SAMO Football Wins for Homecoming Crowd

From Left to right Ian Gomez from the Santa Monica High School Varsity football team along with teammate Anthony Castillo run forward to tackle Joesph Taylor III from Hawthorne High School. Photos: Morgan Genser.

Vikings defeat Hawthorne High School on homecoming night.

By Chad Winthrop

In front of a large homecoming crowd, the Santa Monica Vikings football squad scored 29 points and limited the visiting Hawthorne Cougars to 21 in the Vikings league win on Friday, October 5.

Santa Monica Melvin Hicks carries the football down the field while chased by Hawthrone’s Jeremiah Elima.

The Santa Monica offense was led by junior Donovan Parks, who scored two touchdowns for 164 yards. Seniors Melvin Hicks and Kobe White picked up touchdowns of their own as well.

Quarterback Anthony Arnou passed for 286 yards at a 50 percent clip, averaging 23.8 yards per play.

Members of the Santa Monica High School homecoming court pose together during halftime, including Ryan Chien & Sheena Sandhu (center), King and Queen of homecoming.

Seniors Eddie Saldana and Dwayne Davison led the defense for Santa Monica, picking up six and five tackles each.

The Vikings now possess a 3-4 record. They play next when they travel to Lawndale for a Ocean battle on Friday, October 12. Santa Monica will play a Cardinals squad coming off a 34-27 league win over Culver City (Culver City, CA). The Cardinals record now stands at 5-2.

Members of the Santa Monica High School Varsity football team raise their helmets as they celebrate their victory over Hawthorne High School.