Varsity Boys Football
Homestead 20, Palo Alto 20
Date of competition: Friday, October 16, 2009
The Vikings (1-0-1, 4-1-1) lost an opportunity to remain tied for first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division following disappointing 20-20 deadlock with the Mustangs (1-1-1, 1-4-1) at Fremont High in Sunnyvale on Friday night.
Palo Alto did win a tiebreaker after junior quarterback T.J. Braff plunged over from the two-yard line after the Vikings had held Homestead on downs. Both teams started from the 10-yard line, with Homestead forced to attempt a field goal that was blocked by Paly's Kevin Anderson. The Vikings then took over, missing on a pass into the end zone before Braff hit Maurice Williams with an eight-yarder, setting up the TD plunge by Braff.
By holding the tiebreaker, Paly eliminates both Homestead and Saratoga should any of the teams finish tied. That, however, is a small consolation given the fact Paly looked to have the game wrapped up when it marched into Homestead territory holding a 20-13 lead late in the fourth quarter. Braff, making his first start this season in place of the injured Christoph Bono, then fumbled a snap from center and the Mustangs recovered. Homestead marched down the field for the game-tying touchdown on a nine-yard run by Aviv Spillinger.
Paly lost starting tight end Kevin Brown to a sprained ankle and would up having a third-stringer in that positon at game's end. Troy Boyland, a key lineman, was still hobbled by his own ankle injury. With Braff moving from strong safety to QB because of the injury to Bono, that forced further lineup changes. Paly, however, still grabbed control early when Braff ran it in from six yards out in the first quarter. Miles Anderson added a 10-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but Joc Pederson's extra-point attempt failed and Paly had a 13-6 lead. That missed proved to be huge at the end of the game. Williams then gave Paly a 20-6 lead when he caught a six-yard TD pass from Braff to cap the first-half effort. Palo Alto came out flat in the second half, with Homestead taking the opening kickoff and marching it in for a TD.
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