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October 26, 2010 > Milpitas gears up for stretch run; Hayward rolls

Milpitas gears up for stretch run; Hayward rolls

By Biff Jones

Milpitas High School Trojans hope the worst is behind them after hosting the undefeated Palo Alto High School Vikings on Friday, Oct. 22, in Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division football action. It was the Trojans third loss in a row, 35-0, having dropped league games to Los Gatos and Wilcox high schools of Santa Clara the previous two weeks.

Palo Alto running back B.J. Boyd capped off a four-plus minute drive with a 23-yard touchdown at the three-minute mark of the first quarter and it was all downhill from there for the Trojans.

In the second quarter, after exchanging possessions, the Vikings added to their lead with a 90-yard drive. On the drive, which took just under three minutes and left only 47 seconds in the half, Palo Alto senior quarterback Christoph Bono, son of former 49er quarterback Steve Bono, led the visitors to their second TD of the game with four completions, including a 10-yard scoring pass to tight end Michael Cullen for a 14-0 halftime lead.

To start the second half, Bono hooked up with receiver Damante Adams for a 68-yard catch and ran for a TD and a 21-0 lead over the reigning Central Coast Section champions. On the ensuing kickoff, Trojan junior running back Sammy Fanua returned it to the Milpitas 48 yard line. However, Milpitas could not capitalize on the field position and was forced to punt.

Palo Alto turned its next possession into points. This time it was Bono to receiver Maurice Williams with a 59 yard pass and run strike at 5:13 to play in the third putting the Vikings up 28-0. After the Vikings had to kickoff from their own 25 yard line because of an unsportsmanlike penalty, Fanua returned the kick to the Viking 35. Again Milpitas was stymied by the Palo Alto defense and turned the ball over on downs.

Final score of the game came on a Bono to Adams 27-yard TD. Milpitas is now 3-3-1 overall and 1-3 in De Anza play. Palo Alto improved to 7-0, 4-0. Trojans will next play on Friday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. at De Anza League rival Gunn High School of Palo Alto.

"We have the difficult part of our schedule behind us: Los Gatos, Wilcox and Palo Alto. If we win our last three games, we will be 6-3-1 and able to receive a playoff bid," said Milpitas coach Kelly King. "That would give us a chance to defend our division championship."

Also last Friday, Hayward High School Farmers traveled across town to take on Hayward Area Athletic League rival Tennyson High School Lancers. After taking a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on Freddi Lavai's 25-yard TD pass from David Curtis, the Lancers broke the game open with four scores in the second period for a 34-6 half time advantage.

Edward Fucies had three touchdowns on runs of 48 and seven yards, and a kickoff return 53 yards; Anthony Salary scored the other second-quarter TD, a 55-yard run. Hayward sophomore John Hughes had a 42-yard interception return for a third quarter TD. He also led the Farmers in rushing with 106 yards on three carries.

Tennyson is now 4-3, 2-2 and next play at HAAL rival Castro Valley High School on Friday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. Hayward is 4-3, 3-1 and host HAAL leader Bishop O'Dowd High School of Oakland, also this Friday, 7 p.m. at Sunset Field.

Mt. Eden High School Monarchs regrouped from a forfeit loss a week ago to put up a valiant effort in a 34-14 home loss to Castro Valley on Friday, Oct. 22. Monarchs closed the gap to 13-6 late in the third quarter on quarterback Issac Robinson's 21-yard pass to receiver Fabian Arrizon before the visitors pulled away.

Mt. Eden sophomore Devante McGowan had 66 yards on13 carries and scored once. He also ran the ball in for a two-point conversion. Robinson was 14-25 passing for 177 yards and a touchdown. Monarchs remain winless on the year and will travel to Arroyo High School on Saturday, Oct. 30, for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.

A homecoming game for Moreau Catholic High School Mariners against Bay Shore Athletic League rival St. Patrick/St. Vincent of Vallejo saw the teams in a 14-14 tie midway through the third quarter. That is when the visitors would pull away with third quarter TD passes of 68 and 29 yards. Both teams were nearly even in the final quarter, 21-20, and Moreau dropped the encounter, 49-34.

Mariners Adam Robinson was 10-22 for 220 yards passing and two touchdowns; Brendan Nugent led the hosts in rushing going 97 yards on 14 carries. Moreau Catholic is now 4-2-1, 2-2 and play at Bay Shore rival John Swett High School of Crockett Friday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, California School for the Deaf Fremont Eagles traveled south to take on its state counterpart, CSD Riverside. Fremont's 20-12 victory gives the Eagles a 5-0 nonconference record. This week CSD Fremont hosts Berean Christian High School of Walnut Creek on Friday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., in Bay Football League action where they are 0-2 this year.

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