November 25, 2009 > Trojans annihilate Mustangs
Trojans annihilate Mustangs
By Nick Zambrano
Photos By Mike Heightchew
Milpitas High School football capitalized on a number of Gilroy High School penalties, leading to the Trojans overwhelming victory over the Mustangs in the first round of the Central Coast Section (CCS) Division I tournament, 58-3, on Saturday, Nov. 21.
"Our offense, defense and our special teams, I think we're kind of getting where we want to be," said Milpitas Coach Kelly King.
With the ball on their own 42-yard line, Trojans quarterback Junior London hooked up with senior wide receiver Kwanzaa Striplin for a 58-yard touchdown and an early 7-0 lead. The drive itself lasted under three minutes, as Milpitas was able to run the ball efficiently and set up their pass attempts with ease.
Defensive lineman Clayton DeSilva continued Milpitas' success getting to the quarterback, as he recorded one of his four sacks on Gilroy's second possession.
"We played with a lot of intensity," said DeSilva. "Our seniors stepped up because every game could be our last."
After a quarterback keeper by London helped widen the gap to 14-0, it was now time for the Trojans' running game to shine. Senior running back Jon Fullbright scampered for a 21-yard score to end the first quarter with commanding 21-point margin.
With two ample-armed quarterbacks on his roster, King formulated a method to help use the full potential of both signal callers. London can kill with his feet as well as his arm, while fellow senior Cameron Hernandez can put air underneath the ball with proficient accuracy.
On third and nine and on the Gilroy 19-yard line, Hernandez showed off his touch with a touchdown pass to Antonio Douglas in the far-right corner of the end zone. With a Gilroy defender draped all over Douglas, Hernandez put the ball right where only Douglas could pluck out of the air.
Douglas' reception opened up the score 28-0 and the Trojans were in full command.
The three-headed monster of Fullbright, Sammy Fanua and Ben Pomele in the Milpitas backfield added more misery to Gilroy's discouraged defense.
Pomele bulldozed through the Mustangs' defense for a 24-yard touchdown after a London third-down conversion kept the drive alive to put the Trojans up 35-0.
The second half was much of the same for Milpitas as they refused to let up.
After Fullbright nearly converted a second and 17, Fanua took the ball over on third and one and proceeded to plow through the Gilroy defenders for a 21-yard TD. Fanua added another touchdown to his stat sheet in the fourth, to make the score 49-0.
The 58-3 demolishing of the Mustangs marks the first playoff victory at home for the Trojans. They will next take on second seed Piedmont Hills High School in the second round of the CCS Playoffs, Saturday, Nov. 28, 3 p.m. at San Jose City College.