By Justin Vigil-Zuniga
Signal Sports Writer
Vikings football (0-1) struggled against Bishop Amat (1-0) in their season opener on the road.
Bishop Amat was carried by senior Delano Franklin, who scored three touchdowns — two through the air, one on the ground — and brought down an interception.
Valencia struggled to get the run game rolling against a big Lancer defense. Running back Daniel Hernandez was constantly met in the backfield and finished with seven carries for 15 yards.
Quarterback Trey Erickson threw for 203 yards on 23 of 35 attempts. The senior couldn’t find the end zone but was in sync with receiver Brandon Boateng all night. Boateng was on the bad end of a huge hit where his helmet popped off, which forced the medical staff to call the paramedics. Bishop Amat Linebacker Julien Lopez was ejected for the hit.
Boateng finished the game early with eight catches for 82 yards.
Vikings kicker Cameron Fontal got his team on the board when he could. The senior knocked down two field goals from 27 and 34 yards.
Linebacker Jack Gieser made some big plays on defense. The senior made plenty of good reads and totaled five tackles, three for a loss. Defensive end Jake Pikor was breaking into the Lancer backfield throughout the game but just couldn’t bring down Amat quarterback Richie Munoz.
The Vikings will look to get back on track at home Friday when the team hosts fellow CIF champs Quartz Hill.