Varsity Boys Football

Palo Alto 48, Leigh 0

Date of competition: Saturday, November 22, 2008

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The semifinals are all set for the Central Coast Section Medium School Division semifinals, and the Palo Alto football team is right where it wants to be -- still playing. The No. 6-seeded Vikings (8-3) rushed into the semifinals with a overwhelming 48-0 romp over host Leigh in an opening-round game Saturday night in San Jose.
Next up for Palo Alto will be No. 2 Monterey (9-2), which eliminated Leland, 34-20, on Friday. They'll meet next Saturday at San Jose City College at 3 p.m.
In the other side of the bracket, top-seeded Pioneer advanced with a 41-17 thumping of Aragon while No. 4 Los Gatos moved on with a 21-16 victory over Seaside.
Palo Alto carries plenty of momentum into the semifinals, having beaten Los Gatos and Leigh on back-to-back weekends. A quick start Saturday night got the Vikings off and running as Sam Tompkins-Jenkins ripped off an 86-yard touchdown run on Paly's second possession of the first quarter. He finished with 226 yards rushing on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns.
Tompkins-Jenkins added a three-yard run, followed by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Will Brandin to Will Holder. When Sean Keohane picked off a pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown, Paly had a 28-0 lead at halftime.
Tompkins-Jenkins added a 67-yard run in the third quarter, Brandin hooked up with Joc Pederson on a 13-yard score and Kasey Fiels plunged in from one yard out for the final points.
Paly's defense was once again outstanding as it now has blanked opponents for six straight quarters. Defensive linemen A.J. Castillo and Steve Gargiulo joined with defensive back Harry Woolson and linebacker Keohane among the many standouts.

posted by keith peters on Nov 23, 2008 at 12:39 am


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