Vikings still have a chance to reach the CCS playoffs


The Palo Alto football team lost to visiting Los Gatos, 35-6, in a SCVAL De Anza Division matchup Friday night at Palo Alto High School.

The Vikings fell to 2-3 (3-6 overall) while Los Gatos improved to 4-0 (5-3 overall) and stayed first place in the division; Palo Alto dropped to fifth in the division.

Paul Jackson III rushed for 118 yards. Photo by Karen Ambrose Hickey
“We’re playing for a playoff spot in two weeks,” said Paly head coach Danny Sullivan. “We have a bye week next week where we need to get a couple things cleaned up and then it's on to Mountain View. That’s for the final playoff spot in our league.”

The Wildcats led off the game with a Jake Clyne one-yard run up the middle for a touchdown and Los Gatos went up 7-0 early in the first quarter.

Los Gatos offense got rolling again when senior quarterback Kyle Reid juked defenders and ran in for a nine-yard touchdown putting the Wildcats up 14-0. Reid had a solid game with 171 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Palo Alto offense on the other hand, couldn’t get anything going in the first half. It had 131 total yards but couldn’t convert them into any points. The Wildcats went up 14-0 going into halftime.

Los Gatos scored its second touchdown of the quarter when Will Fordyce sprinted down the sideline for a 47-yard touchdown and the Wildcats went up 28-0. Fordyce finished with 98 rushing yards on 15 carries.

Palo Alto junior Paul Jackson III had a great game and finished with 118 rushing yards.

In the fourth quarter the Wildcats sealed the win. Reid found Caden Mccgloughan in the endzone, with two defenders on him he reached up and snagged the 27-yard touchdown. Los Gatos went up 35-0 with a little over five minutes left of play.

The Vikings kept the shutout from happening when junior Sione Latu trucked up the middle for a one-yard touchdown and made it a 35-6 game.

In a SCVAL El Camino Division game, Gunn lost to visiting Homestead, 42-14.

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