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December 9, 2009 > Trojans capture second CCS crown in four years

Trojans capture second CCS crown in four years

By Biff Jones
Photos By William Mancebo

Milpitas High School's football team won this year's Central Coast Section (CCS) Division I Football Championship with a 28-10 victory over San Benito High School Saturday night, Dec. 5, at San Jose City College.

It was the second CCS first place finish in the last four years for the Trojans and Coach Kelly King, having won the CCS Large School Division title in 2006.

Milpitas started out strong when senior quarterback Cameron Hernandez hit senior wide receiver Kwanzaa Striplin with a 50-yard pass on the first play from scrimmage on their own 35 yard line.

A personal foul penalty by the Haybalers gave Milpitas a first down on the San Benito seven. After a six-yard pass from Hernandez to senior running back Jonathon Fullbright, Hernandez took the ball in on a quarterback sneak with less than two minutes played in the first quarter. Senior Alex Tran's extra point gave the Trojans a 7-0 lead.

On the Haybalers first possession of the game, quarterback Trevor Fabing found wide receiver Brandon Rodriquez with a 25-yard pass completion to the midfield. This would be about the only significant pass of the evening for San Benito as they stuck with the running game for the remainder of the game.

Following the pass, a fumble recovered by the Trojans' Striplin, playing defensive back, would give the ball back to Milpitas on its own 42. Defenses then took over as the next three possessions ended with punts.

With 4:45 to go in the opening quarter, Milpitas got the ball on its own 16 yard line. Hernandez would hit passes of 36 yards to sophomore wide receiver Jordan Lockett; 12 yards to senior running back Ben Pomele; and 23 yards to senior wide receiver Michael Van Damme for a touchdown with 2:03 to go in the first. Extra point made it 14-0 Milpitas.

San Benito finally got on the scoreboard following a Milpitas turnover when the Trojans fumbled the snap from center on a punt attempt and the Haybalers recovered on the Milpitas nine. Three straight running plays by Nicholas Acosta resulted in six points and Celestino Grandos' extra point closed the gap to 14-7 with just under a minute to play in the first half.

Third quarter saw a game of field possession played in the Trojan end with the only score coming on a 38-yard field goal by the Grandos to close the gap to 14-10 at the 3:05 mark of the third.

Milpitas finally turned the field possession into San Benito's half of the field when they made the Haybalers start from its own seven yard line following a punt by Trojan senior Cody Petty with nine and a half to play in the fourth quarter.

Van Damme, playing linebacker, would then recover a Haybaler fumble and give the Trojans a first down on San Benito's 11 yard line. First Milpitas score of the second half came on a nine-yard screen pass from Hernandez to Fullbright. Tran's PAT made it 21-10 with 8:33 to play.

Continuing to play the fourth quarter in the San Benito end of the field, the Trojans would score again with 2:46 to play on a six-yard TD pass from Hernandez to senior wide receiver Antonio Douglas to take a commanding 28-10 lead.

Striplin intercepted a Fabing pass with 1:23 left to ice the game, and clinch the CCS Championship for the Trojans.

"We started strong, weathered the storm in the third quarter, and got back to Trojan football," said King.

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