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November 26, 2008 > Trojans fall in football playoffs

Trojans fall in football playoffs

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

For most of the year Milpitas has been the team to beat in the De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League. They were riding a seven-game winning streak, but that was before they got beat by the Bells of Bellarmine Prep., 34-7, on Saturday, Nov. 22 in the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section football playoffs.

The Bells, ranked as a top-10 team in the state by Max Preps and most other premier high school football polls, and Trojans, which features many Division I college prospects, each entered the game as Co-Champions of their respective leagues.

Bellarmine proved to be a superior team from the start of the game, utilizing Stanford-bound running back Usua Amanan, who tallied over 200 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns.

Milpitas Head Coach Kelley King was hoping to counter Amanan with its own offensive weapon, Chris Albright. But Albright was limited to five catches for 65 yards and no touchdowns.

Bellarmine scored five times in first half. Three of the scores came on runs from Amanan. And the Bells went into the half with a 34-0 lead.

Milpitas' defense would finally show up in the second half. They would shut down the Bells offense, not allowing a point. However, the offense could only score once, and that wasn't until late in the fourth quarter, when quarterback Kent London would connect with a Gerome Rodgers for an 18-yard touchdown.

Milpitas ended its season with a 10-2 record; Bellarmine will battle Serra High at San Jose City College on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Central Coast Section Open Division Semifinals.

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