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SPORTS: Paly advances to CCS football championship

Original post made on Nov 29, 2008

Palo Alto will play in its fourth straight Central Coast Section football championship game following a 38-8 blasting of No. 2 Monterey in a Medium School Division semifinal Saturday at San Jose City College. The Vikings did it with defense, a lot of it. Palo Alto's defensive effort was excellent in every phase of the game as the secondary came away with two interceptions, the linebackers chalked up seven sacks, and the defensive line consistently made plays behind the line of scrimmage.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, December 1, 2008, 10:24 AM

Comments (12)

Posted by Dean, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 29, 2008 at 11:09 pm

I think the score was 38-16 - Monterey scored on on an interception return near the end of the game, got the 2 point conversion, then succeeded on recovering an onside kick and scored again. Until there was less than 2:00 to go in the game, the score was 38-0, however.


Posted by Fan, a resident of The Greenhouse
on Nov 30, 2008 at 8:13 am

Question: Why did Paly play in the "large" school division last year and the "Middle" school division this year. Is it based on a declining enrollment or something else? Is seems strange to me.


Posted by Viking fan, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 30, 2008 at 9:59 am

The CCS division you play in is determined by your school's enrollment in relation to the other teams in the playoffs. 24 teams make the playoffs (not counting the Open division); the 8 largest schools play in the Large school division, the next 8 play in Medium and the smallest 8 play in Small. This year more schools with larger enrollments than Paly made the playoffs so they ended up in Medium -- it has nothing to due with declining enrollment, simply with the overall makeup of the pool.


Posted by Fan, a resident of The Greenhouse
on Nov 30, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Thanks for the clarification!


Posted by Paly fan, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 1, 2008 at 10:55 am

Not to take anything away from the outstanding victory but the article failed to mention that one of Monterey's running backs broke his leg during the previous game.


Posted by Friend, a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 1, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Go Sam!


Posted by stunned alum, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 3, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Wow. This is a surprise. Years ago, just after leaving the SPAL and joining the SCVAL, Paly was a doormat.


Posted by Paly Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2008 at 3:21 pm

I believe there is a sad conclusion to this story. From what I heard on tv today, the Los Gatos team (who are the team Paly will play next) lost their star player yesterday who died suddenly. I trust all will respect whatever happens next.


Posted by thoughts, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 3, 2008 at 8:08 pm

The Los Gatos football player that died was a back-up. Not a star player, although this does not diminish the tragedy.


Posted by Paly Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2008 at 8:23 pm

Thank you for the correction. I have found the news item. Web Link

If this game does go ahead, I feel the Paly players should make some mark of respect.


Posted by Paly Supporters in Washington DC, a resident of another community
on Dec 6, 2008 at 6:30 pm

Nice playing Andy! Go Vikings!


Posted by hraffel, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 9, 2009 at 8:44 pm

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