The Vikings trailed by only a touchdown with two minutes left in the second quarter, but Rio Mesa eventually imposed its will in the Pacific View League matchup, scoring just before the end of the half, then blowing the game open with three touchdowns in the third quarter en route to a 42-13 win over visiting Hueneme.
“We knew Hueneme was going to come out fired up,” Rio Mesa head coach Bob Gregorchuck said. “We had to weather the storm and get some of our cobwebs out.”
The win keeps Rio Mesa (6-2, 2-1) tied with Channel Islands for second place in the league standings and sets up a crucial showdown with the Raiders at Channel Islands next Friday. The Spartans’ Jordan Nunnery ran for 304 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries, including two touchdown runs of 84 yards apiece.