The No. 12 Long Beach City College football team defeated the Moorpark Raiders 58-35 on Saturday evening at Veterans Memorial Stadium. With the triumphant win, Vikings advance to 6-2 overall and are undefeated in conference action with a 3-0 record.
This is Head Coach Brett Peabody's 50th career win with the Vikings. He is now in his seventh season and continues to move the football program to greater heights.
Sophomore wide receiver Zion Bowens opened the game with back-to-back touchdowns and totaled 70 yards in the air to start off the first quarter. Freshman quarterback Derrach West sealed the first quarter 21-0 shutout with a 12-yard run.
The Raiders got on the board in the second quarter, but freshman wide receiver Zack Leets was quick to answer back with a 23-yard touchdown pass from West. The Raiders scored again at 6:26, so the Vikings cranked out a 31-yard field goal from freshman kicker Alfredo Flores to hold on to the lead 31-14.
Sophomore linebacker D'Anthony Jones got a taste of offense as he recovered a Raiders fumble in the endzone to score for the Vikings. Jones was unstoppable on defense all game long as he led the Vikings with nine tackles and had three sacks for a loss of 12-yards.
The Vikings kept the offensive pressure in the second quarter as freshman wide receiver Julian Woodard caught a seven-yard flyer from West to close out the half with the 45-14 lead over Moorpark.
The Vikings allowed the Raiders to score in the third quarter, and then brought back the pressure in the fourth. Woodard dominated in the air again with 20-yard touchdown pass to bring the Vikings up to 51-21. The Raiders put up seven more points, but the Vikings came down again with an eight-yard run from freshman running back Keathon Jasso. Moorpark made one last touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game, but the Vikings still had the lead and remained victorious with the 58-35 conference win.
The Long Beach City College Vikings will return to the field on Saturday, Nov. 9 at College of Canyons at 6 p.m.