It was a disappointing trip to Valencia for the Santa Monica
High School football team last week. Valencia overpowered Santa Monica 42-21 to
come away with an easy victory.
Santa Monica went into halftime with the score tied at
14. Valencia then outscored the Vikings 28-0 during the last two quarters to
pull away for the non league win. That defeat left Santa Monica with a 2-2
record going into this week’s matchup against Hart at Santa Monica City
Despite the loss, Santa Monica still has a reason to hold
their heads up high. The Vikings is still considered to be one of the top teams
in the CIF Southern Section Division Western IV division.
The Vikings, ranked behind Morningside in the Ocean League,
is the No.6 team in the Western IV division. Santa Monica has a chance to
redeem that defeat when they come up across Hart, Morningside and Beverly Hills
in successful weeks.
In short, those three games could be the kicker, in terms
of determining if the Vikings will have a chance to take the Ocean League
crown. And if the Vikings get to achieve that goal, it’s likely that several
members of the Santa Monica team will have a hand in the matter.
Kwame Duggins (221 yards) and Will Taylor (143 yards) are
the team’s rushing leaders and have combined for a total 464 yards on the
ground. Another reason the Vikings should feel good about their chances about
Ocean League play and possible postseason consideration is their biggest
playmaker in De’Jai Whitaker.
Whitaker has gotten into the end zone enough to score 24
points for the Vikings.
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