Merced running back Desmond Thompson sprints around the edge and toward the pylon during a 47-44 victory over Downey on Aug. 31, 2018.

Through the lens: No. 5 Merced edges No. 2 Downey in high-def points race

James Burns

Dan Harris is an instructor at Downey High School and an avid photographer. He captured the tug-o-war between Downey and Merced on Friday evening at Chuck Hughes Stadium, a battle won by the Bears 47-44. To access his complete gallery from the game, click here. For more of his work, click here.

Merced running back Desmond Thompson scored two touchdowns.
Downey running back Robert Rivera rushed for two TDs and had four runs of 14 or more yards.
Downey's Bryce Peterson had a team-high nine catches for 139 yards and a touchdown.
Merced quarterback Junior Garcia threw two touchdowns, overcoming a rash of drops.
Merced's Dhameer Warren engineered two scoring drives in the fourth quarter.
Downey's Malachi Butler (88) sacks Merced quarterback Junior Garcia.
Downey's Bronson England is pursued by a pair of Merced defenders.
Merced's Xavier Stewart converted two fourth downs and had a 33-yard touchdown reception.