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December 2, 2009 > Trojans find a way to win

Trojans find a way to win

By Biff Jones

Milpitas High School's football team came back late to defeat Piedmont Hills High School in the Central Coast Section (CCS) DI semifinals Friday, Nov. 27, at San Jose City College.

Trailing 14-8 with just under four minutes to play, the Trojans drove 75 yards to tie the game with 1:25 left, and took the lead with the successful point after try, 15-14, which they would hold for the victory.

Opening quarter saw the Trojans score first on a 33-yard pass from senior quarterback Cameron Hernandez to senior wide receiver Kwanzaa Striplin. On the ensuing extra point attempt, a high snap from center made the holder, Hernandez, scramble with the ball until he could complete a pass to senior wide receiver Jonathon Fullbright for a two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.

Second quarter saw the Pirates answer with a 16-yard scoring pass from quarterback Joshua McCain to wide receiver Damon Bates. McCain's pass attempt on the two-point conversion was incomplete and Milpitas held an 8-6 lead into the half.

On the Pirates first possession of the second half they started on their own 20 yard line. After moving the ball to their own 37, McCain hit wide receiver Rodney McKenzie with a 67-yard scoring pass. A two point pass from McCain to running back Devante Williams was successful and Piedmont Hills took their first lead of the game, 14-8.

It appeared the Trojans would regain the lead when Fullbright returned the kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, but it was called back on a holding penalty, one of several penalties that kept Milpitas from winning the game in convincing fashion.

For the remainder of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter, stormy weather made the passing game very difficult for both teams' quarterbacks and receivers. Consequently, both sides ended their offensive series with punts or turning the ball over on downs until the Trojans final 75-yard drive.

On the winning drive, Hernandez hit passes of 27 yards to Fullbright; nine yards to senior wide receiver Devante Crummie; and 29 yards to sophomore wide receiver Jordan Lockett, which put the ball on the Piedmont Hills one yard line.

From their, Hernandez took the ball into the end zone on a quarterback sneak to tie the game. Senior Alex Tran converted the winning extra point, sending the Trojans to the DI CCS Finals.

According to Milpitas Coach Kelly King, "Despite the rain and weather conditions, the kids found a way to score on the late drive."

Hernandez usually alternates series at quarterback with senior Kent "Junior" London (London also plays some wide receiver) but London missed the game on Friday night. Coach King says London will play in the finals.

Next up for the number-three seeded Trojans is the CCS DI Championship game against top-seed San Benito High School, Saturday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. at San Jose City College.

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