Gunn (0-0, 3-1) at Palo Alto (1-0, 4-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m. | October 8, 2010 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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Sports - October 8, 2010

Gunn (0-0, 3-1) at Palo Alto (1-0, 4-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

The Vikings bring a seven-game winning streak over the Titans into their annual grudge match, which counts in the SCVAL De Anza Division standings. That means Palo Alto can take a step closer to defending its division crown by taking care of business in this Homecoming game. In the past seven games against Gunn, the Vikings have won by an average of 37-8. Both teams are coming off big tuneup victories. Paly held off always-tough Wilcox, 28-15, last Friday to open the division season while Gunn crushed Cupertino, 56-14, to conclude nonleague play. This will be an important game for Paly senior quarterback Christoph Bono, who suffered a broken clavicle in his right throwing shoulder in last season's 27-7 win. Bono missed the remainder of the season. He is healthy again, as evidence of his 676 passing yards (on 53 of 80 attempts) with seven TDs. The key for Bono is to get past this game in good shape while continuing to improve and take his team into the postseason. Bono was tackled for a safety and threw a first-quarter interception last week against Wilcox, but bounced back with nine completions for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Junior running back B.J. Boyd made his long-awaited contribution by rushing for one TD and returning a kickoff for another. Paly also took advantage on defense with a fumble recovery in the final 4:41 and an interception by Davante Adams with than two minutes to play. Gunn, meanwhile, is coming off a school record-tying 56-point outburst against Cupertino while rushing for 476 yards. The last time Gunn scored 56 points in a single game was in 2002 (against Lynbrook). That season also was the last time the Titans defeated Palo Alto (40-19). Gunn seniors Josh Jackson and Anthony Cannon led the onslaught against Cupertino, with Jackson carrying eight times for 156 yards and Cannon adding 148 yards on nine hauls for the best one-two run punch of the season. Cannon also threw for 151 yards and Jackson, who was named Homecoming king at halftime, scored touchdowns on runs of 41 and 63 yards plus an 89-yard kickoff return. Henry Ayala, returning to the field (from injury) for the first time since the opening game, also scored three TDs for the Titans. "It was a great night," said Jackson. "Winning the game and winning Homecoming king, it doesn't get much better than that." Actually, it may. The Titans have allowed only 35 points this season.

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