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August 26, 2009 > Trojans march toward 2009 season

Trojans march toward 2009 season

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

Milpitas football fanatics should be excited to know that school is back in session. Their Milpitas Trojans return nearly 40 players from last year's De Anza Division championship team. Coach Kelly King's team graduated three of the best players in the Central Coast Section in Viet Doung, Steve Fanua and Chris Albright. The three talented former Trojans accounted for nearly 50 percent of the teams total in tackles and offensive production.

Fanua, a freshman at Cal-Berkley broke into the Trojans record books for sacks and tackles. He was able to surpass notable MHS defensive alum Dedrick Roper and Tab Perry, who have each played professionally in the National Football League. Viet Doung, a two-sport athlete and All-League All-Star performer at linebacker, will be sorely missed as well - but not by opposing offensives.

Albright, an All-CCS all-star was simply an awesome array of aerial attack for the Trojans in 2008. Against Homestead in the first round of CCS playoffs, Albright amassed nearly 140 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns.

Even though King loses Fanua, Doung and Albright, he is assured that his team will be alright. He expects big things from quarterbacks Kent London, Cameron Hernandez, Ben Polome and Clayton De Silva to name a few.

London and Hernandez gave and impressive mix of quickness and accuracy for the Trojans who finished the season 9-2 overall, 5-1 in the ultra-competitive De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.

Ben Polome along with James Fullbright should lead the running game again this season. Each of them was able to gain invaluable experience while playing in the post season along with having more than one 100-yard game.

But, as any good coach knows, defense wins championships. The Trojans will have defensive stoppers Clayton De Silva, Marki Muskai and Freddie Marquez that should help them on their quest for another De Anza Division title. And King is very thrilled to have nearly half of last year's championship team returning.

"We are very excited and looking forward to getting on the field," said King. He understands the challenges his team must face as reigning champs. But, he also welcomes it with respect and modesty. "It's going to be tough," King continued. "We are going take each game one at a time."

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