Vikings trump gladiators at homecoming game

Junior quarterback, Dallas Lopez, jumps up to catch the ball during the homecoming game on October 15 at Allen Layne Stadium.  The Vikes beat their opponent Gahr High 42 to 23.

CIndy Romero

Junior quarterback, Dallas Lopez, jumps up to catch the ball during the homecoming game on October 15 at Allen Layne Stadium. The Vikes beat their opponent Gahr High 42 to 23.

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It was an anticipating night as students and staff walked into the Allen Layne Stadium  on Oct 18th for the 2010 homecoming game. The varsity guys were pumped and ready to go when it came to playing their upcoming rival, Gahr. Players took no time to waste and got into the game with high hopes and a positive attitude.

“Even as I barely walked in, I could already feel a sense of enthusiasm in the air!” senior Alexandra De Lira said.

It was a slow start when it came to the first quarter of the game. Although they may have been down by 10 points, the Vikings had no intentions of losing any of the hope given to them by the cheering crowds during the match. Just a few minutes after the second quarter began, a seemingly unstoppable duo of quarterback Dallas Lopez and wide receiver Isaac Dan emerged and together scored a total of two touchdowns leaving the Vikings with a score of 21-17 by half time.

“Although we had a few players out this game, I think as a team we played to our capabilities,” Dan said.

Yet after pounding scores by Dan and Lopez, running back Kyle Lewis was ready to step it up. Determined as he could be, Lewis started off the third quarter by scoring his second touchdown in the game leaving them a good amount ahead of the gladiators; but he didn’t stop there. Once the fourth and final quarter of the competition came around, Lewis was able to score yet another two touchdowns which eventually led to Downey defeating the gladiators 42-23.

“When the game was over I was happy for our win,” Lewis said. “Our team was forced to step up and we did so I’m proud of them for that.”

As the varsity team concluded the game with one of their famous drills, they did more than just win their afternoon match, they led the way for a fun filled night as many students got to partake in yet another one of Downey’s yearly homecoming dances.