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November 5, 2008 > Trojans beat Vikings in football battle

Trojans beat Vikings in football battle

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

In historic warfare, the Vikings and Trojans have been known to give their opponents fierce competition. When the Palo Alto Vikings (5-3) and Milpitas Trojans (7-1) squared off, the two powerhouse football teams did not disappoint Bay Area football fans as they battled over a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Championship.

Over the past three years, Palo Alto had been the team to beat in the SCVAL. They have been to the California State Championship bowl and are the defending large school Open Division champion in the Central Coast Section. But, all good things must come to an end.

The Trojans dominating defense and efficient offense handed the Vikings their second league loss and knocked Palo Alto out of the race for a league championship. Both teams had previously lost to Wilcox during the season.

Prior to the game each of teams had an identical league record of 2-1. Led by the tandem of tailbacks Ben Pomele and Jaron Ioane, host Milpitas conquered Palo Alto with a 16-6 victory on Halloween night.

"We know we are going to play smash-mouth football for us to beat Palo Alto," Pomele commented before the game.

Pomele scored on a 5-yard run and Ioane on a 7-yard gallop to help lead the Trojans past last year's division champion.

The game began with a seven-play drive in the first quarter; quarterback Cameron Hernandez utilized the skills of Gerome Rogers on a 48-yard pitch-and-catch. It was capped on a 35 yard field goal by Alex Tran. On the next offensive drive, Hernandez connected with the aerobatic senior wide receiver Chris Albright for a 34-yard gain to the five. Pomele would finish the drive with a touchdown run.

Palo Alto would not go down without a fight as they tried to chip away at the Trojans 10-0 advantage. On the ensuing kickoff, Paul Brown ran 90 yards for a touchdown. Brown was the only bright spot for the Vikings as Milpitas would shut down a Palo Alto side that was without its starting quarterback, Will Brandin.

"We played with a lot of heart tonight," said Palo Alto coach Earl Hansen. "We just need to finish better."

The fearless defense trio of Steve Fauna, Viet Doung and Clayton De Silva, would smother sophomore quarterback T.J. Braff. The Trojans sacked Braff six times, and forced numerous hurried passes.

Milpitas Coach Kelly King is very modest, but understands about patience when playing football games. "Palo Alto is a very good football team," said King. "We are trying to take each game one game at a time."

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