter, “Stick and move, don’t stand and trade punches with this guy. He’ll knock you into tomorrow.”
Rosemead football has always been physical, they mixed it up with Northview, and the Vikings knocked them into tomorrow with a 47-14 victory on Thursday night at Covina District Field.
Northview started the game at its own 37, drove the length of the field, got a big 25-yard run by Kevin Thomas, and then coughed the ball up on a back exchange between Thomas and quarterback Steven Comstock. The Panthers Darien Camacho recovered at the five.
Rosemead’s first snap went through Isaia Ah-hing’s hands and off his helmet. The Vikings Bobby Blass recovered at the five, and few eye-blinks later Comstock scored on a short run.
The Panthers were quick to respond. Unable to establish a running game Ah-hing went to the air, connecting with Elisha Garner and Chris Alvarez to advance the ball. A double personal foul penalty pushed the chains even further downfield, then Ah-hing went 28-yards to Garner on a seam route and the game was tied at seven.
Seven to seven, toe to toe, and that’s when Northview began unloading.
Antwaun Ayers returned the ensuing kickoff 79-yards for a touchdown. Three minutes later Comstock scored on a 1-yard run and with 48 seconds left in the first quarter, Martin Gutierrez struck paydirt on a 2-yard run.
In the second quarter, Comstock went back to Gutierrez for a 10-yard pass and catch. That was followed by a 70-yard touchdown pass to Ayers which was followed by a 1-yard scoring run by Kobe Quiroga.
The halftime bell rang and Mead was out on its feet.
Ah-hing was able to connect with Garner in the third quarter on a 16-yard touchdown pass to finish it.
The win improved Northview 1-1 while Rosemead fell to 0-2. Next, the Panthers travel to Artesia and the Vikings go to Santa Fe.