By Richard Mejia
Much as it has gone all season, the Viking offense ran rampant in its 75-41 victory over Golden West in the Beach Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 22. The win marked a season-high in points as well as total yardage for LBCC as the team finished with 732 total yards.
The Vikings began the game strong as they managed to score the game’s first touchdown in under two minutes with a 39-yard run by freshman running back Darren Johnson. LBCC capped off the first quarter with a 71-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Anterio Bateman as the Vikings scored 21 unanswered points in the opening quarter.
Bateman said, “The offensive line did a great job opening lanes for me, so it made my job a lot easier.
Felt good throughout, but I never thought I’d have this type of game.”
The Vikings were angry and vocal on the sideline before as well as throughout the game as multiple players kept reminding each other that they were not one of the four regional teams selected for the playoffs. Of the four teams selected to the Southern California Football Association playoffs, conference rival Mt. San Antonio was chosen, even though the Vikings upset the then-nationally second-ranked team earlier in the season.
LBCC cruised to a 48-14 halftime lead, which allowed both the second- and third-string players ample playing time. Golden West scored the bulk of its 45 points in the third quarter as the Rustlers amassed 27 points.
Leading the way for the LBCC offense was sophomore quarterback Kenny Potter who threw for 381 passing yards and totaled five touchdowns and also took Beach Bowl MVP honors. Bateman had his best game as a Viking as he ran for a season-high 215 yards while adding two touchdowns as he was the
Beach Bowl Player of the Game.
LBCC coach Brett Peabody, “We knew we belonged in the playoffs, but we still managed to focus on our opponents and played the way we know how to.”
With the season over, the Vikings will be left without a few key offensive players for the 2015 season.
Potter, sophomore quarterback Brock Dale as well as sophomore standout wide receivers Josiah Blandin and De’Quan Hampton are all likely moving on as they have been offered Division 1 scholarships.