Viking Football going to State

Team looks for a W in rematch against Stevenson


Lee Junious, Sports Writer

The long awaited State berth for football is finally here as the team defeated Simeon in a tight 35-28 victory. The game was close throughout but in the final 2 minutes Deante Harley-Hampton sealed the game by capping a 12-play drive with a 2 yard touchdown.

After that Simeon could not hit back and the team was free to celebrate what the school has been waiting decades for: a state championship berth.

But they still have one more game to win. They have the Stevenson Patriots to look forward to Saturday, and it couldn’t be a better match-up for a heated championship game.

The rivaled Patriots defeated the Vikings in the second game of the season 33-24.

The Vikings will not change up any schemes, according to defensive lineman Kaylen Luna.

“We shot ourselves in the foot that game and we have grown together. We are a different team,” Luna said.

And the statistics definitely back that up, especially offensively. Since that lost to Stevenson, the Vikings have averaged just over 44 points a game and never scored fewer than 25 points.

A large part of that has to do with both Deante and Devante Harley-Hampton, who have 20+ touchdowns this season.

The real test however will be in how the defensive line perform,s according to lineman Desmond Bland.

“This game will be won or lost in the trenches,” Bland said, “We have to dominate the line of scrimmage.”