The Palo Alto football team is one victory away from wrapping up second place in the SCVAL De Anza Division and, with it, an automatic berth into the Central Coast Section playoffs.
The only question remaining for the Vikings now is what division they'll play in when the postseason arrives.
While the Medium School Division seems a likely choice, a return to the Open Division isn't out of the question yet.
Before that's decided, the Vikings (4-1, 6-2) must beat Los Altos next Friday and Gunn (in a nonleague season finale). Those two tasks don't seem out of the question following Palo Alto's 49-7 thumping of host Santa Clara on Saturday.
Paly coach Earl Hansen was able to play just about everyone once the outcome was secured. Officially, the game was decided with the help of the Bruins when their punter lost control of the snap and kicked the ball into the end zone for a safety, rather than give Paly ideal field position.
That safety gave the Vikings a 9-7 lead. Moments later when Santa Clara kicked off, Paly's Mike Scott returned the kick 80 yards for a touchdown.
That was all the Vikings needed, but they continued the scoring onslaught. Running backs Sione Mataele and Brandon Boyd each rushed for 72 yards and scored two touchdowns. Chris James came off the bench to gain 62 yards on eight carries and Will Holder added 50 yards on three carries.
Palo Alto accounted for 389 total yards and allowed Santa Clara only five first downs the entire game.