Burbank Vikings Struggle in Week Two

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Rick Assad
Special to MyBurbank

Week 3 – September 7th

(1-1-0) Senior Black 12 @ Lancaster 14
(0-1-0) Senior Green 6 vs. Moorpark 42
(1-1-0) Junior Black 6 @ Valley West 31
(2-0-0) Junior Green 42 @ Camarillo 18
(1-1-0) Midget Black 28 @ Camarillo Black 34
(2-0-0) Midget Green 35 @ Santa Clarita Redskins 6
(1-1-0) Bantam Black 6 @ Oxnard 2
(1-1-0) Bantam White 0 @ Palmdale 22
(2-0-0) Pee Wees 22 vs. West Valley 8
(0-2-0) Gremlins 0 vs. Canyon 26

Bold = Home Game


Junior Green 42 Camarillo 18

Who knows when the Burbank Vikings Junior Green’s winning streak will end, but after Saturday’s 42-18 thrashing of the host Camarillo Roadrunners it has reached 16 consecutive games.

Neither team scored in the opening quarter, but it became 12-6 when quarterback Bryce Young, who completed four passes for 98 yards, found the end zone on a two-yard keeper, and wide receiver Sebastian Leal caught a 55-yard pass with less than one minute left before the half.

The Vikings (2-0) pulled in front 26-6 after three quarters when Young hit Dante Coxsom (41 yards on three receptions) on a 36-yard post pattern. Young ran for the two-point conversion. Coxsom (155 yards on 13 carries) wasn’t done as he scored on a 64-yard scamper off tackle.

Fullback Loyal Terry (49 yards on five carries) chipped in with a 31-yard scoring romp that saw him break four tackles. Young then found Isaac Cordova on the two-point attempt.

Terry’s second scoring run was a seven-yarder and was set up by a marvelous catch by Cordova who had two defenders on his neck. Coxsom then added the two-point conversion. This touchdown was made possible by an interception from linebacker Franco Alonso, who had seven tackles including two solo on the day.

Cordova had nine tackles along with two solo tackles and one pass defended, Terry had nine tackles with five solo and two sacks, while Malachi Meeks finished with nine tackles including four solo.

Midget Green 35 Santa Clarita 6

Despite extremely warm weather that reached more than 100 degrees, the Burbank Vikings Midget Green blasted the Santa Clarita Redskins, 35-6.

The scoring began early when quarterback Tobi Baklayan connected with wide receiver Cooper Meek on a 46-yard post route. Baklayan then spotted Niko Candido on the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.

With less than a minute remaining before halftime, quarterback Bryce Whitaker hit wide receiver Jalen Clark over the middle for a 20-yard gain, and on the following play Whitaker teamed with Clark on a five-yard scoring play.

When Whitaker drilled Meek on a slant for the two-point attempt the Vikings bolted out to a 16-0 advantage.

On the kickoff, the rival Redskins couldn’t get past their 20-yard line, which gave the Vikings excellent field position, but only 14 seconds showing on the clock.

No problem as Baklayan scrambled for an 18-yard pickup, and then kept the ball for a two-yard run and a touchdown. Meek’s extra point kick was successful as the Vikings extended their advantage to 23-0.

On the second half’s opening possession, the Vikings (2-0) capped the drive with a 10-yard scoring pass from Baklayan to Candido, who had three defenders draped all over him.

The Vikings’ scoring barrage ended with Clark’s 73-yard interception return for a touchdown that made it 35-0, before the Redskins added a late score.

Valley West 31 Junior Black 6

Under similar weather conditions that approached 106 degrees, the Burbank Vikings Junior Black dropped a 31-6 decision to the Valley West Ravens.

Bigger and taller, the Ravens tallied 25 first-half points, while holding the Vikings scoreless, but fullback Jake Barraza managed 50 yards on the ground and scored their lone touchdown.

After a strong effort against the Ravens, running back Malik Jackson now has more than 200 yards on the ground this season, while wingback Josh Johnson totaled 40 rushing yards, despite playing with an injured ankle.

The Burbank Vikings Junior Black (1-1) will next play the Santa Clarita Aztecs at Castaic Middle School on Saturday with a 12:15 p.m. kickoff.

Pee Wee Black 22 West Valley 8

In a relatively taut match, the Burbank Vikings Pee Wee Black brushed past the West Valley Rebels, 22-8, at Burbank High in a contest that was scoreless after the first quarter, and tied 8-8 at the half.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Rebels took an 8-0 lead on a 55-yard drive in the second quarter, but the Vikings (2-0) knotted it at 8-8 on a 30-yard scramble from Jonas Baklayan in the same quarter.

On the Vikings’ opening drive of the second half, running back Dahnte Russell, who gained 149 yards on the ground, dented the end zone with an eight-yard burst.

The defense was led by Joe Kazarian, who finished with five tackles, followed by Lucas Ruiz with four tackles, Baklayan with 3.5, and Diego Reynaldo with 2.5.

Center Anthony Torabyan delivered every snap without a hitch, and linemen Josh Idleburg and Lorenzo Resendez each played at a high level.

Fullback Reynaldo also added 60 rushing yards and scored with five minutes left in the fourth quarter behind blocks from A.J. Vargas, Baklayan and Kazarian that made it a 14-point spread.

Lancaster 14 Senior Black 12

Viking Football 2nd wk-2There were more than enough opportunities for the Burbank Vikings Senior Black to knock off Lancaster, but instead they absorbed a 14-12 setback.

The Vikings (1-1) recovered five Lancaster turnovers, and even had the football inside the Lancaster 50-yard line several times, but all of this couldn’t offset scoring runs of 65 and 52 yards.

Darnell Williams and Blake Quinteros led the offensive charge, while Brendan O’Connor, Brady Barrett and Max Weschler played huge on the defensive side of the ball.


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