November 16, 2017 • Volume 91 • Issue 5 • Published since 1927
Student trustee dreams of U.S. presidency Jorgel Chavez plans to run for highest office — News, page 2
Photo by Amanda Rodriguez/Viking
Students remember veteran — News, page 3
Students search for potential jobs at Culinary Arts Career Fair — Citystyle, page 4 Photo by Maila bringas/Viking
Pajama Jam jams for homeless — Citystyle, page 5 Concussion fear affects athletes — Sports, page 7
November 16, 2017
President Jorgel Chavez in 2040? Story by Gabby Castro and genesis campano Viking staff @thatgabbygabby @gkcampano Student Trustee Jorgel Chavez announced in the journalism newswriting and reporting class he plans to run for president of the U.S. in 2040 elections. During his visit to the class Thursday, Nov. 9, Chavez shared his journey through where he is now. Chavez used to live in Mexico until his family moved to the U.S. He graduated from Bell Gardens High School and attended San Francisco State as the first generation in his family to attend college. He returned home, attended LBCC during Spring 2016 and is now enrolled into his fourth semester at LBCC as a double major in communications and political science.
Chavez has always Body Cabinet and the been involved in politics Board of Trustees. growing up. He was a part ASB President of the State Sen. Ricardo Javier Salcedo, 21, Lara’s Young Senators Propolitical science and gram and the Young Legeconomic major, said, islator Program organized “He has a 3.9 GPA by Assemblymember Crisso he knows how to tina Garcia. manage his time. He He also had the opporhas one of the most tunity to have Jose J. Menbooked and busiest doza, who is now the mayschedule in the Cabor of Bell Gardens, as his inet.” seventh and eighth grade At LBCC, Chavez teacher who appointed serves as the Senate Chavez to the Recreation, representative for the Jorgel Chavez Cultural and Youth ComAlpha Gamma Sigma Student trustee mission. honor society Kappa “I’m still a student. I take Chapter, as well as the 19 units,” Chavez explained as he discussed vice president of communications for Phi what it is like to still be a student while Theta Kappa, Beta Tau Chapter, another serving roles in the Associated Student honor society.
Chavez remembered what it was like when he first joined the Board of Trustees. “It was difficult because you must be updated. I didn’t know if I was part of the Board or not.” ASB Vice President Edwin Martinez, 19, a molecular and cell biology major, said, “He is very educated when it comes to politics and government. He knows his stuff really well.” Martinez also mentioned Chavez works in an after-school program with elementary and middle school kids. “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” Chavez explained to the class. Chavez told the class he wants to be known as someone who “stirred the pot.” He explained that not many Hispanics are role models children could admire. He wants to be known as someone who is able to do something for the people.
HBCUs visit transfer hopefuls Students
prepare for transfer
HOPEFUL: Jaelin St. Clair, an English and creative writing major, receives information from a representative from Bethune-Cookman University on the possibility of transferring.
Story by Randi Linke Opinion editor @randilinke
Story and Photo by Josh Avendano News editor @josh_avendano
the event, giving helpful information to curious students looking to better themselves, participants said.
Students say October and November can be stressful months for students looking to transfer, so to make transferring easier, LBCC was visited by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Jaelin St. Clair, 23, an English and creative writing major, attended the day’s event looking for a better opportunity: “I am here today to look for opportunities for a better future. I got to talk with a few universities today and it’s very helpful and it gives diverse people a chance to make a better future with a great education.” Over 15 universities, including Southern University, Alabama State University and Grambling State University, attended
“It’s very helpful and it gives diverse people a chance to make a better future with a great education.” -Jaelin St. Clair English major
Arynn Auzout Settle, the program coordinator for HBCU, was in attendance to help more hopeful transfers: “We are having our last stop for HBCU. We are a transfer-guarantee program for the chancellor’s
office. We started off with 22 schools and have grown to 35. We just want students to know that this is another option for transferring.” To qualify for a HBCU transfer, a student will need at least 60 transferable units with a GPA of 2.5, officials said. Students may also opt to transfer with 30 or more units, they said. Isaiah Nelson, 21, a communications major, is in his final months at LBCC and hopes to transfer soon: “I just came to look, it’s a humbling experience.” Enrollment specialist Judith Quilation commented on the successful day: “The goal of this event was to introduce our students to different HBCUs and to let them know about the different schools and opportunities they have.”
