In the fourth game of the season Samo's football team lost to Valencia 41-13 on Friday, Sep. 21. With this loss, Samo is now 2-2 in league.
“We fought for four quarters and beat ourselves tonight,” coach Travis Clark said. "We’re trying to find a rhythm and get back into it."
This being the fourth year Samo has played the Valencia High School Vikings, they knew who they were up against. Hoping to counteract three previous losses against the powerhouse, Samo was inspired to win. However, according to Clark, multiple interceptions, poor offense and slow defense ended the first quarter at 14-0, Valencia. By halftime, Valencia had a 28 point lead on Samo’s vikings. Clark stayed optimistic nonetheless.
“Everyone has got to play their role because we’re never going to quit," Clark said. "We have to stay positive.”
By the beginning of the third quarter, Samo’s defense was quicker and more responsive. After regrouping at halftime, Samo senior, Sebastian LaRue scored their first touchdown of the night in the eighth minute of the third quarter. LaRue, wide reciever, caught the ball from senior quarterback, Ryan Barbarin, and ran down the field, leaving the score 28-6, Valencia. The Valencia Vikings, however, intercepted a ball during the last minutes of the third quarter, scored a touchdown and changed the score to 35-6.
“Going into the fourth quarter, our team was looking for any way to get the ball back to our offense. We needed to connect as a team to collect multiple touchdowns,” team co-captain and senior, Nick Cardiel said.
In the beginning of the fourth, Valencia scored another touchdown, leading 41-6. During the last few minutes of the game LaRue caught Samo’s second and final touchdown of the game. LaRue has a total of four touchdowns for the start of the season. The game ended 41-13, Valencia.
“I think Samo has a lot of noise in their division. They’re very talented players who are well coached,” Valencia’s coach, Larry Muir said.
This loss will not stop Samo in games to come. Clark explained that the team will not change anything in their upcoming game against Hart High School on Sept. 28. Their defeat against Valencia will motivate the Samo Vikings as the season continues.