No one could have seen this coming.
And Palo Alto hardly played an error-free football game.
The host Vikings beat Milpitas, 59-26, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division game Saturday night and turned it into a rout with five first-quarter touchdowns.
This is the same Milpitas which won a state championship in Division 5-A last year and which beat Palo Alto, 17-7.
The Vikings (1-2) more than doubled last year’s offensive output in the first five minutes and they were just getting started.
Palo Alto featured scoring drives of two plays and four plays, adding a long kickoff return for a touchdown for good measure.
The first quarter took nearly 45 minutes to play and the fans still probably hoped it would keep going a little bit longer.
Milpitas (0-3) interrupted Paly’s scoring frenzy a couple of times but it was hardly noticeable. The Vikings never trailed after the first of four touchdown passes from Danny Peters, who also rushed for a touchdown.
Peters threw for 168 yards and could have had more if not for a handful of penalties called on Paly.
Josh Butler took center stage, bursting loose with three runs of at least 30 yards. He finished with 209 yards on 16 carries, scoring two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown.
Brody Simison caught five passes for 53 yards and broke out an 88-yard kickoff return. Blake Chase caught four passes for 55 yards, including a pair of touchdown passes of 11 and 25 yards.
Kicker Drew Mujherjee added a 22-yard field goal and nailed eight PATs. It’s also the senior’s first year on the football team.
The defense certainly had its stars, with Lucas Black, Rowan Felsch, and Jackson Bundy, among others, disturbing Milpitas attempts to move forward.
Paly travels to play at Santa Clara on Friday night.