Vikings, Rams will repeat opening football act
Maybe the second act will go off without a hitch.
A much-anticipated inaugural meeting between St. Laurence and Reavis on the football field created quite a pregame buzz among fans in Burbank last August. But when game night arrived along with it came rain — lots of it, accompanied by enough thunder and lightning to make playing more perilous than pleasurable.
So Friday night’s kickoff got postponed until Saturday, which did nothing to slow the Vikings, who collected a 44-16 victory to begin what they hoped was a playoff-qualifying campaign. St. Laurence ultimately fell short of that goal, as did the Rams, but both will enter 2014 with renewed hopes.
And once again their first test will come against each other. The Vikings host Reavis Aug. 29 at Kavanagh Field, and the anticipation for Round 2 runs just as high.
“It’s always big to play a neighborhood school [because] it’s big for bragging rights,” St. Laurence coach Harold Blackmon said. “Some of the players know each other so that adds a little more to the game. This year we’re playing at home so we’re hoping for an electric atmosphere that night.”
Actually more than bragging rights could be at stake. With both squads legitimately eyeing a postseason berth, getting off to a successful start is crucial, particularly since everyone only gets nine opportunities to prove themselves playoff-worthy.