Many LBCC students are attending their last classes before having to make the big decision on where to go next. Students say they are already stressed with midterms and homework, however many are now facing an even bigger stress. With Nov. 30 being the deadline for Cal State transfer applications, students spoke Tuesday, Nov. 7, about their plans are for the future. Narae Kim, 20, an economics major at LBCC, said, “I’m just going to apply to all Cal States in the L.A. area since I want to stay close to my family and friends.” When speaking about the transferring process, Kim said, “I’m probably about half way done with my applications. I should be finished, but I have been procrastinating.” Brianna Yi, 20, a sociology major, said she has not begun her application process yet. “I know where I want to apply and what I want my essay to be on,” Yi said, “I just am hoping I get accepted by Cal State Long Beach.” The application filing has been ope since Oct. 1, nonetheless it seems as though LBCC student have been caught up with their busy schedules to begin submitting the life -changing decision. For information about transferring, students may visit the Transfer Center in LAC’s Building A or call (562) 938-4670.
November 16, 2017
Afghan war vet, Resource fair provides student, 58, dies services for veterans Story by Hannah Robison Viking Staff @hannahlbcc
LBCC student Arnold Evan James Jr. died Saturday, Nov 4 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach. He was 58. James was a criminal justice major hoping to pursue a career in law enforcement. Before changing his major to criminal justice, he was a journalism major Arnold James and a staff memFormer reporter ber of the Viking News. Former journalism student Jesus Hernandez, 28, said, “I met (A.J.) when I joined (the Viking staff) as an online editor. He motivated me to move forward and stick with the Viking. He was very supportive… (and) he’d talk to me about what was bothering him. He just needed somebody to talk to.” James was also a military veteran who fought in Afghanistan. James Sr. said, “Af-
ter he came back home from the war in Afghanistan, he just wasn’t the same. The war really affected him. After you go off to training, they teach you how to kill people. He was never the same after that.” James David Martinez, a Veterans adviser and Veteran Services officer at LBCC, said James Jr. was active in the Veterans Club and often participated in outdoor activities with the group. James Sr. added, “He liked education and loved to learn. He could read a book a day. That’s something I wish I could say I did. … He just received a book in the mail (about combatting zones) called ‘Cheating Death’.” Viking News adviser Patrick McKean said, “Arnold James (A.J.) was a dedicated student on the Viking newspaper and City magazine for several semesters and always contributed worthy material for publication. His dad, Arnold James (Sr.), often framed important photos that we proudly display in our classrooms and offices.” James Jr’s father said he died of kidney and liver diseases. A funeral service is planned for Saturday, Jan. 13, at a church in Cypress, his father said.
Support includes assistance with housing, health and service dogs. Story by Hannah Robison Viking Staff @hannahlbc
The Long Beach Veterans Resource Fair included help with housing, legal and mental-health issues, medical services and service dog organizations at the LAC on Wednesday, Nov. 15. About 30 booths were placed at the event to give information for veterans, ranging from animal-companion services to career and transfer information. The fair was hosted by Outside the Wire through the Veterans Services Office. Sandy Khim, 30, a business major, said, “My husband’s a veteran (so) I’m here to get information for him. This is my perfect opportunity because everything’s here.” James David Martinez, a veterans adviser and Veteran Services officer at LBCC, explained the annual event is organized by interns from the USC School of Social Work.
One such intern, Sarah Ornelas said, “The idea is to get all these resources for veterans in one location.” Some booths focused on improving veterans’ emotional and mental well-being. Carlos Casados, a hypnotherapist, explained, “I help people manage trauma. With a coach you can help people with those underlying problems.” E. Caroline Friedrich Vogel, a counselor and founder of kilabo services, said her company tailors to individual needs of veterans or others looking to improve their “physical, mental and emotional health.” Other booths included the California National Guard, Mental Health America of Los Angeles, The Salvation Army, the Vet Center, Friends of Long Beach Animals and Canine Companions for Independence. Resources are also available at LBCC for veterans, including the Disabled Student Services.
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November 16, 2017
Career fair exclusive for cuisine Employers provide resources for potential chefs and servers.
