Jared Lozoya had a monster game and the Vikings starting defensive unit stepped up as Irvington beat the Cardinals at Tak Fudenna Stadium on Saturday.

Lozoya rushed for 223 yards and four touchdowns while adding a fifth on a first-quarter reception as the Vikings (2-1) sliced through the Santa Cruz defense for 423 yards on the ground.

After giving up a first-quarter touchdown, the Irvington defense held the Cardinals to just 45 yards on their next five possessions. Santa Cruz strung together two fourth-quarter scoring drives with Irvington's starting defense already out of the game.

"They kids did a great job reading the plays and stepping up their intensity," Irvington coach Zach Silvernale said.

Ashtyn Davis went 29 yards for a touchdown on the Cardinals (1-2) first possession to take a 7-0 lead just three minutes into the game. But then Irvington scored on three straight possessions to erase the early deficit. Lozoya scored on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Trujillo on a screen pass, then added touchdown runs of 13 and 15 yards to finish with 130 first-half yards as the Vikings took a 20-7 halftime lead.

Fullback Randon Navarro capped the Vikings first possession of the second half with an 11-yard run to the end zone and Lozoya found the end zone once again with an 18-yard run to extend Irvington's lead to 34-7 heading into the fourth.

Eddie Moreno led the Cardinals with 112 rushing yards on six carries, including a 77-yard touchdown run. Andre Vickers added 76 yards on the ground and added an interception for Irvington.

Irvington 42, Santa Cruz 21

Santa Cruz          7          0          0          14--          21

Irvington          6          14          14          7--          42

SC -- Davis 29 run (Davidow kick)

I -- Lozoya 8 pass from Trujillo (run failed)

I -- Lozoya 13 run (Jones run)

I -- Lozoya 15 run (run failed)

I -- Navarro 11 run (Lozoya run)

I -- Lozoya 18 run (run failed)

SC -- Stoller 32 run (run failed)

SC -- Moreno 77 run (Stoller pass from Fennelly)

I -- Lozoya 7 run (Vickers pass from Trujillo)

Rushing: SC -- Moreno 6-112, Davis 14-66, Stoller 4-34, Oliva 4-7, Fennelly 2-(-10). Totals 30-209. I -- Lozoya 27-223, Reynoso 9-78, Vickers 5-76, Navarro 6-26, Jones 2-17, Blevins 1-5, Trujillo 3-(-2). Totals 53-423. Passing: SC -- Fennelly 2-13-2 25. I -- Trujillo 3-4-0 50. Receiving: SC -- Davis 1-13, Moreno 1-12. I Lozoya 2-22, Gusev 1-28. Fumbles/lost: Santa Cruz -- 2/1, Irvington -- 1/1. Records: Santa Cruz 1-2, Irvington 2-1.