Varsity Boys Football

Wilcox 35, Palo Alto 14

Date of competition: Friday, October 24, 2008

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Palo Alto had a rough game in their loss to Wilcox. Paly will need to step their game up if they hope to beat Milpitas and Los Gatos in the upcoming weeks. The potential is obviously there, considering they are unstoppable when everybody is focused and playing the way they should.

posted by Maurice, player on Oct 25, 2008 at 12:36 am

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The Palo Alto football team proved to be overmatched by a bruising Wilcox offense in a 35-14 loss Friday in a marquee matchup that cost the Vikings sole possession of first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division. Coming into the game, both teams found themselves battling for CCS positioning. The Chargers' victory now throws the race for the division crown wide open to as many as four teams. Palo Alto (2-1, 5-2) finds itself battling for survival with Los Gatos, Milpitas and Wilcox after its surprising setback. In what was pegged to be a high-scoring game, both teams did not disappoint with their offense. Wilcox had no problem chalking up yards as the Chargers compiled 388 total yards to Vikings' 299. The difference, however, was Wilcox's ability to sustain drives. Five of seven Wilcox drives ended in touchdowns and of those five, four went for 70 or more yards. Leading the Chargers' offense was dual-threat senior quarterback Cory Murphy, who ran for 108 yards on 13 caries while also completing 8-of-9 passes for 89 yards. Wilcox's star wide out, senior Jarrod Lucas, caught touchdowns on two of the five balls thrown his way before eventually compiling 59 yards receiving. Wilcox complimented its star quarterback with a stable of elusive, physical, and swift running backs, who together pushed their way to 191 yards on 35 carries. Junior Anthony Herrera led the multitude of backs with 150 yards on 26 carries, in addition to chipping in one touchdown. It was a disappointing night for the vaunted Vikings defense, which just in the past two weeks have forced upwards of five turnovers. The Vikings failed to pressure the quarterback and did not register a sack the entire night. The secondary, Paly's strongest defensive unit, was consistently forced to make tackles that should have normally been stopped near the line of scrimmage. Strong safety Will Holder converted the only turnover of the night, an interception late in the first quarter, into a 20-yard gain. While Paly's defense could by no means keep up with the "veer-option" attack of Wilcox, the Chargers failed to contain Paly senior Sam Tompkins-Jenkins, who led the charge with 133 yards and two touchdowns on only 12 carries. He also provided the highlight of the night with a 57-yard touchdown scamper on the final play of the second quarter. The Vikings' passing game offered the productive rushing assault little support as senior quarterback Will Brandin was sacked six times on his way to completing 8-of-13 passes for 81 yards and one interception. Nevertheless, junior wide receiver Joc Pederson has yet another prolific game as he caught six balls for 77 yards. Brandin suffered a minor shoulder injury late in the fourth quarter and was forced to retire from the game three minutes early. Palo Alto plays at league-leader Milpitas next Friday at 7:30 p.m. in a crucial SCVAL De Anza Division game.
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posted by Philip Homnack on Oct 27, 2008 at 9:18 am
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