VALLE VISTA LEAGUE
NORTHVIEW 31, COVINA 28
By Steve Ramirez
COVINA –The Covina city championship trophy that the Northview and Covina high school football teams play for annually is not going anywhere.
The Vikings made sure of it Thursday night in the most shocking of circumstances.
Senior running back Bryan Salinas rushed for 160 yards and Jared Brito bulldozed his way into the end zone on a 25-yard catch-and-run during the middle of the fourth quarter as Northview rallied from 21 points down to score a 31-28 victory at Covina District Field to beat Covina for the second-consecutive season.
Damian Lavin rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings, who improved to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the Valle Vista League. Quarterback Peter Vandereb threw for 101 yards and two scores.
Darren Torres accounted for 204 yards and three touchdowns for Covina, which slipped to 2-4 and 0-2. Pearnell Smalley IV rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown. The Colts, who led 28-7 in the second quarter, drove to Northview’s 49 with less than a minute to play. But Torres was stopped a yard short of a first down at the Viking’ 40 on a fourth-down run with 41 seconds left.
Northview coach Marcel Perez: “We just started playing like a team. (Ybarra and Salinas) really stepped it up. And (Brito) made a big play. Big players make big plays, and he’s one of our big guys. Thank God for him.”
Covina coach Joe Brown: “I give Northview credit. They kept playing. But we gave it away, plain and simple. We didn’t challenge them, like in the first half. We just didn’t do all the little things like we did in the first half. We thought we could rest on it, and in football, you can’t, especially against a good team.”
Northview’s Bryan Salinas: “We just didn’t give up. We went to the locker room and told everyone that it’s time to step up. We all did that and executed.”
Azusa 57, Ganesha 27
The Aztecs showed their ready to get back to the top of the league race with their second consecutive victory.
Jose Ledesma completed 7 of 9 passes for 177 yards and four touchdowns to lead Azusa, which improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in league play.
Donavon Davis rushed for 290 yards and four touchdowns for the Giants, who slipped to 1-4 and 0-2.
Azusa coach Joe Scherf: Not making the playoffs last year is right behind my kids all the time. We didn’t deserve to make the playoffs last year, but that was the first time since I’ve been head coach we didn’t make it and there is a hunger there now.”