Samohi Football Team Comes Back Strong Against Inglewood

Vikings trying to build momentum for postseason

Tuesday, 5 Nov 2013, 4:03:00 AM

Dennis Freeman

Matthew Galvan (50) and the rest of the Santa Monica High football team is pumped after their victory against Inglewood on Friday night.
Photo by Arlene Karno
Matthew Galvan (50) and the rest of the Santa Monica High football team is pumped after their victory against Inglewood on Friday night.

The Santa Monica High School Vikings football team is

back on the right track. A week after a disheartening, overtime defeat to

Culver City, the Samohi team kept themselves in the hunt for a

good postseason seed with a 21-0 shutout win Friday night against Inglewood.

A week earlier,

Samohi stumbled and struggled to move the ball with consistency on offense,

falling behind the Culver City Centaurs by two touchdowns at halftime. The Vikings, despite

rallying back to tie the game, lost in overtime to a field goal after failing

to convert on their initial possession in the extra period.

Two

touchdowns by running back Kwame Duggins gave the Vikings the only offensive

life they had as a team. The contest against Inglewood didn’t require such

theatrics. The defeat to Culver City cost

Samohi a chance to be in the driver’s seat to claim the Ocean League title.

The focus

now is for the Vikings to hold to their second place in the league to hold fast

to a good see in the postseason.

As it stands

right now, Samohi is ranked seventh, according to Maxpreps, in the CIF Southern

Section Western Division (IV) rankings.

With a regular season finale against

Hawthorne on Friday night, the Vikings can finish the season on a strong note. Playing at Corsair

Field at Santa Monica College, Samohi did just that as head coach went out

and defeated his former school.  

The first line of credit in the Viking’s

victory goes to the team’s defense. In

producing its second shutout of the season, Samohi held Inglewood quarterback

Andrea Zaire to just 67 yards passing. Samohi limited the senior signal-caller

to a six of 20 completion passing performance on the night.

Even better

than that, the Vikings also muzzled Inglewood’s running game, holding the

Sentinels to just 23 yards on the ground.

For the

game, Samohi kept Inglewood’s offense in check, grounding the Sentinels to 90

yards in total offense. That’s pretty impressive stuff, considering the Vikings

surrendered nearly 300 yards total against Culver City.

With this

week being the last regular season game to be played, Samohi seems to be on a

roll, playing with the necessary momentum heading into the playoffs. The

Vikings have won three of their last four games going into the season’s

conclusion against Hawthorne, which should give Samohi confidence in the

postseason.

Samohi got

on the scoreboard in the first quarter. The Vikings then added touchdowns in

the third and fourth quarters to wrap up their fifth win of the season. 

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