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November 4, 2014 > Milpitas defense come up big, remains unbeaten

Milpitas defense come up big, remains unbeaten

Submitted By Mike Heightchew

The Milpitas Trojans beat the Los Gatos Wildcats 27-21 in a closely fought battle; the win did not come easy for the Trojans to hold onto an unbeaten record and the first seed in the Open Division of the Central Coast Section.

Los Gatos drove 78 yards on their opening possession, converting two third-down plays. Running back Joey Wood completed the drive with a 2-yard run for a touchdown to make it 7-0.for the Wildcats. Milpitas gave the ball right back to the Wildcats via a fumble on their first offensive play of the game; Los Gatos put Milpitas in a deep hole when Wildcats Dru Brown found Matt Wilcox on a 45-yard strike to make it 14-0 with 8:13 left in the first quarter.

Milpitas came right back as they put together a well balanced offensive attack for 73 yards; Christian Rita scored from 3 yards out to make it 14-6 game. Then Christian Rita put the Trojans right back into the game when he returned a interception for 45 yards making it a 14-13 game.

The Trojans finally took control of the game when John Keller found Dion Leonard for 46-yard touchdown pass giving the Trojans the lead 19-14. Milpitas added to its lead in the third quarter when Christian Rita took a quick pass near the sideline and ran for an 11-yard touchdown. Los Gatos didnÕt give up and made this game a titanic battle. On a razzle-dazzle play, Dru Brown got a backward pass and then put the ball in the air for a 38-yard pass to Nick Occhipinti to cut the TrojansÕ lead to 27-21 heading to the fourth quarter.

A wildcats opportunity for the win came when Matt Wilcox intercepted a pass in the end zone, giving them the ball on their 20 yard line. It was then that MilpitasÕ Victor Rodriguez made the play of the night, intercepting a fourth-down pass just a few yards from the goal line with just under a minute to play, ending the night for the Wildcats. Final score: 27-21 for the Trojans.

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