Homecoming is always supposed to be a sweet thing for the
home team. Well, at least it is supposed to be. The Santa Monica High football
team got a chance to savor the sweet taste of a 42-6 over Inglewood Morningside
in the team’s Ocean League opener on Friday night.
The win improves Santa Monica’s record to 3-3 overall,
1-0 in league play.
Santa Monica plays Beverly Hills High School this coming Friday. The blowout win by the Vikings is somewhat of a surprise,
considering that both teams came into contest basically mirroring one another
in points scored and total offensive yards gained per game.
The win also keeps Santa Monica on pace among the leaders
in the Southern Section Division Western IV class. Currently, Santa Monica is
ranked No.4 behind St. Francis (No.3), Chaminade (No.2) and Gardena Serra
(No.1). Seeding is very important when it comes to the postseason.
The Vikings are in great shape for a playoff run should
they manage to play well down the stretch of a rugged schedule. Playing
Morningside, a school that is known more for its perennial basketball prowess,
was thought to solidify that point.
But after the first quarter, Morningside put up no real fight
against the Vikings. Santa Monica held a slight 7-6 lead heading into the
second quarter. This is where the wheels came off of the truck for the
Monarchs. Santa Monica scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to lead
28-6 heading into the locker room.
The Vikings then tacked on 14 more points in the third
quarter to conclude the team’s scoring for the night.
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