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October 14, 2009 > Fantastic area football

Fantastic area football

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

High school football in the Tri-City area has as many peaks and valleys as the mountains which it encompasses. From Milpitas to Castro Valley the teams are ready for stiff competition each and every week.

Unfortunately for Milpitas, the Trojans have yet to receive an opponent that is able to put a dent in its record. The team is 5-0 and is rated as the top high school by most notable publications.

The team beat Saratoga on the road Friday night, Oct. 9, 55-21, to remain undefeated. The victory was their third-straight road victory of the season. Coach Kelly King's team is averaging 45 points per game in comparison to their opponents' 8 while on the road this year. That average includes a 42-0 shutout of Monta Vista the previous week.

The Monta Vista shutout was the second shutout for the Trojans this young season. Its first came in the season opener when the team beat North Salinas, 42-0, at home.

In the Saratoga game senior quarterback Cameron Hernandez threw for three touchdown passes in the contest.

"Cameron played great. Our league is always tough," said King. The team scored in double figures in each of the four quarters. Saratoga would make a strong attempt to keep the game close in the third quarter when they scored two touchdowns. But it was the Trojans time to shine in their last of three road games.

The team will be back at Trojan Stadium this Friday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. when they face off against Mountain View (3-2, 0-2), who is coming off a 35-7 loss to Wilcox. King doesn't take any team in the Santa Clara Valley League lightly though.

"Basically we are in a power league," said King. "Anybody can beat anybody on any given day."

Other teams such as those in the Hayward Area Athletic League are just begging to find their rhythm as the season reaches its midpoint mark.

San Leandro 8, Tennyson 7

The game was exactly what the score indicated: a defensive battle. The two HAAL rivals squared off for four quarters. San Lorenzo (3-2, 2-0) came from behind to win in storybook fashion on the last drive of the game. Scrappy San Leandro Rebels quarterback Nick Stewart was able to maneuver his team with a 47-yard drive and a three-yard quarterback sneak which closed the Lancers lead to 7-6 and the kick after Stewart's touchdown was good.

Bishop O' Dowd 29, Mt. Eden 14

Mario Brown would get three touchdowns in the game versus Mt. Eden. One of the touchdowns was on a kickoff return. Brown would rush for 100 yards to lead the Dragons to another HAAL victory and evening three league record at 2-2-1.

Rounding out the HAAL scores, Moreau Catholic trounced Albany, 54-21, at home; and San Leandro annihilated Hayward, 66-20, on the Farmers' field.

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