By Tim Peterson
(Covina) – It was all Northview on a Saturday night in Covina. The Vikings jumped out to a 24-7 halftime lead and cruised to a 31-7 win over Los Altos at Covina District Field.
Northview was never threatened in the contest. On a night when Canelo Alvarez won by decision over Gennady Golovkin the Vikings knocked out Los Altos.
On Northview’s first possession James Jimenez connected with Deshon Thompson on a 79-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0.
Los Altos fumbled the ball away in its own territory on its next possessions but Northview could only manage just three points on a 28-yard Brian Calderon field goal.
The Conquerors, feeling somewhat invigorated being only down ten points instead of three touchdowns, came up with a big strike. Rene Zaldivar broke through the Northview line and rumbled 77 yards for the touchdown and suddenly, in a quarter in which Northview had completely dominated, Los Altos was only down 10-7. The Conquerors never scored again.
On the next possession Jimenez hit Deshon Thompson on a screen pass and he did the rest zig zagging his way 55 yards for six late in the first quarter to make it 17-7.
Early in the second it was Deshon’s brother Damion Thompson getting into the act by hauling in a 70-yard pitch from Jimenez for the score. The Vikings defense was stout holding Los Altos and it was 24-7 at the break.
Northview only scored one more time but that’s all that was necessary. Jimenez capped a 14-play, 60 yard drive with a three-yard run with 3:17 left in the third quarter for the 31-7 advantage.
The Vikings spent the rest of the evening putting the clamps on Los Altos. Northview held the Conqs to just 82 yards passing. David Hacegaba was just 3 for 14 for 82 yards and an interception. They did manage 167 yards on the ground with Zaldivar accounting for 97 of those. Northview forced three Los Altos turnovers including an interception by Damion Thompson in the second half.
For Northview Jimenez completed 15-24 for 282 yards and 3 scores and also ran for a touchdown. The Thompson brothers combined for 238 yards receiving and 3 TDs. Jamier Johnson had 7 receptions for 44 yards.
Northview remained unbeaten improving to 5-0 with the victory while Los Altos fell to 2-3. Both teams are on bye next week before starting league play in two weeks.