Story and photos by Maila Bringas Citystyle Co-editor @ItsMsBee Future culinary associates and students gathered Thursday, Nov. 6 for the Culinary Arts Career Fair in LAC. The event was to provide information to instructors and students alike who want to pursue the culinary field and learn more about what they can do about their future in the industry. Jennifer Marquez, 19, was one of the students who attended and majoring in Baking and Pastry Arts. “I’m hoping to find potential jobs and new career options.” Marquez said. “It’s interesting and I also get to see what I could do with more experience in the field.” Among the participants were the LBCC Culinary Arts department chefs and their students, taking time to let them know about what they could do now about their experiences. Chef Instructor Colleen Wong said she also hoped that the event gave exposure not only to their programs, but for the students as well on the means of professionalism. “I hope exposure for our campus since (culinary arts) isn’t too known around here.” Wong said. “It’s also good for the stu-
dents since they get exposures in different fields, exposures to on-spot interviews and all things accumulated from professionalism.” Big name companies such as Hilton Hotels, Stone-fire Grill Inc., Panda Restaurant Group, Inc, Disney Parks and Resorts and Porto’s Bakery & Café were in attendance to provide the event with information about their companies. Included to the fair were information about jobs available for the current year and expanded work territories such as assistant chef, food preps and even food marketing possibilities. Jay Khoon, 63, is a culinary major and said that people who get to experience this today are lucky since they would be able to find resources quickly. “We didn’t have this growing up.” Khoon said. “Even though I am only doing this for personal satisfaction, it’s great to see new job markets and how it’s different from institutional cooking since you could use (the job resource) to help yourself.” Other than Culinary Arts, the program includes Baking and Pastry Arts in its associate or certification opportunities for intensive professional and practical experience. For more information about the department, students may speak to a counselor in building A or email general questions for the department head Haley Nguyen in firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD FACTS: Jennifer Marquez, above right, inquires with an employer. A group of students, below, talk with another representative.
‘The Swan’ flies into Lifetime Center Story and photos by Randi Linke Opinion editor @randilinke
HISTORICAL NOVEL: Maniya Saee, right, signs a book for one of the students from the Lifetime Learning Program at the PCC.
Premiering her latest novel, “The Swan” Maniya Saee hosted a book signing at the LBCC Lifetime Learning Center at the PCC on Tuesday, Nov. 14. With a doctorate degree in history from the University of Frankfurt, Saee wrote“The Swan,” a historical novel. The book-signing began with a duo of a violinist and pianist playing a series of classical music, which gave a feel to the audience a sense of the book. “Piano plays a huge part in the novel,” Saee said after the duo finished their pieces. Saee passionately gave a summary of her story, expressing the main character and their brother and the struggles they faced throughout the novel traveling and suffering a mental illness together. Saee cut herself short before giving too much of the book away: “I’m going to stop since you can purchase the book and find out yourself,” she said while laughing with the audience. Saee expressed how her novel is sold in three languages; English, Persian and German. “One of my best friends want-
ed to translate my book to German, Saee said:“We did it together, so I let her include her name on my novel.” Saee said she used her mother’s name, Banoo Mehr, for the author of the book to honor her. She also used the name because of the political environment in Iran. The book is available for purchase on Amazon.
November 16, 2017
Pajama Jam helps the homeless
KLBC Radio hosts fundraiser with fun.
Story and Photo by Irene brizuela Viking Staff @dear_ireene KLBC Radio Station and KLBC Radio Club hosted a Pajama Jam fundraiser for homeless students on campus, on Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the LAC Fishbowl. Organizers sold tickets for an opportunity drawing for gift baskets made by the radio students. A blues band, Mighty Mojo, donated a basket with signed vinyls and CD's, as well as a hat and a T-shirt of the band. Another student, who sells Avon, donated candles, bases and decorations. Erika Navarro, 25, a communications major and KLBC member, said, “I feel the Pajama Jam is a fun experience and the people are into it. Besides, it’s for a great cause and they can use the help.” Lee Brey, KLBC Radio Club president, said, “This is the third time this fundraiser takes place. There is a high number of homeless students on campus and people don’t do anything for them. With what we raise we are going to donate to the organi-
MUSICAL CHAIRS: Lee Brey, KLBC Radio Club president, gets students together for the Pajama Jam on Wednesday, Nov.15,
zations helping out homeless students.” Athena Wiseman, 52, a film and radio major and KLBC Club member, said, “I’m glad we’re doing a fundraiser for the homeless to give back. Anything God blesses you with, you should give back no matter how small it is. You have to help people along the way.”
