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Gunn, Palo Alto defenses give up big points in nonleague losses


The Gunn and Palo Alto football teams combined to give up 83 points on Friday night, which resulted in nonleague losses for both teams. The Titans fell to Mills, 34-7, and the Vikings were thumped by San Benito, 49-34.

Gunn couldn't get a victory in its home opener and fell to 0-2 while Mills moved to 1-1. The Titans have been outscored, 74-7, in their first two games.

"It's been injuries and low numbers," said Gunn head coach Shinichi Hirano. "It's cause and effect. Our special teams were better last week, special teams went down this week. We're picking up one place and struggling in the other. We get a couple injuries and all of the sudden we're moving people around. When you have 23-24 guys healthy it's tough."

In the first quarter, Mills running back Andrew Killigrew plunged his way through for a one-yard touchdown and the Vikings converted on the two-point play to make it 8-0. Killigrew had a solid game and finished with two touchdowns.

The Vikings struck for their third touchdown of the quarter when David Tongilava pushed his way in for a five-yard touchdown and made it 21-0 Mills. Tongilava led all rushers with 90 total yards on the ground.

The Gunn offense could not get anything going in a positive direction. The special teams took two bad snaps on punts and fumbled both, giving Mills good field position to score. The Titans had only 58 total yards in the first half.

In the second quarter, Mills' Jerry Ibanez found tight end Ryan Beglitsoff wide open in the end zone and the Vikings took a 27-0 lead into halftime.

The Vikings opened up the lead even more in the third quarter. Killigrew juked defenders and ran down the sideline and scored a 32-yard touchdown, making it 34-0 going into the fourth.

Gunn either punted or fumbled the ball in 10 out of 11 total possessions.

The Titans scored their first touchdown of the season on a run down the sideline from quarterback Ed Wu to make it a 34-7 game.

"I think part of it is our practice habits need to change," said Hirano. "The little things that we do in practice weren't showing up in games. We're not really focused on Branham (this coming week), we're focused on ourselves, we've got to fix ourselves.We need to do things ourselves to get better, and if we can do that I think we'll be OK."

Just a few miles away, Palo Alto scored enough points to normally win. This, however, was not a normal game for the Vikings (1-1) as the Haybalers (2-0) rolled in a wild game that featured a combined 34 points in just the fourth quarter.

Paly senior quarterback Justin Hull and senior wideout Eli Givens came up with career-best efforts, but both went for naught. Hull threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns while Givens caught seven passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns.

Paly grabbed an early 7-0 lead, battled back to tie at 14 on a five-yard run by senior Shaun Pike with 20 seconds left before haltime. Paly was with a touchdown twice in the second half, 28-21 at the end of the third period and 35-27 with 9:13 left in the game.

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