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Publication Date: Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Palo Alto pass defense still looking for a test Palo Alto pass defense still looking for a test (October 05, 2005)

by Keith Peters

The Palo Alto football team is still waiting for its first real test when it comes to pass defense. That time could arrive Friday night when the Vikings play host to Milpitas in a SCVAL De Anza Division game at 7:30 p.m.

Milpitas (0-0, 3-1) brings a potent offense that dismantled Monta Vista, 44-0, in a nonleague game last Friday. Paly (1-0, 3-1), meanwhile, is coming off a 39-0 pasting of Homestead.

More important for the Vikings, they are coming off yet another standout defensive effort - especially in the area of pass defense. Paly allowed Homestead only one pass completion for five yards. In four games, the Vikings have allowed the opposition just 117 yards through the air.

During that time, Palo Alto has outscored its opponents, 134-45, with junior quarterback Nick Goodspeed throwing for 733 yards alone.

"We've been pretty consistent all year," Paly coach Earl Hansen said. "Our defensive backs are pretty good."

In addition to Dennis Pruzan and Maurice Williams, 6-foot-5 Cooper Miller has played an important role in pass defense and linebacker Roger Prince was particular solid in the win over Homestead.

Helping the defensive backs do their job was Paly's line, where junior Fred Koloto dominated along with Tim Currie, John Hall, Nick Rosas and Teddy Jones.

"The whole front line played well," Hansen said.

Paly prevented Homestead from advancing deep into Viking territory the entire game. The Mustangs didn't get inside the Paly 30 until the fourth quarter, and that was against Paly's second team.

The Vikings' offense, meanwhile, put the game away early. Goodspeed hit Miller on a 24-yard scoring play in Paly's first series, sparked by a fake punt and 11-yard run by Will Frazier. Two plays later it was 6-0.

Goodspeed also threw a 45-yard scoring strike to Pruzan. Williams took a flanker-around and raced 79 yards for a 25-0 lead and junior running back Evan Warner capped the scoring with TD runs of 33 and 21 yards.

Frazier carried 13 times for 89 yards while Warner added 84 and Williams 79. Goodspeed completed nine of 14 passes for 162 yards, two TDs and no interceptions.

In other games this weekend:

Gunn (0-1, 1-3) goes after its first SCVAL El Camino Division win Friday at Lynbrook (3:15 p.m.) following the Titans' 14-0 loss to visiting Fremont last week.

Menlo (0-1, 1-3) plays host to Sequoia on Friday at 3 p.m. The Knights suffered a 34-7 PAL Ocean Division loss to Half Moon Bay last Saturday.

Menlo-Atherton (0-1, 1-3) plays San Mateo at Sequoia High on Friday night (7:30 p.m.). The Bears were routed by visiting Aragon last week, 54-13.

Sacred Heart Prep (1-0, 3-2) returns to Bay Football League play on Saturday at Salesian following the Gators' 49-0 romp over visiting Harker last weekend.

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