The Palo Alto football team had a nice time on the bus ride home Friday night. The Vikings were celebrating their first win of the season, 28-14 over Homestead in the SCVAL De Anza Division opener for both teams.
And they weren’t done. Once they got back on campus they hooked up a phone to the new public address system in the gym and started dancing.
Ervin Brown-Alexander/Karen Ambrose Hickey
The win and subsequent happy times came about as the result of a dominating performance on the line of scrimmage. Starting running backs Paul Jackson III and Sione Latu were both out with injuries, but junior Aiden Chang had a breakout game, carrying 32 times for 239 yards and three touchdowns.
“Aiden was real good last year on the frosh-soph team,’’ Palo Alto coach Danny Sullivan said. “We were going to give him some carries, somehow. Once (Jackson and Latu) went down there wasn’t that big of a drop off. We weren’t planning on giving him 32 carries, but he kept telling me he was all right.’’
Palo Alto had 304 yards rushing in all and 371 yards of total offense. Paul Thie chipped in with 54 yards on four carries and Wes Walters with 33 yards on five carries.
All that production on the ground came about as the result of great games by offensive linemen Joe Reynolds, Meesi Mahe, Alex Daw, Kevin Giffen, Andres Jimenez and Ervin Brown-Alexander.
Kyle Mostofizadeh, making his first start at quarterback, completed 6 of 10 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown, to Jamir Shepard that gave Paly a 21-7 lead 17 seconds before halftime.
The team has a bye this week before jumping into the heart of the SCVAL De Anza Division schedule with games the next three weeks against Los Gatos, Wilcox and Milpitas.
“A gauntlet,’’ Sullivan said in reference to the upcoming schedule. “We hope to get a couple of guys back and work on a couple of things necessary to benefit ourselves moving forward.’’