The nonleague football season is all about getting ready for league play. With one tuneup game remaining, Palo Alto may be ahead of schedule following a stunning defensive performance to beat highly regarded Mitty, 20-7, on Friday night.
The host Vikings registered five sacks and held Cal-bound quarterback Kyle Boehm to just 75 total yards while improving to 2-0. Boehm, the team's leading passer and rusher, managed just 12 yards rushing and 63 passing in his lowest output of the Monarchs' 1-2 season.
Paly defensive end Kevin Anderson, who is headed to Stanford, had three of his team's sacks as the Vikings avenged last season's humbling loss to Mitty, which began this season ranked among the top 15 teams in the state. That is no longer the case.
While Boehm came in as the marquee performer, it was Paly junior running back Dre Hill who stole the show. Playing in only his second varsity game, Hill scored three touchdowns and rushed for a career-high 129-yards on 15 carries.
Hill gave Paly a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when he broke through the line on the Vikings' third play from scrimmage and raced 35 yards for the TD. The quick drive came after senior Maurice Williams picked off Boehm and returned the interception 50 yards.
The Vikings made it 13-0 on their very next possession when Hill raced 56 yards for his second score. In the second quarter, Paly defensive back Davante Adams stripped a Mitty running back of the ball and returned it to the Monarchs' 26. A 20-yard reception by T.J. Braff put Paly in position to score again, and Hill finished off the drive with a one-yard run.
Palo Alto took its 20-0 lead into the fourth quarter and never was threatened as its defense kept the Monarchs in check. Along with Anderson, Tori Prati, Sam Moses, Will Glazier and Morris Gates-Mouton helped stifle the visitors with outstanding defense.
Palo Alto outgained Mitty, 258-199, in total offense with senior quarterback Christoph Bono completing nine passes for 109 yards. Adams caught six for 77 yards.
Sacred Heart Prep 49, Valley Christian-Dublin 21
The Gators continued their success with running the ball as they ground out 384 yards on the way to a big nonleague victory on Friday night at Chabot College in Hayward.
Senior Colin Terndrup led the way with 139 yards on 11 carries. Senior Pedro Robinson added 101 yards on just five hauls while junior Tyler McCool missed the 100-yard plateau -- he gained 87 yards on nine carries -- but scored four touchdowns.
McCool scored on runs of seven, one and 28 yards in addition to catching a 31-yard touchdown pass from senior John Geary as the Gators improved to 3-0. Geary completed eight of nine passes for a season-high 194 yards, adding a TD pass of 15 yards to Tomas O'Donnell, who caught four balls for 90 yards.
Geary got the Gators rolling by scoring the game's first touchdown on a one-yard plunge with 4:38 remaining in the opening quarter. Robinson finished the scoring with an 80-yard TD run in the final period. SHP finished with 577 yards in total offense.
Defensively, the Gators recovered three fumbles. Hunter Shaw was in on 16 tackles and Matt Hardy assisted on 11. Charlie Moran added five solo tackles.
Burlingame 21, Gunn 3
Gunn had everything going for it early on Friday afternoon. As the game wore on, nothing went right.
The Titans took an early lead when Dekel Sherman connected on a 28-yard field goal midway through the first quarter. That was the extent of the scoring, though, as Gunn fell to visiting Burlingame, 21-3, in a nonleague contest.
"Offensively, good things were working and there are things to work on," Gunn coach Bob Sykes said. "If we were in synch offensively I think we would have done much better. You have to credit Burlingame, they were partly responsible for putting us out of synch."
The Titans had several other chances to punch through, but a pass just off the fingertips or a critical penalty would derail them.
"We didn't do well on some plays we needed to do well on," Sykes said. "I'm glad we played a competitive team because it showed us where we are and what we need to work on."
Anthony Cannon passed for 117 of his 134 yards in the second half as Gunn took to the air in an attempt to put additional points on the scoreboard. Miles Sturken was his favorite receiver to the tune of five catches for 77 yards.
The Titans played some inspired defense at times, although miscues led to extra chances for which Burlingame was grateful.
Nikkey Cardema recorded a tackle for a loss on a play in which a hold went uncalled, Robert Kato supplied a sack for a loss of 12 yards, Skyler Larson recovered a fumble that put Gunn in position to score and Sturken broke up a pass late in the third quarter that would have given Burlingame a chance to score.
Jefferson 17, Menlo-Atherton 0
Turning the ball over six times, the Menlo-Atherton football team suffered a 17-0 nonleague loss to Jefferson on Friday night in Daly City. Jefferson (2-1) competes in the PAL Ocean Division while the Bears (0-3) play in the tougher PAL Bay Division.
Jefferson's defense forced six turnovers and blocked a punt. The Bears saw their second-half possessions end in three fumbles and two interceptions and managed just 114 total yards on offense. Cameron Moody got 40 of those on a screen pass late in the game.