Until the third meeting between the Santa Monica High School and St. Monica High School football teams, there seemed to be no clear-cut leader that emerged.

But Santa Monica changed all that with a dominating 48-6 non-league victory over the Mariners Friday, September 30th.

In the first battle between the two Santa Monica high schools, St. Monica took away the glory with a victory over the Vikings.

But Santa Monica came back with a vengeance last year and earned the win over the Mariners.

While the two teams traded victories in their first match-ups, there was no disputing which team had the edge in this year’s game at Santa Monica College Corsair Field.

The Vikings (3-1), who scored touchdowns in their first six drives of the game, were on their way to victory by the end of the first quarter with a 34-0 lead.

“I think we played our hardest,” Vikings coach Mike Burnett said of the overwhelming victory. “I’m proud of the kids. They came out from the start and played hard.”

St. Monica (1-3) entered the game following two consecutive shutout defeats and narrowly escaped a third straight shutout by scoring its lone touchdown against the Vikings at the end of the first half.

The Mariners have a much smaller school enrollment and were plagued with injuries to five players before the game, including top senior tailback Vince Valdez, but coach Jason Strouse did not make excuses and gave the credit to the opponent.

“That is a great football team,” Strouse said of the Vikings. “They’re well coached and well prepared and they’ve been working up to that for many seasons.”

Not only were the Vikings ready to prove which team was tops in the city, but they were also wanting to make up for a close loss to rival Venice High School a week earlier.

“We came off a tough loss last week and all the players were real fired up,” said Viking junior running back Louis Adeyemi, who finished with seven carries for 70 yards rushing and three touchdowns.