November 11, 2009 > Milpitas maneuvers into win column
Milpitas maneuvers into win column
By Idorenyin Uto-Uko
Milpitas High School (7-2) and Homestead High School (3-4) entered last Friday night's football game (November 6) with great hopes and expectations. The visiting Trojans were looking to end their two-game league losing streak. Homestead was hoping to even their record and advance their contention for playoffs.
"We beat Wilcox. If we do well tonight, we have a good chance of making the playoffs," said Homestead Coach Leonard Harris before the game.
Unfortunately Morris's team would come up short as Milpitas beat their host convincingly, 37-6, in a game played at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale.
Milpitas would use the energy it had from their Wilcox loss the previous week as momentum and pounced on Homestead early.
In the first quarter the Trojans would set the tone for the entire game. They scored on their first possession in a 12-play drive which would end with a 23-yard FG by Alex Tran to give Milpitas its first lead with 7:37 left in the first.
Homestead would try to get themselves back in the game on the kickoff when John Martin broke threw the Trojans special teams unit for a 35-yard return. But the Trojan defense would force a fumble (recovered by Anthony Salima).
The Trojans used the second quarter to utilize it's talented two quarterback system. Both of the quarterbacks - Cameron Hernandez and Junior London - were able to assist their team in scoring three touchdowns in the quarter.
Hernandez was able to connect with tight end Clayton DeSilva for a 15-yard touchdown connection with 10:11 in the quarter; London would show off his fancy footwork as he had a 43-yard scamper to put his Trojans in good field position, leading to a score.
Ben Pomele capped the first-half scoring for the Trojans when he crossed the goal line on a five-yard plunge to make the score 24-0 at the half.
Hernandez would begin as quarterback for the Trojans in the third quarter. He would find Antonio Douglass for a quick touchdown pass with 8:14 left in the quarter to give the Trojans a commanding 31-0 lead.
Seniors Tyler Barnes and Brian Rodgers would try to keep their Mustangs in the game with some short yard plays. Neil Green scored Homestead's only touchdown of the game with 25 seconds left in the quarter.
Milpitas returns home Friday, Nov. 13, for its regular-season finale against Los Gatos at 7:30 p.m.