(Covina) The Northview Vikings opened up a 21-0 halftime lead on the Santa Fe Chiefs Friday night at and then held on to win 28-21 at Covina Valley District Field.
Both teams struggled early on sustaining drives and moving the ball with consistency and it wasn’t until the end of the first quarter. Northview’s Steven Comstock found Damien Thompson in the near corner of the endzone for six.
A Santa Fe fumble by Raul Ramirez at his own 43 set up the next Viking score. A seven play 57 yard drive was capped by a one yard run by Joseph Castillo Jr. with 7:45 left in the second quarter.
Northview took advantage of another Chief turnover four minutes later. Comstock found Jimmy Amezquita in the endzone from 13 yards away to complete a seven play 80 yard drive.
Early in the third quarter Santa Fe got on the board to cut the lead to 21-7. Quarterback Christian Tolar called his own number from five yards away.
With less than two minutes remaining in the third period, the Chiefs cut the lead to 21-14 on a 24 yard pass from Tolar to Javier Valdivia.
The Vikings doubled up their lead midway through the final frame on a 40 yard run to paydirt by Castillo. Castillo took the handoff from Comstock and ran over, through and around the Santa Fe defense for the 28-14 lead.
Northview look to have the game sealed with just over three minutes left in the game when Jamier Johnson picked off Tolar at the Viking 13 yard line. Johnson returned the ball out to the Northview 35.
On the next play from scrimmage, the Vikings decided to try and put the final nail in the Chief coffin. Comstock dropped back to passed and fired the ball deep over the left side. The ball was offline and fell into the hands of a Chief defender.
Santa Fe was able to capitalize on the Viking turnover marching 65 yards on seven plays with Ramirez getting through the Northview defense for 50 yards and the score.
In on the “hands” team for the ensuing kickoff, Comstock fell on the pooched kickoff at his own 11 yard line. From there the Vikings were able to kill the rest of the clock and close out the game.
The Vikings will be home again next Friday to take on Don Lugo while Santa Fe will return home to host South High School.