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Football Holds on to Crosstown Cup After Cerritos Victory

2019 Homecoming/Crosstown Cup win (Photo by John Fajardo)
2019 Homecoming/Crosstown Cup win (Photo by John Fajardo)

The No. 19 Long Beach City College football team took down No. 10 Cerritos College in a 36-24 win for the Crosstown Cup and 2019 Vikings Homecoming victory. With the win, the Vikings advance to 3-2 overall.

The Vikings offense was unstoppable against the Falcons as they totaled 368 yards and averaged 254 yards in the air and 114 yards on the ground. On the defensive side, sophomore linebacker DeAnthony Jones led the team with nine tackles, two sacks and 22 total yards lost for the Falcons.

The Falcons were first on the board with a 41-yard field goal in the first quarter. Freshman wide receiver Zack Leets responded for the Vikings with a 13-yard pass from freshman quarterback Derrach West for the Vikings' first touchdown. Cerritos ended the quarter with team safety to only trail the Vikings 5-6.

In the second quarter, the Falcons hit back-to-back field goals to take the lead over the Vikings 11-6. Freshman running back Jonathan Watson then scored a touchdown to end the half with the 12-11 lead for Long Beach.

Watson came back in the third quarter with a 29-yard run to extend the Vikings' lead 19-11. Then freshman kicker Alfredo Flores his a 25-yard field goal to bring the Vikings up to 22 points.

In the fourth quarter, sophomore running back Talaun Patton made his way into the Falcons' endzone to extend the lead 29-19. The Falcons answered back with a nine-yard run to try and close the gap, but then freshman defensive back Isaiah Hobson made a 61-yard interception return to add more points on the board for the Vikings. Cerritos scored one more touchdown with the final minute of the game, but it wasn't enough to stop the Vikings.

Long Beach ended the game with the 36-24 Homecoming and Crosstown Cup win. The Vikings will play again on Saturday, Oct. 19 against East Los Angeles College in their first conference game of the season at 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium.