Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - December 24, 2010

THE DEFENSIVE STANDS

Four key defensive plays that made a difference in Palo Alto's 15-13 victory over Centennial (Corona) in the CIF Division I state championship game:

First Quarter

With time running out in the opening period, Centennial drives to the Paly 23. On fourth down, Centennial running back Barrinton Collins is stopped by Paly's Chris Martinez for no gain. The result? The Vikings take over and drive 77 yards in 10 plays with Christoph Bono throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams for a 9-0 lead.

Second Quarter

Centennial drives to the Paly 7. With 1:51 left in the half, Centennial QB Michael Eubank is stopped by Paly linebacker Will Glazier and Kevin Anderson. The Huskies also are penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and the Vikings take over on their own 20. The result? Two plays later, Bono throws an 80-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Williams for a 15-0 halftime lead.

Third Quarter

Centennial drives to the Paly 2. On 4th and goal, Eubank is thrown for a one-yard loss by Tory Prati and Michael Cullen. The result? Palo Alto takes over and goes on a 15-play drive that consumes over nine minutes.

Fourth Quarter

Centennial closes the gap to 15-13 when Eubank breaks through the line and races 33 yards to score. On a two-point conversion try, Eubank decides to keep the ball and is stopped short of the goal by T.J. Braff, Cullen and Glazier (among others). The result? Paly prevents a tie game with 4:14 to play.

--

Comments

There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields