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September 16, 2009 > Vikings run past Arroyo for first win

Vikings run past Arroyo for first win

By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By William Mancebo

Looking to make a statement, and rebound from a dismal opening week performance, Irvington earned their first win of the season over Arroyo, 28-21, at Tak Fudena Stadium Friday night, Sept. 11.

"The school needs this; the program needs this, "said Irvington Head Coach Darrell Lutz. "It's a great victory for us."

Both teams ran over each other back and forth, trading score after score, however, Charles Stewart's 19 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, followed by Stevin Gomez's scamper for the two-point conversion put the Vikings up 28-21 with under five minutes left in the game.

"It's a big win," said Vikings quarterback Tyler Cyr. Cyr, who also pitches for the Irvington baseball team, started the season as the third string quarterback, however due to injuries, he earned his first varsity start. Cyr finished the game 5-7 for 51 yards with an interception. Cyr's first pass of the game was picked off by Arroyo's Joe Cotton.

"Nerves, it was nerves," Cyr said about the interception. "I expected nerves, but I didn't expect it that much though. It'll be fixed."

Cyr wouldn't need to worry about passing over Arroyo too much, as it was the Vikings running game that made the statement for Irvington. Irvington ran over Arroyo for a team total of 312 yards, led by Charles Stewart's 133 yards on 21 carries and one touchdown.

"We knew we had to keep pounding the ball," Stewart said after the game.

After allowing over 270 yards rushing in their opener at Mt. Diablo, the Vikings ran for a team total 312 yards against Arroyo Friday night, making a statement that they're "for real" this season.

Despite allowing another 100-plus yard rusher for the second week in a row, Irvington's defense played the run slightly better this time around, only allowing 229 yards to Arroyo on 33 carries. Arroyo's Dijon Moore ran for 147 yards on 17 carries, highlighted by a 54-yard run to put Arroyo up 14-13 just before halftime.

"We were just tired of losing," Stewart added. "Everybody at school was saying 'we're weak' and we knew we had to prove to the school that we could win the game, and we came out with the 'w'."

CSD 33, Valley Christian 0

The California School for the Deaf Eagles beat Valley Christian- Roseville 33-0 in their season opener Saturday. With the win, the Eagles start the season 1-0, while Valley Christian drops to 0-1.

The Eagles ran all over Valley Christian for a total of 283 yards, highlighted by a 43-yard run by senior Odun Akintomide in a 20-point second quarter for CSD, and a 50-yard run by sophomore Dion Rubio in the fourth.

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