October 21, 2009 > Hernandez heroics help Milpitas
Hernandez heroics help Milpitas
By Idorenyin Uto-Uko
Milpitas senior quarterback Cameron Hernandez entered last Friday night's, Oct. 16, game against Mountain View with high hopes and great expectations. The All-League quarterback was playing without fellow classmate and quarterback Junior London who had injured his shoulder earlier in the week.
The duo has combined to lead a Trojan team that averages nearly 200 yards per game in passing and 226 yards rushing. But Hernandez was able to lead the Trojans (6-0, 2-0) to a 48-18 victory over the visiting Spartans on Homecoming Night.
The first quarter was the only quarter where the visiting Spartans looked like they were ready to battle the Trojans. Mountain Views would receive the ball on offense first but the Trojans defense would make its presence felt early when Kwanzaa Striplin would intercept a pass. The turnover would prove costly for the Spartans
Milpitas would utilize standout sophomore wide receiver Jordan Lockett on its first possession and score on a seven-yard touchdown run.
Mountain View would answer Milpitas with a blocked punt and score on a crucial fourth down play when wide receiver Brad Hughes caught an eight-yard pass making the game 7-6 in with 2:26 left in the first quarter.
The first quarter would end on a five-play drive where senior running back Ben Pomele scored with 20 second left on a 45-yard pass from Hernandez.
Hughes would try to keep his Spartan teammates in the game by catching passes of 15 yards and returning a kickoff 35 yard in the second quarter. His quick hands and would eventually help Mt. View's running game where there tailback Bristol was able to score a touchdown from the two-yard line.
Mt. View would attempt to take the lead with a two-point conversion, but it would fail.
Hernandez would unleash his throwing range again when he would connect on a 45-yard pass to Antonio Douglas which brought Milpitas to the 20-yard line. Hernandez pass would lead to a 10-yard touchdown run from Devante Crummie at 4:15 left in the half to make the score 20-12 with the an extra point from Alex Tran.
Mt. View would try to make the game competitive again. But the Milpitas defense proved too much for the Spartans. Junior linebacker Anthony Paz would intercept a pass by Mt. View's quarterback. Paz would return the ball 65yards for a touchdown with 51 seconds left in the half to make the game 27-12.
At halftime Hernandez had 117 yards and was crowned Homecoming King.
The Homecoming King would continue to attack the Spartan defense and spread the ball to his senior classmates.
Michael Van Damme was able get on the scoreboard by slicing through three Mt. View defenders on his way to an 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Fellow senior Jonathan Fullbright would get in the mix and score on a 50-yard touchdown run of his own in the quarter.
Fullbright would end the game with 115 yards rushing. Van Damme's and Fullbright's scores would blow the game open for the Trojans and make the score 40-12 early in the third quarter.
Mountain View would not give up hope as their menacing running back Bristol would score another touchdown on a three-yard run.
The Trojans would demonstrate their explosive offensive in the fourth quarter when Lockett would score on a shuffle pass from Hernandez who would end the game with 240 yards passing. Lockett would show his break away speed and out run the Mt. View defense for 86 yards and his second touchdown of the night.
With the win against Mt. View the Trojans moves to 6-0 overall, 2-0 in the De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League. Milpitas will be on the road this week as they face a tough team from Palo Alto (4-2, 1-1).