By Rich Whittington
(Baldwin Park)—The Northview Vikings opened Valle Vista league play in dominating fashion Friday evening, as they defeated the host Baldwin Park Braves, 56-0.
Northview wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Senior Jared Paredes returned the game’s opening kickoff 80-yards for a touchdown. This made the score, 7-0, Northview only 14 seconds into the contest.
Vikings’ quarterback Steven Comstock had a stellar outing, completing 7 of 8 passes for 173 yards and five touchdowns…in only one half of work. Comstock connected with Damion Thompson (32-yards), Jimmy Amezquita (17 and 85-yards), Santos Cuen (12-yards), and Martin Gutierez (10-yards). The Vikings also scored on the ground, as Joseph Castillo, Jr. scored on a 7-yard touchdown run. Brian Calderon successfully manned the kicking game by converting all eight of his PAT attempts.
Northview dominated defensively as well, recording a total of five takeaways. In addition to catching a scoring pass, Thompson recorded three interceptions and returned his last pick 93-yards to paydirt. Also contributing to the turnover total was outside linebacker, Santos Cuen who intercepted a pass. Outside linebacker, David Barela recovered a Baldwin Park fumble.
Northview’s next contest is scheduled for 10/13/17. The Vikings will play the Covina Colts at Covina District Field. Also on 10/13/17, Baldwin Park will host the Wilson Wildcats. Kickoff for both games is scheduled for 7:00 PM.