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SHP advances to CCS football final, but Palo Alto falls

 

The 2015 high school football season will continue for Sacred Heart Prep, but not for Palo Alto following the Central Coast Section semifinals on Friday night.

The Gators advanced to the CCS Open Division II title game with a 33-10 romp over Monte Vista Christian, but the Vikings fell to host Milpitas, 42-0, in CCS Open Division I action.

Sacred Heart Prep (9-3) will play in a section championship game for a fifth time in six years following its eighth victory in the past nine games, a dominating effort against No. 2 and host Monte Vista Christian (10-2) in Watsonville.

Senior Lapitu Mahoni and junior Isoa Moimoi, who are cousins, combined for 303 rushing yards and four touchdowns to pace the Gators, who will face No. 5 Riordan (9-3) for the title next Saturday at Westmont High at 7 p.m. Riordan eliminated No. 1 Palma, 17-14.

The championship game will be a rematch of the second game of the season, which saw Riordan romp to a 48-21 victory that ended a 14-game win streak by the Gators.

SHP, however, has come a long way since then. A very young team has grown up and matured into another championship contender. That was evident Friday as Mahoni rushed for 134 of his team-high 189 yards in the first half and scored each of his team's on runs of 23, 4 and 5 yards.

Mahoni has carried 202 times this season for 1,437 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Moimoi, meanwhile, finished with 114 yards that included a 5-yard touchdown runs among his 16 carries. He helped run out the clock in the second half. Both blocked well for each other. Moimoi has carried 132 times for 743 yards and 13 TDs.

While the game plan called for a solid run game, SHP senior quarterback Mason Randall threw enough to help balance things out. He completed six of eight attempts for 146 yards, including a 54-yard scoring strike to senior Nick O'Donnell, who finished with three catches for 121 yards.

Randall has completed 122 of 187 attempts for 2,272 yards and 21 touchdowns while O'Connell has caught 44 passes for 885 yards and eight TDs.

SHP's defense was solid once again, holding Monte Vista Christian to just three first-half points. Brendan Semien had 13 tackles, 12 solo, with one tackle for loss to lead the Gators. David Peterson, Zane Elsafy and James Kirkham all had seven tackles. Kirkham also had an interception while Elsafy had two sacks for a minus-10 yards.

Milpitas 42, Palo Alto 0

The No. 2-seeded Trojans (10-2) remained unscored upon after two playoff games with their dominating effort against the Vikings (5-7). Milpitas has put up 88 points while moving on to the Open Division I finale against No. 1 seed Bellarmine (11-1)

Milpitas shut down Paly's run game and held the Vikings to less than 150 total yards.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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