Ken Borgers, KLBC and KCTY adviser and radio program teacher said, "Homeless students blend in with other students. They shower in the gym or clean up in the restrooms. If the students aren't homeless, they are either living in their cars or living on a friend's couch.” Guest DJ, Travon “DJ Spinn” Young,
26, DJ producer for Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, said, “I came to help support my friend (Lee Brey). I think what they’re doing here is for a good cause. It’s my second time coming to this event and I enjoy coming to LBCC to entertain the students.”
Bookstore hosts College Con
Students want comfy lounge
The love for comics brings people together. It allows people to debate about various comics and gush about their love for the many different characters. Barnes and Noble Bookstore sponsored its first LBCC College Con on Tuesday, Oct. 31, where students gathered and shared their love of comics and anime. Oscar Raigoza, 24, a nursing major, attended the event after coming into the store to buy some supplies. Raigoza said, “I haven’t heard about this and I love this stuff. It’s fun to meet other people who have similar interest in comics.” The event was to celebrate the joys of graphic novels, manga and everything heroic. For the day, activities included coloring, a photo booth, games, trivia and giveaways. Dana Heathcott, general manager of the student stores at both the LAC and PCC created the event as a way to bring students together. Heathcott said, “We want to celebrate all things comic related and give students a chance to see the comic side of things.”
LBCC students complained about the Nordic Lounge falling apart, as new buildings at LAC are being renovated for educational purposes and not for college experience. As LBCC is building and renovating old building in LAC and expanding programs, students are still conflicted the college is not providing them a comfortable environment. Melissa Salazar, 20, a fashion design major, said, “Whenever I come here at the lounge it’s mostly to hang out with friends and relax before going to class. I have a lot of complains such as the couches for being too old and dirty especially the floors since it has so many questionable stains and the power cords don’t work at all because they’re destroyed.” Sherrice Perrie, 20, also a fashion design major, said, “It gets too crowded especially in the Fall semester when everyone wanted a safe comfortable place to hang out, meet new people and rest before going to class.”
Student store hosts first College Con for comic and manga fans.
Story and photo by Josh Avendano News editor @josh_avendano
For their love for comics, students planned ahead for College Con. Jose Nava, 22, an art major, said, “I just wanted to take a quick look and I ended up staying for a majority of the time and playing trivia and doing some coloring.” Best friends Christina Alejo, 26, a culinary arts major, and Virginia Granados, 26, an administrative assistant major attended College Con as their mutual love for comics brought them closer. Granados said, “We actually planned to
come together because of our mutual love for magnas. They were always an interest of mine.” Alejo added, “I wanted to come with Virginia. I also like coloring and magnas. That’s why we became friends.” College Con was a success for the student store as students filtered throughout the day playing games and doing trivia as well as getting to know one another to share their mutual love of comics and mangas.
COLOR CON: Christina Alejo, 26, right, a culinary arts major, admires her friend, Virginia Granados, 26, an administrative assistant major, spend their time coloring during College Con.
Story By Gabby Castro Viking Staff @thatgabbygabby
November 16, 2017
Securing support for homeless We have seen some pretty clever signs that say things like “Available for adoption or donation” or “I listen to your problems for $2.00.” Not the usual “Homeless & hungry. Please help” signs we typically see around. People seem to relate better with signs speaking about problems and mental issues rather than signs explaining problems many students have such as no roof over their head or no food and water for their daily needs. We're all too familiar with the homeless community that surrounds us. And when a homeless person approaches us on the street and asks us for money, we do not always feel like sharing our hard-earned dollar. Sometimes, we’re hesitant to give them a few dollars because we do not want to contribute to an alcohol or drug addiction they may have. Sometimes, we’re simply not carrying cash on us and we say no to that poor, old man in need. Research shows veterans are 50 percent
more likely to become homeless than other Americans due to poverty, lack of support networks and social isolation. Youth under 24 years old make up about 3 percent of the homeless community. Many people live on the streets without food, water, shelter or other daily necessities. Different reasons factor into young people becoming homeless. Sometimes, it's poverty, unemployment, poor physical or mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse and family or relationship breakdowns. If we really take a moment to stop and think about what it feels like to be in their shoes, it feels horrible. For those of us who have a warm, cozy bed every night and a roof over our heads when it rains, we can only imagine how difficult it is for others to get by. Some students on campus struggle to get by with food and shelter as well. LBCC has many programs that students and employees organize to help the homeless.
