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Palo Alto wins state football title

Original post made on Dec 17, 2010

Palo Alto wrapped up the finest football season in 99 years of playing the sport by holding off nationally ranked Centennial (Corona), 15-13, to win the CIF Division I state championship on a rainy Friday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 17, 2010, 11:05 PM

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Posted by John connolly
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 17, 2010 at 11:47 pm

It was the most exciting game I have seen in a long time. You must very proud of your boy Pam Adams

John


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Posted by Gary Wesley
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 17, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Paly played a smart and gritty game. The coaches and especially the players are a credit to their school, the community, the CCS and Nor Cal.


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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Community Center
on Dec 18, 2010 at 10:43 am

When does the team return? Will there be a welcome when they arrive? HOw can we find out about it?


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Posted by On the bus
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

We will be arriving sometime between 3-5pm Saturday according to our bus driver. No guarantee with this weather though.


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Posted by NorCalSportsFan
a resident of another community
on Dec 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Congratulations Viking players, coaches and parents! What a fantastic end to a magical season. All of northern CA and the area is very happy for you guys. You exemplify all that defines "Team." You all gave it your best and no matter the outcome you would all be winners. Best wishes on all your endeavors and keep your belief the rest of your lives. Thanks for putting the CCS back on the football mapw ith such a great outing.


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Posted by Jeremy
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm

What a great game and a great victory. Congratulations to Palo Alto Football for great season and showing that Palo Alto students can do more than just hit the books.

The Mercury News suggested a Ticker Tape Parade for both the Football and Volleyball Teams. Sounds like a great idea to me!


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Posted by John Furrier
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I predicted this win.. in my last comment - the Paly Defense is "dynamite"!


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Posted by mmmmMom
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Yay Vikings!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a terrific game for the entire team.
This calls for a celebration! Where's the parade?


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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:47 pm

One parade they must be in as the main attraction along with the award-championship Paly girls is the May Fete next spring. And lets add Andrew Luck, Coach Harbaugh, and all the other team All-Americans. Put in the Stanford Band too- and have the entire town turn out. Coach Tara will have over 800 wins by then.


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Dec 19, 2010 at 9:35 am

Congratulations to a GREAT team of players and coaches! You've made Palo Alto proud -- not just because you won, but because of your winning attitude and an amazing dedication to each other. Way to go!!!!


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Posted by Maya's Dad
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 19, 2010 at 9:38 am

I thought it was crazy to drive 800 miles through the rain to see a high school football game, but I am glad we did it! It was just amazing, I am so happy for the kids at Paly, they will remember this with a glow for the rest of their lives. Congratulations!


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Posted by Viking Fan
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I hope everyone realizes how hard this team worked to win this championship...it takes
a tremendous amount of dedication by the players, coaches and entire school to make this
happen. You have made everyone proud...........a parade......YES! Way to go PALY Football Team!
Also, a big thanks to the band for providing the Paly Spirit!


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Posted by Viking Mom
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm

What an amazing game and season. Way to go!! Also a huge thanks is in order to members of the band, cheer and dance squad who made the trip and showed So. Cal. the school spirit from the North!!


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm

The Palo Alto City Council needs to put on a parade for this Paly football team, as well as the girl's vollyeball team. Bunch of ticker tape stuff, too! Fire engines with sirens! Police motorcycles! Paly band! Cheer squad! Let's have a good old-fashioned party! It's about time!


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 19, 2010 at 9:07 pm

A great achievement.
Excellent coaching. Great players. Outstanding leadership.
I understand the temptation to characterize the team as overachievers . . .
But with the exception of one linebacker from Milpitas, and an RB from VC, I didn't see a player better than what Paly put on the field.
Enjoy!


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Posted by Proud Palo Altan
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 19, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Fantastic! A celebration on the PALY campus should be the first way to celebrate. Get the entire school involved with some lunchtime rally stuff and plenty of confetti. The school community can certainly come together over these great accomplishments--or a celebration dance -- don't wait for the town-- do it right away!


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Posted by Gus L.
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 20, 2010 at 12:15 am

Great job guys.
Here is a good song to remember your victory..
Web Link


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Posted by Paly football Mom
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 20, 2010 at 12:20 am

This victory game and the shared weekend in Carson embodies what we love about living in Palo Alto! We are a culture of spirited and hardworking students, actively supportive parents, dedicated and talented coaches, educators and administrators at Paly, and an incredibly supportive community, all of whom came together throughout this season and the weekend to contribute their talent, time and committment. Way to go Paly!


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Posted by John
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 20, 2010 at 11:59 am

An excellent game to watch! The players showed an disciplined game, and the coaching staff simply outcoached Centennial.

With two minutes to play in the first half the television commentator said "Paly will simply run out the clock." I'm at home screaming "Running out the clock is not the way to play winning football." The Paly coaching staff knew how to play winning football--they called a 80-yard passing play which scored the winning touchdown.


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm

How about #8? Bill Gray stopped at least 3 TDs. He tackled the QB dead in his tracks even though he guy is 6'5", 220 lbs. Gray is only 5'10", 165 lbs. His play at free safety was excellent yet goes unmentioned -as usual! DEFENSE wins championships.


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Posted by Paul
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm

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Posted by local gurl
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Dec 21, 2010 at 2:50 pm

And Travis Brewer was watching and cheering from heaven!!! Congrats Vikings, families and fans.


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Posted by stop
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Dec 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm


stop posting about your kid. you do it on every thread. It was a team effort; no one person won the game.

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Posted by Marie, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Dec 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm

How about #8? Bill Gray stopped at least 3 TDs. He tackled the QB dead in his tracks even though he guy is 6'5", 220 lbs. Gray is only 5'10", 165 lbs. His play at free safety was excellent yet goes unmentioned -as usual! DEFENSE wins championships.


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