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Palo Alto (final) 15, Centennial 13

Date of competition: Friday, December 17, 2010

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Palo Alto wrapped up the finest football season in the 99 years of playing the sport by holding off nationally ranked Centennial (Corona), 15-13, to win the CIF Division I state championship on a rainy Friday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

Palo Alto put the finishing touches on a magical 14-0 season by shutting down the most prolific offense in the history of California state football. The No. 5-ranked Huskies came in averaging 54.8 points a game and over 530 yards of total offense. The Vikings held Centennial (14-1) to its lowest output of the season.

Centennial got within 15-13 after a 33-yard touchdown run by quarterback Michael Eubank with 4:14 left in the game. The Huskies went for two points, but Eubank was stopped by T.J. Braff, Michael Cullen and Will Glazier.

Palo Alto failed to get a first down and had to punt, with Centennial taking over at the Paly 42 with 2:33 left in the game. Maurice Williams and Kevin Anderson each came up with great defensive plays and the Huskies were forced to try a 42-yard field goal with 35 seconds to play. The attempt was short and right.

Paly quarterback Christoph Bono took a knee and the clock ran out, giving the Vikings their first football state title ever.

Bono threw touchdown passes of 12 yards to Davante Adams and 80 yards to Williams as the Vikings grabbed a 15-0 halftime lead.

The Vikings grabbed a 2-0 lead in the opening quarter when the Huskies, ranked fifth in the nation, snapped the ball into the end zone from their own 16-yard line.

The Vikings stopped Centennial at the Paly 23 to end the first quarter. Palo Alto then marched 74 yards in 10 plays with Bono finishing the drive with a 12-yard TD pass to Adams for a 9-0 lead with 6:43 left in the half.

Centennial eventually drove down to Paly's 7-yard-line, but the Vikings held and took over at their own 20 with under 1:30 to play. Two plays later, Bono lofted a wobbly pass downfield that Williams came back on, leapt for the catch, and then outran the Huskies' defense for an 80-yard score with 25 seconds left in the half.

Centennial got on the board in the after a 74-yard run by QB Michael Eubank set up a four-yard TD run by Romello Goodman in the third quarter.

Centennial's top running back, Barrinton Collins, was knocked out of the game in the first half after gaining 101 yards. He did not play in the second half.

CIF Division I State Championship
At Home Depot Center, Carson
Palo Alto 2 13 0 0 - 15
Centennial 0 0 7 6 - 13
PA – Safety, Eubank falls on bad snap in end zone,
PA – Adams 11 pass from Bono (Bono kick)
PA – Williams 80 pass from Bono (run failed)
C – Goodman 4 run (Rivera kick)
C – Eubank 33 run (run failed)
First downs: PA 13, C 19
Rushing attempts/yards: PA 35-74, C 49-349
Passing: PA 13-23-0-215, C 10-20-0-111
Total yards: PA 289, C 460
Fumbles/lost: PA 0/0, C 4/2
Penalties: PA 6-30, C 11-112
Time of possession: PA 29:18, C 18:42
Paly, Boyd 12-44, Hill 14-29, Gates-Mouton 1-7, team 1-(minus 1), Bono 7-(minus 5). Centennial, Eubank 16-164, Goodman 15-102, Collins 17-101, team 1-(minus 18). Totals: Palo Alto 35-74; Centennial 49-349.
PASSING: Paly, Bono 13-23-0-215. Centennial, Eubank 10-20-0-111.
RECEIVING: Paly, Williams 3-99, Adams 4-53, Braff 3-43, Cullen 1-9, Hill 1-7, Boyd 1-4. Centennial, Finney 3-50, Scott 3-31, Olijade 4-30. Totals: Palo Alto 13-215; Centennial 10-111.
Tackles: Paly, Braff 10, Cullen 10, Anderson 10, Pratti 8. Centennial, Bass 11, Jack 9, Tuihalamaka 7.
Records: Palo Alto 14-0, Centennial 14-1.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Dec 17, 2010 at 8:08 pm

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posted by Palo Alto Online on Dec 20, 2010 at 9:08 am

Video Highlights of Palo Alto High's 15-13 victory over Centennial in the CIF Division I state championship game. Video courtesy EenerSports on
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posted by Palo Alto Online on Dec 22, 2010 at 11:06 am

Video Full game video of Palo Alto's 15-13 victory over Centennial (Corona) for the CIF Division I state football championship. Video courtesy of InFocus (Palo Alto High) via YouTube. com.
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