Both Santa Monica and Venice high schools are enjoying football success this season as both see themselves in the midst of win streaks and leaders of their respective leagues.
The Vikings of Santa Monica (4-3, 2-0) will try to win their third game in a row as they take on Culver City High School in an Ocean League game at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at Santa Monica College.
The team is coming off a 24-14 victory over Beverly Hills High School Oct. 12.
The Vikings have rebounded from a tough stretch over Mater Dei, Valencia and Hart high schools in which the club was outscored 133-20 combined in those games.
Culver City has a dismal 1-3 road record this season. The Vikings will try and exploit that Oct. 19 to increase their home record to 2-1 and go two games above .500.
The Venice High School Gondoliers (5-2, 2-0) have also been on a high this season, having won four straight games, including two Western League games against Westchester High School and Hamilton High School by a combined score of 120-0.
“We have fast, dynamic players on both sides of the ball,” said Head Coach Angelo Gasca. “We throw the ball around a little bit on offense, creating great running lanes. And on defense, we also have an attacking mentality, swarming to the ball and causing problems for opposing offensives.”
The Gondoliers lost two of their first three games, but have turned their momentum around to go on a winning streak.
“We had to get back to playing Venice football,” said Gasca. “We want to play as hard and smart as we possibly can. If we do that, we have a chance to be in any ball game.”
Venice will next face a University High School (2-5, 1-1) team that defeated Westchester 28-8, but has struggled for much of the season. The Western League game is however, at University High School, giving the Gondoliers its third straight road test, at 7 p.m. Oct. 19. §

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