By Tim Peterson
(San Dimas) – Northview outscored San Dimas 28-6 in the second half and went on to beat the Saints 49-34 Friday night to lay claim as the best team in the Valle Vista League.
There are still two games remaining in league but this one was for the title. San Dimas suffered its first loss of the season while the Vikings improved to 7-1 and have won seven straight.
The Vikes and Saints exchanged touchdowns in the first half. The difference was the Vikings coughed it up on a fumble and the Saints took advantage to grab a 14-7 lead, and still led 28-21 at the half.
Danny Jackson scored all four touchdowns for San Dimas in the first half – two on TD runs and two on scoring passes from Joey Tamayo. Jackson’s 24-yard touchdown gave San Dimas a 14-7 lead with 7:41 left in the second quarter and then he broke off a 60-yard jaunt three minutes later that made it 21-14.
After Steven Comstock hit Antwaun Ayers on a seven yard touchdown pass to tie it at 21, Jackson got loose again, as he got behind the Northview secondary and hauled in a 49-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-21 at the half.
Things looked good for the Saints as they got the ball first in the second half. But a personal foul cost them on the first possession and they were stopped on fourth down at the Northview 39. The Vikings proceeded to go nine plays for the score with Comstock bulling in from five yards out to tie it at 28.
On the next series the Vikings shut down San Dimas again forcing the Saints to punt. After the Northview got the ball back Comstock suffered a cramp and had to leave the game setting up a turning point in the game. Nathan Amadeo filled in for Comstock and on his first play under center he fired a strike down the right sideline and hit Ayers in stride who raced 56 yards into the end zone to give the Vikes the lead at 35-28 with just 18 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Saints’ offense was suddenly stagnant and when Comstock scored again on a 21-yard run with 8:45 left in the fourth quarter for Northview, San Dimas’ fate was sealed.
Four minutes later Kevin Thomas blasted in for an eight-yard touchdown and just like that Marcel Perez’ troops were up by three scores.
San Dimas finally ended the drought with 2:35 left when Kai Rodriguez scored on a 10-yard run before Northview ran out the clock.
Comstock threw for two touchdowns and ran for three. He passed for 306 yards and rushed for 137. Ayers had eight catches for 160 yards and two scores. Frankie Simental had four receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown.
Jackson had two receptions for 73 yards and pair of scores for the Saints while also rushing for two.
“They (San Dimas) have a lot of home run hitters and we went into halftime and corrected a little bit of those things and we played some great defense in the second half,” said Northview Head Coach Marcel Perez.
At halftime Northview quarterback Steven Comstock seemed to know what was in store. “Well they said it was going to be a battle and it’s a battle,” Comstock said.
When the battle ended two quarters later it was the Vikings that had won the war.
The Saints, now firmly entrenched in second place, will travel to Baldwin Park next week while the first place Vikings will face Wilson.