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Sports - September 7, 2012

Sports Shorts

ON GRIDIRON . . . The Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Midgets' football team will have this weekend off, a deserved break after opening the season with a pair of victories. The latest came Sunday in a 36-0 triumph over the Oakland Dynamites at Oakland Tech High. The Knights (2-0) wasted little time, scoring on a 64-yard run on the second play from scrimmage. It was the first of two long touchdown runs by running back Jordan Schilling, who also scored on a 57-yard run in the second quarter. He led all rushers with 136 yards. Sione Latu, the Knights' largest player at 155 pounds, moved from tackle to fullback and gained 12 yards on his first-ever carry. He followed with a 52-yard touchdown run for his first touchdown and finished with 64 yards on just two carries. Ethan Stern ran for 74 yards and a touchdown to round out the Knights' rushing attack. Quarterback Jake Rittman threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Josh Brigel, the Knights' only pass attempt, to round out the scoring. The Knights' defense was stellar as it did not allow Oakland a first down while giving up just 43 yards of total offense. The defense was led by ends Ty Wilcox and Ben Cleasby plus linebackers Schilling, Stern, Jamie Cullen, Alifeleti Malupo and defensive line Latu and Jackson Chryst. The Knights' other four teams suffered their second losses of the season. Palo Alto, minus its Jr. Midget team, will travel to San Jose on Sunday to face Oak Grove. Games start at 11 a.m.

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