Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - November 5, 2010

Mountain View (4-1, 7-1) at Palo Alto (5-0, 8-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

While this is only a nonleague game, there's plenty at stake for the host Vikings, who moved into the Cal-Hi Sports Top 25 state rankings this week. It's Paly's first appearance (at No. 25) since 2006, when the Vikings played in the Division II state finals. Mountain View of the SCVAL El Camino Division is coming off a 57-7 rout of Cupertino while Palo Alto defeated Homestead, 35-13, last Friday to win the SCVAL De Anza Division crown outright. Paly is averaging 31.6 ppg while allowing just 8.0 per game, while Mountain View is scoring 34.6 ppg while giving up 14.7. Paly senior QB Christoph Bono was named Cal-Hi Sports Nor Cal Offensive Player of the Week after completing 12 of 16 for 253 yards and two TDs against Homestead. He has completed 101 of 153 passes (.660 completion percentage) for 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also has kicked 35 PATs for the Vikings, who can go 9-0 for the first time since 1963 with a victory on Friday. Davante Adams, who caught five passes for 133 yards and a TD last week, now has 43 catches for 763 yards (17.7 yards per catch). Palo Alto is just two wins away from completing a 10-0 regular season. The last time that happened was 1950.

South SF (2-2, 4-3) at Menlo (3-1, 6-2), Friday, 2:45 p.m.

The Knights already have locked up a CCS playoff berth following a 42-7 blasting of Woodside last week. Menlo still has hopes for a co-title in the PAL Ocean Division, but needs San Mateo to upset first-place Jefferson (4-0, 7-1) on Friday for that to happen. Menlo QB Robert Wickers threw for 179 yards and two TDs in the first half against Woodside while Tim Benton had six catches for 126 yards. Phil Anderson had a 24-yard TD reception and a 79-yard kickoff return for a score in the second quarter. Beau Nichols had touchdown runs of 14 and 1 yards in the first half, the second of which allowed him to set the school record for career points. Nichols has 248 points, breaking the record of 242 points set by running back J.B. Barrett in 1982.

Burlingame (3-1, 5-3) at Menlo-Atherton (1-3, 2-6), Friday, 2:45 p.m.

The postseason is out of reach for the Bears, but they still can have a say in the PAL Bay Division race by upsetting co-leader Burlingame. M-A was less than three minutes away from upsetting co-leader Terra Nova last week, but let the victory slip away and dropped a 31-21 decision. M-A jumped to a 14-0 lead before the game was five minutes old. Terra Nova fumbled on its first play from scrimmage and M-A's Taylor Mashack found himself with a ball in his hands and clear sailing from 27 yards out 10 seconds into the contest. A little more than four minutes later, QB Willy Fonua and Richard Cornew connected on a nine-yard scoring toss. After losing the lead before halftime, the Bears bounced back to retook the lead at 21-17 on a 13-yard run by Cameron Moody. It was a lead that held until the Tigers scored with 2:14 remaining to play.

Sacred Heart Prep (3-1, 7-1) at Terra Nova (3-1, 5-3), Friday, 7 p.m.

The Gators need a victory to have a shot at least a co-championship in the PAL Bay Division, which would be the team's first ever. A win by the Gators, coupled with an M-A win over Burlingame, will give SHP the outright title. The Gators set themselves up with a 33-21 win at Aragon last weekend to wrap up a CCS playoff berth. Senior QB John Geary sparked the victory by completing 13 of 18 passes for 274 yards and three TDs. Tomas O'Donnell caught seven of those passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. Colin Terndrup and Pedro Robinson also caught touchdown passes in addition to running for scores. The Gators expect the game with Terra Nova to be a real shootout, with Geary likely needing another big passing night.

Gunn (0-4, 3-5) at Wilcox (2-2, 5-3), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

The Titans have two more shots at winning their first SCVAL De Anza Division game of the season, but it would have to come against Wilcox or Los Gatos. Gunn's best shot might have been last week, but the Titans came up short during a 24-10 loss to visiting Milpitas. Twice in the fourth quarter, Gunn drove deep into Milpitas territory trailing by just a touchdown, only to fall short of the end zone.

Priory (3-3, 4-4) at Alma Heights (0-6), Saturday, 1 p.m.

The Panthers will attempt to close their season with back-to-back victories for the first time this season, after holding off Stuart Hall last week, 22-20. James McDaniel rushed for 78 yards and Connor Mather added 60 yards on the ground. Alex Brugger had 10 tackles, including three sacks, while Marcus Talbott finished with 12 tackles and Will Latu had 10.

-- compiled by Keith Peters

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