The Santa Monica High School Vikings may have fallen short in their bid for an Ocean League title, but they earned a spot in the Southern Section playoffs after a dominating 49-7 victory over visiting Hawthorne High School Friday, November 14th.
After losing their only two games of the season in league play, the Vikings (8-2, 3-2) finished in third place in the league standings.
Santa Monica received a berth in the post season by winning its final three league games.
In the game against Hawthorne, running back Christian Ross racked up five touchdowns on 160 yards rushing for Santa Monica, which had a 35-0 lead at halftime.
The Vikings will play at Warren High School of Downey in the first round of the Southern Section playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday, November 21st.
The St. Monica High School Mariners finished the season by putting to end a 37-game losing streak that dated back to the 2005 season.
The streak was erased by the Mariners with a 21-19 victory over host Salesian High School in a Santa Fe League game Friday, November 14th.
After taking a 14-12 lead into halftime, the Mariners (1-8, 1-3) held on to close the season on a high.
Running back Hector Santiesteban led St. Monica with 23 carries for 137 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the victory. Quarterback Joe Giesregen finished two-of-nine passing for 85 yards.
The Mariners ended the year in fourth place in the Santa Fe League standings.
The St. Bernard High School Vikings ended the season in fourth place in the Del Rey League after a 43-27 victory over host Mary Star of the Sea High School Friday, November 14th.
After the Vikings went into halftime with a convincing 28-6 lead, Mary Star fought back to cut the deficit to 28-20, but St. Bernard secured the victory with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Running back Ryan Richard finished with 20 carries for 176 yards rushing and two touchdowns and quarterback Malcolm Mitchell completed nine-of-25 passes for 115 yards.
Wide receiver Jarrad Shaw had five catches for 79 yards. Justin Whitted led the St. Bernard defense with 11 tackles.
The Vikings finished the year with a 3-7 overall record and 1-3 record in the league.