By Edward Mahurien / Managing Editor —-
Homecoming was given a black eye, literally. Frustrations came to a head with less than a minute remaining in a 55-10 Viking rout of the visiting College of the Desert’s Roadrunners on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Veterans Stadium. Two Viking players made a stop on the 30-yardline and a shoving match ensued.
As shoves became punches Viking players cleared the benches, sprinting across the field. Desert linebacker Dominique Williams sprinted from the end zone and jumped in the air, drop kicking a Viking player squarely in the back. The ensuing chaos lasted for several minutes, until coaches and police were able to get the players under control. In the end Viking players were escorted to a nearby classroom and the Roadrunners shouted profanities to the home crowd before being escorted to waiting buses. Both teams’ coaches say referees allowed the physical play to get out of hand. Both sides’ coaches blamed the other team’s players for cheap shots levied at their players.
The unfortunate event marred a spectacular performance by the Vikings. LBCC scored virtually at-will on their first few possessions and again late in the game. With all starters pulled, Desert still couldn’t contain the Viking offense.
The Vikes waited until the season’s final game to put on their best performance under freshman coach Brett Peabody. The lopsided affair was LBCC’s largest margin of victory of the season. Freshman quarterback Kenny Potter didn’t quite put up conference player of the week numbers but was still good enough to torch the Roadrunners’ secondary for more than 260 yards and three touchdowns.
Potter’s preferred target was freshman Da’Quan Hampton. The 6 -foot-4-inch, 212-pound wide out hauled in 98 yards and two touchdowns on just six receptions.
Sophomore linebacker Cale Dester recorded 21 tackles, two for losses, and a sack.