The stakes were the same for the Johansen and Modesto High football teams Friday.
Each was hoping to at least end their seasons with a victory, and at most for a shot at the playoffs.
Johansen got the victory, defeating Modesto 42-16 to wrap up Modesto Metro Conference play. But the Panthers left Chuck Hughes Stadium at Downey High with their chins up as quarterback Chris Bradley set a school record for passing yards.
Bradley needed 237 yards to top 2002 quarterback Jordan Starr on the career passing list. He competed 14 of 33 passes, with three interceptions, for 260 yards. That gave Bradley 2,327 yards.
"You can't put that all on me," Bradley said. "The receivers made plays, the line was there when I needed time to scramble. It's nice to say I did something in high school in case I don't do anything else."
Bradley had two touchdown passes, a 13-yarder to Daniel McClellan -- set up by his own impressive 30-yard run -- and a 16-yarder to Joseph Giglio late in the game. He passed for more yards than Johansen totaled (202), but the Vikings took advantage of three Panther turnovers to get in the end zone.
A fumbled snap on an attempted punt led to Nick Beam's first of four touchdowns, a 1-yard run to cap a four-play, 29-yard drive. That put Modesto on the board first, 7-0 with 3:34 left in the first quarter.
Joey Reynosa had a Bradley pass ricochet into his hands, and returned it nearly 80 yards to set up Johansen's next score. Beam ran for a 21-yard touchdown to put Modesto up 14-7 with 3:27 remaining in the first half. He finished with 51 yards on seven carries.
It was Beam's next score that made him feel really good, though. Reynosa pitched Beam the ball and he dumped it over the top to Armando Lagos for a 5-yard touchdown. Beam said it was Lagos' first touchdown reception.
"It was exciting when I threw the touchdown," Beam said. "Armando is a friend of mine. He works hard everyday and we hardly pass. It feels good to go out with a win, especially after a somewhat disappointing season."
Since Beyer defeated Enochs to claim the MMC crown, there will be no postseason for Johansen. The Vikings (4-6, 3-2 MMC) were still happy to end on a high note, beating Modesto (4-6, 2-3 MMC) for the first time in their four-year football careers.
A fumbled Johansen reception led to Beam's 2-yard touchdown run with 3:15 to go in the third quarter, giving the Vikings a 28-10 lead. On Modesto's next drive, Johansen kept the Panthers from scoring from the 2-yard line. Bradley had passed to Ingraham for a 74-yard catch.
But the drive ended with two rushes for no gain, an incomplete pass and Bradley getting sacked for eight yards to give up the ball on downs.
"The defensive backs worked hard all week, looking for the pass," Beam said. "It paid off. That was just huge momentum, getting the offense out there to put more points on the board."
Devan Cannon scored from 20 yards out and Marques Spears scored on a 2-yard run, his only carry of the game, to cap the Vikings' scoring.