also provides resources for students with a valid ID card at the health centers on both campuses. They have snacks, water and toiletries for students in need. With the holiday season here, whether we celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas or any other holiday, we should focus more on giving to others who have less than we do. What may define the end of the year for us is spending time with our family and friends, seeing relatives we occasionally see once or twice a year. Food drives for the local homeless shelters, care packages to the brave men and women serving our country and sharing our spare change with a person in need is what this time of year should really be about. This year, we've had one too many tragedies occur, one after another. It would be a positive change to see more people getting involved, especially when we know our community could definitely use the help.
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22, biology “I’m from Guatemala, so we’re doing tamales and chicken but not turkey.”
Patrick Taitingfong 19,engineering “I’m excited for the turkey, especially light meat.”
Ray Williams 27, Real estate “I’m looking forward to the mac and cheese and dressing.”
Carmen Guerrero 18, Criminal justice “I love the mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, but my family doesn’t do turkey like most.”
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Ramone Perez 19, Political science “Tamales for sure. I can’t wait to sleep in on Thanksgiving.”
18, digital media “I am excited for the dressing and the mac and cheese since I will be making it.”
20, business “I can’t wait for the turkey and ham.”
21, culinary arts “The stuffing for sure and my birthday is the day before Thanksgiving so I’m really excited.”
November 16, 2017
Vikes react to concussion fears Football player, soccer coach discuss the dangers of head injuries. Story by Osbiel Montano Viking Staff @osbielmontano Awareness for head injuries in sports has increased greatly over the past decade due to the fact athletes in many contact sports are constantly receiving violent blows to the head that could lead to long term effects like CTE. In a recent study by Dr. Ann McKee, she found of 111 former National Footbal League players 110 of them had some sort of evidence of CTE in their brain. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in people with repeated head trauma. LBCC freshman linebacker Craig Tafua who is redshirting this season with a broken fibula said he is scared of concussions while playing football. Tafua said, “I’ve never had a concussion, but I do feel that the enhanced equipment allows us to hit harder. At a certain point hitting someone becomes a stress reliever.” The sport that has had the most issues with concussions is football, as players are
repeatedly making helmet-to-helmet contact with each other. The LBCC football team works with the training staff to make sure head injuries are being treated properly, coaches said. “Since we don’t know much about concussions now, it’s hard for us to put players back in the game if we suspected they suffered a head injury,” said Justin Caovan, student athletic trainer for the Vikings, on how the decision to allow players to play through head injuries. The way trainers diagnose concussions on the sideline is they have the athlete go through a series of tests that will help conclude if the athlete is suffering a concusCraig Tafau sion One of the tests Freshman trainers put injured linebacker athletes through is the Scat 5, which is a test that analyzes memory and coordination and helps the trainers make a decision on whether they’ve been injured. Football players also go through concussion-education sessions and concussion tests to help players understand what is happening when they suffer head injuries. Concussions in other sports also hap-
Gender separates runners’ distances
Story and photo by Josh Avendano Viking editor @josh_avendano In any stage of cross country from high school to college to even professional races, a difference remains between the men and women: the distance. For Community Colleges, the women compete on a 6-kilometer course while the men usually compete on an 8 or even a 10-kilometer course. Sophomore cross country star Destiny Diaz, 19, of the vikings said she believes men and women should compete over the same distances: “We both work hard, we even train together, it would only be fair that we should compete in the same distances whether we run more or the guys run less.” Year after year at LBCC, the men’s and women’s cross country teams compete in the California Community College Athletic Association State Championships, sometimes both going far toward the championship. Last year was a historic year for the women’s team as they managed to place in the Top 10 in the championships after they
didn’t place in the top 15 overall going in. Freshman Rafael Gonzalez, 18, commented on the difference in distances: “It’s fair that men do a bit more mileage than the women because it allows each sex to be able to compete at a distance they are capable of performing well in. Now, this is not to say that women aren’t capable of running four miles like the men, there are also women out there more capable of running that mileage” On Friday, Nov. 3, the women and men qualified for state chamionships with the women finishing in 7th place with 502 points with Diaz finishing in 61st with a time of 21:17. The men finished in 20th place with 528 with Gonzalez being the top runner for LBCC, finishing in 66th with a time of 22:37.5. The teams will compete Saturday, Nov. 18, at Woodward Park in Fresno. Julio Jimenez, in his fifth season as men’s coach, said, “They both work really hard to get where they are. We have both the men and women practice together and they train the same way. It would only be fair that the distances were to be similar.”
