Homecoming Football: La Jolla High School Vikings sweep Kearny Comets, 34-6

By Michael Ragovin

The La Jolla High School Vikings came ready to rumble Nov. 2, 2012 at its homecoming game and won 34-6. They took the opening kickoff and marched 69 yards for a touchdown scored by Kenneth Martey on a 3-yard run against the Kearny High School Komets.

Kearny was called for several penalties contributing substantially to the La Jolla cause. Sergio Ortiz kicked the extra point and the score was 7-0. The following kickoff went out of the end zone for a touchback and Kearny started from their own 20-yard line.

Kearny did not make a first down and had to punt with the Vikings taking over on their own 45-yard line. A 30-yard pass reception to Nic Skala from David McColl put the ball on the Kearny 3-yard line. From there Cameron Baggett scored on a plunge up the middle. Sergio Ortiz added another extra point making the score 14-0.

In the second quarter, La Jolla recovered a fumble on the Kearny 25-yard line. Eric Tims caught an 18-yard pass from McColl and on the next play; Tims ran the remaining two yards for a touchdown.

The extra point failed. The Komets returned the La Jolla kick off 43 yards to the Viking’s 44. Kearny scored on the very next play with a 44-yard run. The extra point was not good. Kearny attempted an onside kick, which they recovered, but couldn’t keep the chains moving because a Komet receiver failed to hold on to a pass that would have been a 23-yard gain and a first down.

Just before the end of the half, the Komets intercepted a McColl pass on the La Jolla 40-yard line. Kearny could not push it across and the half ended with the ball on the Viking’s two. Score at half time: La Jolla 20, Kearny 6.

The La Jolla defense blanked the Komets in the second half while the Viking offense was able to score two more touchdowns. An 11-yard Reid Martin run and a 14-yard pass reception by Tyler de la Torre from David McColl closed out the scoring.

Reid Martin running for 105 yards on 17 carries, and Kenneth Martey gaining 82 yards on 12 carries, turned in outstanding performances.

McColl completed four passes while attempting eight with one TD and one interception. The defense was very strong holding Kearny to just 6 points.

The homecoming victory closes out the La Jolla season with three wins and seven losses. In the last two Viking wins, they scored 90 points while allowing only 12.

Looks like something to build on for 2013.

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