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Sports - December 7, 2012

Sports Shorts

KNIGHTS FOURTH . . . The Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Midgets football team will return home from the American Youth Football National Championships with a fourth-place finish in its division following a 44-16 loss to the Detroit Falcons in the third-place game Thursday in Kissimmee, Fla. Palo Alto, which compiled an 11-3 record this season, actually held an 8-0 lead in the first quarter after Ty Cox caught a four-yard TD pass from Jake Rittman. The Knights fell behind by 24-8 at the half before getting a 35-yard scoring play from Rittman to Jordan Schilling. By that time, the game was no longer in doubt. Palo Alto had extended its season with a 16-14 win over the Detroit Dolphins in the consolation semifinals on Tuesday. The Dolphins scored first on a 27-yard run and ran in the extra point for an 8-0 lead. The Knights had a 68-yard drive and scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone by Garret Gavello after Schilling's eight-yard run. The Dolphins scored on a 53-yard pass to go ahead 14-8. In the third quarter, the Knights had a 10-minute drive before scoring on a one-yard dive by Sione Lutu with a second extra point (two points) kicked by Luca Zaharias for a 16-14 lead. The Knights' defense stopped the Dolphins' threats in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory.

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