pen, not as frequently as football, but all concussions can lead to bad long-term effects. Viking sport teams all have similar concussion protocols when they susCameron pect a player gets Beaulac Soccer coach hurt, coaches said. Men’s soccer coach Cameron Beaulac acknowledges concussions are becoming more common especially in situations where the player makes contact with the ball or even sometimes the opponent’s head. Every player’s concussion varies as some may take a lot longer to heal, Beaulac said: “We’ve had players miss only the one game they got hurt in and we’ve had guys miss up to two weeks with one.” Problems from concussions may not arise until years later after the injury happened, experts explained, adding symptoms include memory loss, confusion, depression and dementia.
CITY SPORTS Water Polo
The women’s water polo team didn’t win against Golden West on Friday, Nov. 10, with the score being 8-4.The loss moves their overall record to 20 wins and nine losses and ends their season. The men’s water polo team scored big in the first game against Los Angeles Valley, 8-7, and lost the second game against Golden West, 14-12 on Saturday, Nov. 11, in the SoCal Regional championship. The team’s overall record now is 20 wins and six losses and advance to the state championship Final Four. The Vikings travel to San Luis Obispo’s Cuesta College for a 10:30 a.m. semifinal game Friday, Nov.17. Basketball
The Viking men’s basketball team are dribbling into a new season strong with the win against Santa Ana on Thursday, Nov. 9, with the final score being 93-89. The next game will be at Irvine Valley at 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov.16. The Viking women’s basketball team is slam-dunking into the season with a 8275 win over Mt. San Antonio on Sunday, Nov. 5. The Vikings remain undefeated. The next game will be at Palomar College during the annual Comet Classic at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov.17.
November 16, 2017
LBCC holds onto the War Axe With a big win over rival El Camino, the Vikings will advance to the Patriotic Bowl at home. Story and Photo by Osbiel Montano Viking Staff @osbielmontano The Patriotic Bowl will be played at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Veterans Stadium between LBCC and Bakersfield. The Vikings almost saw a 24-point fourth quarter lead disappear as they had to hold off a valiant El Camino comeback to beat the Warriors for the fourth consecutive year, 55-48. The victory marked the Vikings’ third straight National Central Conference championship. The Patriotic Bowl will be the fourth consecutive bowl game appearance under Viking coach Brett Peabody. It seemed like Long Beach had the game wrapped up when sophomore defensive back Tim Tyler scooped up an El Camino fumble and returned it for 48 yards and a score and extended their lead to 24 points
WINNERS: The Vikings pose with the War Axe trophy and honor their fallen player Tim Johnson, who died due to complications from surgery after a car accident, with his No. 65 jersey framed.
with nine minutes remaining in the game. El Camino answered quickly to their turnover and scored on an 81-yard connection between freshman quarterback Jerman Gotoy and freshman receiver Stephon Robinson and then the Warriors special teams unit blocked a Viking punt and returned it
for a touchdown, cutting the lead to 10. Viking sophomore quarterback Grant Lowary, who ended the day with 357 yards, four touchdown passes and two interceptions, threw his second pick of the game, which set up a Warrior field goal that made it a one possession game again at 55-48.
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El Camino got one more opportunity to tie the game with a touchdown, but had no more timeouts and only 1:53 left on the clock. The Warriors gained some ground before the Viking defense put up one more stop to seal the victory and finish off the season at 7-3. Despite the victory, Peabody said he was not satisfied on the way his team closed out the game being up by 24 in the fourth and only winning by seven: “We just self-destructed. We lack discipline. We lack composure. We don’t know how to finish. And it’s kind of been the story of the season.” Lowary and his sophomore receivers Mike Wilson and Cedric Byrd led the Viking offense and each connected for two touchdown receptions and then Byrd scored his third of the game when he returned an El Camino kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Wilson said, “We wanted to keep the (War Axe) trophy home, a lot of players are sophomores so we had to ball out for them.” Wilson and Byrd combined for 15 catches and 289 receiving yards.
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