By Duane Barker
(Downey) The Downey Vikings took care of business Friday night handing the Dominguez Dons a 43-19 defeat at Allen Layne Stadium with a smile on the face of the stadiums namesake who was in attendance taking in the action.
The Dons came out in quick fashion to take early lead when Jai Turner took the opening kickoff 90-yards to glory. Ten senconds into the game Dominguez was up 7-0.
Downey caught a break a few minutes later when a pitch from Don qb Keylan Bias bounce off the hands of Devontae Bias and was recovered by the Vikings and the Dominguez 19. The Vikings only needed to plays to cover the 19-yards with Jacob Skobis getting his first score on the night from 14-yards out. Downey went for the two point conversion but it failed.
The Vikings took the lead that they wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the evening on a 33-yard strike from Christ Hernandez to Sharif Bell. The two point conversion was good when Hernandez found Bryant Carey in the corner of the endzone and with 5:08 left in the first the score was 14-7.
The Dons came close to tying the game with 2:20 left in the opening frame. Jordan Ford hooked up with Deandre Brim Jr. on a 49-yard catch and carry. Isaac Alcaraz missed his chance to tie the game booting the extra point wide left.
Downey put up two scores in the second quarter to extend their lead to 28-13 on a seven yard run by Antonio Ruiz and Skobis second score on the night on a 10-yard pass from Hernandez. Skobis finished the evening with 116-yards on the ground and 22 more through the air with the two scores. Skobis also added a couple of pass defensed from his safety position.
The second half belonged to the Viking defense who limited the Dons to a late score with 3:40 left to play. Dominguez got the ball on their own one when they stopped Downey on fourth and goal.
Rejuvenated by the stop Dominguez covered the 99-yards on nine plays with Turner hauling in a 24-yard pass from Ford. Alcaraz missed the extra point to make the score 43-19.
The two intermediary scores were provided by Hernandez plowing his way over the line from one yard away and Noah Paez, filling in for the dinged up Hernandez, getting loose for a 46-yard run to paydirt.
Next week the Vikings will travel to Lynwood to take on the Knights before returning home on April 16th to finish the season with the rivalry matchup against Warren.