The Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Midgets football team has a history with its counterpart Oak Grove of San Jose. The teams have met in the NorCal Championship game in each of the past three seasons, with Palo Alto winning all three and advancing to the national playoffs.
In fact, a preview of the postseason will be on display Sunday at Palo Alto High when the teams meet at 4:30 p.m. Both teams will bring 8-0 records to the showdown.
"This is a game we want," said Palo Alto coach Mike Piha. "However, we do not need to expose our offense as we will most likely meet again in three weeks for the NorCal Championship.
"Oak Grove is a much better team this year as they have a lot of speed with the addition of a few new players. We definitely need to play a flawless game to win. I believe our players are more than up for this challenge . . . it will be fun!"
The Knights are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation while Oak Grove is ranked No. 8 in the American Youth Football Division I Power Rankings.
In addition to the Jr. Midgets' game on Sunday, the Knights will host Oak Grove in Jr. Pee Wee (11 a.m.), Tiny Mites (1 p.m.) and Cadets (2:30 p.m.)
The Palo Alto Jr. Midgets improved to 8-0 with a 40-6 victory over the San Francisco Seahawks on Sunday at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.
Palo Alto coaches were expecting a much-closer game, but Jordan Schilling and his teammates had other expectations as they scored 40 or more points for the third time this season.
Schilling had more than 100 yards rushing and scored a touchdown on a 96-yard halfback pass from Ethan Stern with one second left in the first half -- catching the ball on the 20-yard line and racing 80 yards down the sideline.
The Knights also scored on a 35-yard pass from Jake Rittman to Ty Wilcox while Stern added an eight-yard TD run while surpassing 100 rushing yards for for a fifth straight game.
The Knights showed why they are the three-time NorCal champs as they scored on their first three possessions and held the Seahawks to a season-low 73 yards of offense. The Knights have outscored their opponents, 248-24, through eight games.Â
NOTE: The Knights are hoping for a large crowd for Sunday's showdown and are inviting all alumni of the program to attend. Those former players who bring a photo of themselves from their days with the Knights will be admitted free.
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