Varsity Boys Football
Milpitas 16, Palo Alto 6
Date of competition: Friday, October 31, 2008
Palo Alto saw its hopes for a possible SCVAL De Anza Division football title washed away in a 16-6 loss to host Milpitas on Friday night. The setback also may cost the Vikings in a big way once the Central Coast Section playoffs get under way.
With only two games remaining in the regular season and only one of them a gimmie -- Paly hosts winless Mountain View next Friday night -- Palo Alto (2-2, 5-3) will begin next week in fourth place in the division behind Milpitas (4-1, 7-1), Los Gatos (4-1, 6-2) and Wilcox (3-1, 4-4). Only the top three teams earn automatic berths into the CCS playoffs. Saratoga is tied for fourth at 2-2 (4-4) and could even move ahead of Paly.
Palo Alto needs to win its final two games, including a season finale at Los Gatos, to have any hope at an automatic berth. Otherwise, the Vikings must go the at-large berth route and hope for a decent seeding for the postseason.
A lot hinges, perhaps, on the right shoulder of Paly senior quarterback Will Brandin, who missed nearl all of the Milpitas game with an injury he suffered in last week's loss to Wilcox. Brandin made a cameo appearance in the fourth quarter and completed just two of three passes for eight yards. His replacement, T.J. Braff, wasn't much better. Braff was 5-of-11 for 49 yards, giving Paly just 57 passing yards -- its lowest total of the season.
Braff, a sophomore, was sacked six times and forced into numerous other hurried snaps as the Paly offensive line continued to have its problems. The Vikings, for example, had the ball on the Milpitas 5 late in the third quarter but Terry Beasley was stopped on a fourth-and-1 situation for a yard loss. A touchdown in that situation would have put Paly in the lead.
Palo Alto's only touchdown came when Paul Brown had a 90-yard kickoff return in the opening quarter.
posted by keith peters on Nov 1, 2008 at 9:57 am
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