By Duane Barker
(El Monte) The Arroyo Knights traveled south to Mountain View High School to take on the Vikings in the Mission Valley League opener for both teams. It turned out to be a one-sided affair as the Knights hammered the Vikings to the tune of 51-0
It also was an efficient night for the Knights who scored on all of their first half possessions.
Arroyo won the coin flip and elected to receive. From there it was a seven play 59-yard drive straight into the endzone. Joe Reyes capped the drive with a 2-yard run.
Unable to gain any yardage on their first drive, the Vikings were forced to punt. The punt was blocked and covered by Arroyo at the Mountain View 18. One play later the Knights were on the board again on an 18-yard catch and run from Reyes to Ruben Munoz. Albert Lopez missed the extra point on this try but Arroyo still led 13-0.
The rest of the first half was more of the same. The Vikings were unable to gain any ground or first downs and Arroyo seemingly scoring at will.
Four more touchdowns were marked by the Knights. Two scores by Nate Guardado on a 2-yard run and a 35-yard screen and touchdowns by Reyes (24-yard run) and 10-yard run by Lelan Garcia.
Mountain View got their first first down on the night on their first drive to start the second half. The drive stalled however and the Vikings were forced to punt.
After a three play drive stalled the Viking 20, Lopez came on to boot a 37-yard field goal to extend Arroyo’s lead to 44-0.
The Knights final score on the night came on a 28-yard run by Xavier Fallon.
Mountain View will look to regroup and try to rebound Thursday on the road at Rosemead while the Knights will return home also for a Thursday matchup with El Monte.