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Sports - August 31, 2012

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A WINNER . . . The Palo Alto Knights opened the 2012 American Youth Football season on the road last Sunday with all five teams playing the always strong Sacramento Raiders. The Knights managed just one victory on the day. The three-time defending NorCal champion Jr. Midgets (11-13 years old) picked up that victory by defeating the Raiders, 14-12. Palo Alto is ranked No. 11 in the nation in the 2012 AYF Preseason Power Rankings for Division I. Palo Alto took the opening kickoff and drove 68 yards, scoring on a three-yard run by Logan Johnson with Luca Zaharias adding the two-point PAT. The Knights' offense continued to move the ball on the ground with strong running from Ben Cleasby and Jordan Schilling. It was Schilling scoring the Knights' second touchdown on a 13-yard run for a 14-0 lead. With the Knights threatening to score with 56 seconds left in the first half, a pass by Johnson pass was intercepted in the end zone and returned 100 yards for a Raiders' touchdown.

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