Varsity Boys Football
Palo Alto 56, Mountain View 0
Date of competition: Friday, November 7, 2008
Coming off consecutive league loses to Wilcox and Milpitas, the Palo Alto football team found itself struggling to stay afloat in the close playoff race in the Central Coast Section Large School Division.
After Friday's 56-0 SCVAL De Anza Division victory against visiting Mountain View on Friday, the Vikings (3-2, 6-3) not only celebrated Senior Night but put themselves in position to clinch their sixth consecutive postseason playoff berth.
Senior captains Will Brandin and Sam Tompkins-Jenkins paced the Vikings to six scoring drives of 72, 70, 51, 90, 91, and 52 yards in only three quarters of action as Palo Alto racked up 527 total yards of offense against the hapless Spartans (0-5, 2-6-1).
Not to be outdone by the high-octane attacks of quarterback Brandin, running back Tompkins-Jenkins, and a multitude of receivers, the defense contributed four interceptions, five sacks, and an astonishing 10 quarterback hurries.
In a night where the Palo Alto juggernaut of an offense was firing on all cylinders, Mountain View struggled against Paly's faster players. The Vikings compiled 13 plays of 15 yards or more, while rushing for 307 yards and throwing for 220 more. Tompkins-Jenkins supplied the bulk of the yardage as he rushed for 204 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown, while senior Casey Fields scored three touchdowns.
Brandin played his best game of the season as he only misfired on one pass before completing eight of eight for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Brandin's favorite targets were his two senior tight ends, Will Holder and Steven Gargulio. Holder caught three passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns, while Gargulio also caught three passes for 65 yards.
In addition to providing crucial sparks on the offensive side, Holder played superbly on the defense front, as well. On the Spartans' second offensive series, Holder got Paly's first interception of the day and promptly returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. The senior cornerback combo of Paul Brown and Harry Woolsen added three interceptions as Brown caught two and Woolsen added one. Both Brown and Woolsen, the team's primary punt and kick returners, provided electrifying runbacks of 16, 59, and 51 yards respectively.
Palo Alto plays at Los Gatos (5-1, 7-2) next Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the final league matchup for both teams. Milpitas (5-1, 8-1) still leads the league following a 49-18 romp over Saratoga on Friday. Los Gatos can tie for the division lead by beating Paly, while the Vikings need a victory or likely will finish fourth and miss out on an automatic CCS berth.
posted by Philip Homnack on Nov 10, 2008 at 9:30 am
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