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October 14, 2009 > Irvington runs over Mission

Irvington runs over Mission

By Gary van den Heuvel
Photos By Mike Heightchew

The Irvington Vikings got a respite from their recent woes in the form of Homecoming Game against the Mission San Jose Warriors, whose woes continued in a 47-0 Vikings rout at Tak Fudenna Stadium (which, due to its location on Washington High School's campus, isn't really Irvington's home at all - but that's beside the point).

Irvington entered the Saturday night (October 10) game with a 1-4 record, 0-1 in the MVAL after a humbling 36-6 loss to James Logan on October 2. But the Vikings were riding high compared to the frustration that is the Mission football season. The Warriors (0-5, now 0-2 in the MVAL) have scored a total of 13 points in five games, and have been shut out in three of those games.

Sloppy play from both teams that resulted in turnovers and stalled drives kept the game scoreless until late in the first quarter, when Irvington running back Roman Lee capped a 61-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown. The eight-play drive consisted entirely of running plays, the big play being a 30-yard zig-zagging run on a third-and-short sweep by the slippery Raeshawn Lee which put the Vikings inside the red zone.

A blocked extra point attempt did nothing to deter the Vikings' momentum, and following a three-and-out Mission possession, Irvington started another scoring drive with another big-gainer by Lee, a 22-yarder this time.

Six plays - all runs - later, quarterback Tyler Cyr carried the ball in himself from three yards out. After the successful extra point attempt, Irvington led 13-0 and wouldn't look back.

By the half, the score was 27-0. A 73-yard touchdown dash by Theo Green and a 55-yard interception return by Matt Kaufman put the game out of reach, as well as adding to the Irvington crowd's festive mood as they elected their Homecoming King and Queen during the interval.

One fan enjoyed seeing Mission being humbled so thoroughly.

"This has been a great homecoming game - it's always fun smashing on Mission," said Irvington student Narges Kadirzada, who was attending the game with her cousin Kimia.

Irvington's ground attack, which ran for 359 yards, continued its onslaught in the second half. Long touchdown runs by Cyr (41 yards), backup QB Scott Bennett (38 yards), and a one-yard dive by Stevin Gomez completed the scoring.

With a league record of 1-1, Irvington is in the MVAL hunt - for now. Next Saturday (Oct. 17) is a 7 p.m. "home" game at Tak against American, who is also 1-1 (2-3 overall).

American also has a win over Mission, but is coming off a 54-3 spanking by Washington. For Mission, they've got a Friday night (Oct. 16) game at Tak against Kennedy, who were also shut out last week, by Newark Memorial.

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