Tonia Ciancanelli / Editor in Chief
The Viking football team, now 1-4 in their conference, lost on the road in a 42-28 loss against the undefeated No. 1 team in the nation, Riverside City College Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 5. Quarterback Kenny Potter passed to wide receiver Mikail Parr for the Vikes’ first touchdown, tying the game 7-7 with 5:49 left in the 2nd quarter.
The Tigers scored two more touchdowns and the Vikes trailed 21-7 after the first half. Cale Dester, linebacker for LBCC, said the Tigers were “pounding on us, but we’ll come back hungry and hope for the win.”
Potter, who led the game overall with 312 passing yards, ran a 3-yard touchdown with 10:36 left in the 3rd. Offensive lineman Patrick Scoggins’ family booed “send the refs to the showers” from the stands as the Tigers scored on a 100-yard kick off return bringing the score to 42-21, with 3:52 left in the 3rd. Vikings’ wide receiver Josiah Blandin caught a 29-yard pass from Potter, scoring the only points in the final quarter.
Vikes’ wide receiver Brian Lepala said he was “devastated” after the Tigers’ Isaac Colunga intercepted the ball in the Vikes’ end zone with 1:41 left in the 4th. After the game, defensive back Kevin Medearis said, “This game we had too many mistakes, minor mistakes. We actually had a good practice this week, especially the defense.
We’re bouncing back. We just got to clean up on the turnovers and stop blowing plays on defense.” Tigers’ fullback Makini Manu, who played high school football with some of his opponents, said, “I didn’t think they’d be that good but they gave us a run for our money. It was definitely good competition. Just history of playing Long Beach, we always smash them really bad.” The next game will be at home Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. against Santa Ana College.