Vikings Big Three Too Much for El Rancho

Damion Thompson had a huge night for Northview. (Photo by Duane Barker.)

By Tim Peterson

(Covina) – Damion Thompson caught two big touchdown passes, Deshon Thompson had a huge punt return and James Jimenez threw for two and ran for one to lead Northview to a 31-23 win over El Rancho Thursday night at Covina District Field to kick off the 2019 football season.

The Thompson twosome (also brothers) did the bulk of the damage for the Vikings. Damion hauled in a 42-yard scoring strike from Jimenez on Northview’s first possession to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead. In the third quarter with the Vikes up 17-8, Damion got loose for a 76-yard bomb from Jimenez to give Northview a 24-8 lead.

Brother Deshon retuned a punt 58 yards for a score to make it 14-0 early in the second quarter. Damion caught seven passes for 163 yard and the two scores while Deshon hauled in eight for 128 and the 58 yard punt return. Jimenez threw for 296 yards and ran for 103 yards to round out the big three.

Northview QB James Jimenez made a difference with his arm and his legs. (Photo by Duane Barker).

By looking at those numbers one would think Northview won by four touchdowns. But the game wasn’t secured until El Rancho quarterback Chris Andrade threw an incomplete  pass on fourth down with six seconds left. Only then could the Vikings breathe a sigh of relief. The Dons just wouldn’t go away.

They were down 14-0 when with no time remaining on the first half clock Andrade found Oscar Mendez in the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown pass. El Rancho head coach Adrian Medrano went for two and Brett Yatco responded with a two point run to make it 14-8.

The Dons looked dead and buried again after Thompson’s 76-yard TD catch made it 24-8 late in the third. But Roman Rojas scored on a seven-yard run and another two-point conversion – this one on an Andrade to Mendez pass – and it was 24-16.

Jimenez capped a drive with a six-yard run for a 31-16 Northview lead but El Rancho answered right back with a 51 yard strike as Andrade hooked up with Mendez to get back within a score with 6:14 left.

ER’s Oscar Mendez kept the Dons in the game. (Photo by Duane Barker.)

Northview was forced to punt and El Rancho got the ball back with 1:13 remaining at its own 33-yard line. But this time the Viking defense held and they claimed the victory.

Mendez had a big game for the Dons with three catches for 93 yards and a pair of scores. Rojas had 19 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown and also caught five passes for 45 yards. Andrade threw for over 100 yards and rushed for 30 but it wasn’t enough.

This night belonged to the big three aka Thompson, Thompson and Jimenez.


ER 0  8  0  15     23

N   7 7  10  7      31

6 Comments to "Vikings Big Three Too Much for El Rancho"

  1. August 23, 2019 - 9:53 pm | Permalink

    ER undersized DL bullied Northview upfront. Might be something to factor in when predicting NV the rest of the way. Thompson bros are FAST! Chuck and duck with those two kids.

  2. Mr. Objective's Gravatar Mr. Objective
    August 23, 2019 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    I was impressed with El Rancho. They were evidently out-athleted, and committed countless costly mistakes, but competed well and were aggressive/assertive. The Dons definitely did not make it an easy night for Northview.

  3. Viking's Gravatar Viking
    August 23, 2019 - 10:16 am | Permalink

    What a great game, and game plan by El Rancho last night. Medranos a good coach. Vikings have some work to do. Good look to El Rancho the rest of the way.

  4. TheRanch18's Gravatar TheRanch18
    August 23, 2019 - 7:31 am | Permalink

    those 3 boys are fast!!! im happy with the way ER played, still have plenty of room for improvement, hats off to northview… ER will learn from this and move on.

  5. ER's Gravatar ER
    August 22, 2019 - 11:00 pm | Permalink

    As the story went early last season, red zone opportunities need to be converted, ER had 2 in the 1st quarter and came away with 0. Fix the red zone O and ER is sitting pretty again this year.

  6. Pac 5 Scout's Gravatar Pac 5 Scout
    August 22, 2019 - 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting. Northview started out as expected. Scoring easily on their first drive after El Rancho missed a 30 yard field goal to start the game. El Rancho then had another drive stalled after a Northview interception at their own’s 7 yard line. Northview then had another quick drive to make it 14-0. After some sound ER defense things got interesting. The Don’s stunned Northview by throwing a 25 yard pass into the right front corner of the end zone with no time left on the clock and scored, with a two point conversion. 14-8 at half. The 2nd half was a draw with both teams flashing good defense and flashes of great offense but without a doubt surprisingly El Rancho’s smallish D-line dominated Northview’s Bubbas. In fact the Dons had the ball with 1:40 left to try and tie the game to no avail. A fine opening game. Northview QB and wide-outs the real deal and this El Rancho team has nothing to hang their head about. CDF a great facility with a big screen video scoreboard.

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