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September 11, 2007 > Trojans lose late in a nail biter

Trojans lose late in a nail biter

By Biff Jones

Milpitas Trojans varsity football team fell to Archbishop Mitty Monarchs of San Jose last Friday night under the lights in a game played on the Trojans' home field. It was a game featuring the big play passing attack of Milpitas versus the grind it out running game of Mitty. The game pitted Milpitas, the defending large school champions of the CCS (Central Coast Section) and a member of the powerful De Anza Division of the SCVAL (Santa Clara Valley Athletic League) against Mitty, one of the favorites to win the equally powerful WCAL (West Catholic Athletic League) of CCS.

After receiving the opening kick-off, Milpitas' first play from scrimmage resulted in a pass interception by Mitty's Mitch Haniger. Mitty immediately took advantage of the
turnover when quarterback Elliot Stewart found six foot four inch tight end, Anthony Miller, with a forty-four yard touchdown pass on the Monarchs first play from scrimmage. Patrick Chamberlin added the extra-point to give Mitty a 7-0 lead after only sixteen seconds of play.

Milpitas finally got on the scoreboard when running back Havelock Pomele took a snap under center at the Monarch's one yard line and ran in up the gut on a quarterback sneak. This would be the only time all game the Trojans would take a snap under center as all the others would be from the "shotgun" formation. The attempted extra-point by Domingo Silva following the touchdown, hit the left upright and bounced back to leave the score 7-6 Mitty, which is how the first quarter would end.

Early second quarter action saw an apparent Milpitas touchdown brought back on a clipping penalty. The Trojans would not score on that possession. Later in the quarter, Milpitas tried to run a play from their own two yard line out of the "gun" formation and ended up committing a blocking penalty in the end zone. This resulted in an automatic safety for Mitty. That would have been a good time to use Pomele again from under center to try and make some room for the Trojans' offense to operate. Later in the quarter, with about seven seconds remaining in the first half, Silva added a twenty-two yard field goal that allowed the Monarchs to take a 12-6 lead into the locker room.

Third quarter went scoreless until midway through the period. Then Milpitas threatened to take its first lead of the game as senior quarterback, Angel Arce, hit wide receiver Chris Albright with a forty-two yard touchdown pass. However, Silva's second attempted extra-point was just like the first and hit the left upright, bouncing back to leave the score knotted at 12-12. After receiving the ensuing kick-off, Mitty started play near mid-field and would up with another twenty-two yard field goal by Chamberlin to give the Monarch's a 15-12 lead. That would also be the score at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter there was nothing but "fireworks." First Mitty would intercept a fourth down Milpitas pass. After holding Mitty on downs and forcing a punt, the Trojans committed the sin of trying to field a punt inside their own ten yard line and fumbled it. Monarchs recovered the ball on the Trojans' one and immediately took it in for a touchdown on a run by Kenny Jackson. Following extra-point by Chamberlin was good and it gave Mitty a 22-12 lead.

In an attempt to replace last year's starting quarterback, Brandon Carswell, the 2006 CCS player of the year, Milpitas head coach, Kelly King, rotated three players at quarterback during the game. Besides Acre, Junior Jacob Cuellar and sophomore Cameron Hernandez were used. However, Acre had the best game of the three and may be the heir apparent to Carswell.

Milpitas struck quickly following the Mitty touchdown after the Trojans fumble, as Acre would hit wide receiver Charles Satchell with a touchdown pass of forty-five yards. This time Silva's extra-point was good to cut the lead to 22-19 Mitty. Milpitas forced the Monarchs to punt on their next possession and took over on its own eleven yard line. Two straight plays with no gain gave the Trojans a third down and ten yards to go at their eleven. Again Milpitas struck quickly as Acre hit Albright with a fifty-six yard pass to the Mitty thirty-three, and then followed that with a thirty-three yard touchdown pass on the next play, again to Albright. Milpitas had its first lead of the day, 26-22, after Silva's second converted extra-point, with just under five minutes to go in the contest.

This ended up being too much time as the Monarchs were not done. From their own thirty-eight yard line, Mitty began a time-eating drive. They used only running plays and converted first down after first down. Monarchs took the lead, this time for good, with only twenty-seven seconds remaining when running back Thomas Reynolds swept left end for a six yard score. Chamberlin's extra-point attempt was no good but Mitty had the lead, 28-26. Milpitas' first play after the kick-off saw Mitty intercept the ball with only nineteen seconds left. Despite Milpitas using time-outs after the next three snaps of the ball, the Monarchs were able to run out the clock.

Mitty improved to 2-0 while Milpitas dropped to 1-1. Next up for the Trojans is Newark Memorial this Friday night, 14th, at 7 p.m. on the Newark Campus, 39375 Cedar Blvd, Newark. This is a continuation of the intersectional rivalry between two schools from two different sections of the nine sections in CIF (California Interscholastic Federation). Milpitas is in the CCS while Newark Memorial is part of the NCS (North Coast Section). Despite being only ten miles apart, what separates the two NorCal Sections, is the Alameda and Santa Clara County line.

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