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Sports - October 12, 2012

Sports Shorts

STILL PERFECT It was a day to keep streaks alive as the Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Midgets posted a 14-0 victory over Elk Grove in American Youth Football action Sunday at Palo Alto High. This team of Palo Alto players improved to 7-0 this season and lengthened their winning streak in California to 26 games. The Knights lost at the national championships (in Florida) in 2010 as Jr. Pee Wees and '11 at Pee Wees. "This is a very focused and smart football team," said head coach Mike Piha. "We do not have a lot of speed . . . these players just know how to play the game and have completely out-powered all opponents." Piha and his coaching staff have been together for 10-plus years, during which they have won eight league championships and advanced eight times to the national championships in Orlando, Fla. "Coaching is a big part of youth football. Our offensive coordinator and co-head coach, Eric Borjon, is as good as they come," Piha said. "He has our players running high school-level plays and always out-coaches our opponents." On Sunday, the Knights took the opening kickoff and drove 94 yards for their first score — a five-yard run by Ethan Stern. He finished the day with his third consecutive 100-plus yard rushing game. The previous week, Stern had 130 yards rushing and scored two TDs in a 40-6 win over host Richmond. The Knights' second score came on Stern's 11-yard run in the third quarter. The other Palo Alto teams lost to Elk Grove. The Knights' defense came up with another stellar effort as it held a fast Elk Grove team under a 100 yards of total offense and defended their spread offense by putting pressure on the quarterback. Ty Cox, Stern and Jamie Cullen led the defensive effort. The Knights will travel to Kezar Stadium in San Francisco on Sunday to play the San Francisco Seahawks, with action beginning at 8 a.m. The Jr. Midgets will put their undefeated record on the line against a 6-1 Seahawks' team at 2 p.m.

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