September 24, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Samohi Vikings Clinch Ocean League Title; Ready For Playoffs:

Santa Monica High School (6-3) Football Head Coach Travis Clark and the Vikings have weathered the storm clinching the Ocean League title 4-0 for the second year in a row to assure them the top spot a week before they sail into the CIF Southern Section Western Division IV playoffs.

Clark and the Vikings cemented the Ocean League crown last Friday with a 39-10 win over a higher ranked Inglewood (6-3) team dropping the Sentinels to 3-1 in league play to eliminate the last real challenge standing in the way of Santa Monica High School to capture a league title.

For Santa Monica High School’s last game of the regular season, they play what should be an easy league game against Hawthorne (1-8) this weekend.

But the ship to success hasn’t always had smooth sailing for Clark and the Vikings who found themselves rocking in murky waters for a few games early in the season.

Clark knew full well that his team would have to grind through non-conference Division 1 heavyweights Mater Dei (7-2), Valencia (6-3), and Hart (7-2) before climbing to the crest of the wave to continue the joyride again.

Battling these top-notch teams may have helped to develop Santa Monica’s offensive and defensive lines as well as contributing to the Vikings recent victory over Inglewood.

“Our victory over Inglewood was won in the trenches,” said Clark. “Our linemen controlled the line of scrimmage and both sides of the ball and have been getting better every week. It was very encouraging moving forward for them to manhandle the other team and win on the road.”

Clark believes that the path he set forward for the Vikings early in the season has taught them to be hungry, and that Santa Monica High School was given the opportunity to play against some of the best teams in Southern California.

A solid foundation gained from these experiences should push the Vikings far in the playoffs.

“In playoff football we are going to play teams like Hart and Valencia but I don’t think we’ll see another team like Mater Dei,” said Clark. “Chaminade, Lompoc, and Serra are probably equivalent to Valencia or Hart and everybody else is pretty much the same. Our goal is to play one of those guys if they are the last ones standing, and I think that we are going to be able to go back and take from our experience and apply some of our knowledge to be better prepared when we play these games.”

Clark finds it odd that the Vikings are still improving late in the season but is happy that his team has been able to overcome some emotional obstacles that hindered the performance of the Vikings earlier in the season and that they have been able to grow as a team.

“This team is still improving and I think the guys are starting to believe in one another,” said Clark. “Some of these guys have never won much so this is a great feeling for them. I’m looking forward to seeing what these guys can do.”

Next game for the Vikings is home against Hawthorne Friday, Nov. 2 with the first round of the CIF playoffs kicking off the following week.

in News
Related Posts

Santa Monica Loses Vegan Restaurant

September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

Space housing Santa Monica vegan restaurant Viva Vegan up for lease By Sam Catanzaro A vegan restaurant in Santa Monica...

Risks Posed by Wildfire Smoke

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

UCLA pulmonologist on how people can tell if the wildfires are making them sick By Toi Creel Even if you...

Will Los Angeles County See Another Spike in COVID-19 Cases?

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

County health officials keeping close eye on data this week By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles County health officials are monitoring...

Edify TV: Santa Monica Fire Department Fighting Blazes Across State

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

The Santa Monica Fire Department has been busy helping combat wildfires burning throughout the state. Learn more in this video...

Lawmakers and Residents Take Steps Towards Police Reform

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Santa Monica residents will soon have more control of policing after local lawmakers took significant steps to reform the Santa...

2020 Census Due September 30th: Santa Monica Beat – September, 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * 2020 Census Due September 30th * Bobcat Fire Reaches Historical Size...

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica Offers Free “Living With Diabetes” Zoom Patient Conference

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

By Staff Writer Although the novel coronavirus has dominated the health space this year, other diseases — like diabetes —...

SMa.r.t. Column: Spending and Pension Policies Are Undermining Our City’s Future

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Our guest columnist this week is Marc L. Verville. He is a native of Santa Monica, now lives in Sunset...

4.6 Quake Felt in Santa Monica

September 19, 2020

September 19, 2020

4.6 magnitude quake recorded Friday night By Sam Catanzaro A 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck the San Gabriel Valley Friday sending...

Edify TV: Miramar Santa Monica Redevelopment

September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

The Santa Monica skyline may look different in the future with a major redevelopment of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel &...

‘Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’ Mansion For Rent On AirBnb

September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

Today on Westside Cribz, 30th anniversary of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” Airbnb is renting out the mansion for...

SMMUSD Kindergarten Enrollment Down 20% : Santa Monica Beat – September, 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * SMMUSD Kindergarten Enrollment Down 20% * As Covid-19 Cases Drop Will...

Edify TV: Sit-down Dining Safety?

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Despite a recent CDC report stating the risks of in-person dining, many Westside restaurant patrons feel the experience is safe....

Sur La Table Closing Santa Monica Location

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

1930s building listed for lease By Sam Catanzaro Sur La Table, the popular kitchenware retail chain, is closing its downtown...

Death by Suicide at Santa Monica Place

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

Man dies by suicide Wednesday morning By Sam Catanzaro A man died by suicide at Santa Monica Place mall Wednesday....