Milpitas football stays unbeaten at expense of the Vikings

Junacio Henley's 55-yard kickoff return was on of Palo Alto's highlights. Photo by Karen Ambrose Hickey.

It was fitting, we suppose, that the Palo Alto High band played a tribute to The Flintstones and The Jetsons at halftime on Friday night. The opponent was Milpitas -- now let's guess which team represented which cartoon.

Poor Paly ... once again it was stuck in its foot-pedaled car, way back in the Stone Age. Milpitas flew to a 49-0 win -- no surprise to anyone who keeps tabs on the SCVAL standings (the Trojans are 4-0, outscoring their opponents 203-31).

Spirits remained high/Karen Ambrose Hickey.
But it was the speed in which Palo Alto was dispatched that took one's breath away. Milpitas returned a fumble for a touchdown at 9:49 of the first quarter, then scored consecutive TDs on its next three plays from scrimmage to go up 28-0 with 2:14 remaining in the first quarter.

And the Trojans (8-0 overall) scored early in the second quarter on a five-play drive to make it 35-0. That triggered a running clock for the second half.

Palo Alto had no answer for its opponent's offensive line, led by the 6-foot-8, 320-pound Justin Scrempos ("Brute squad? You ARE the brute squad."). Brothers Tyree Bracy (quarterback) and Tariq Bracy (running back) accounted for five touchdowns -- Tariq ran for two and Tyree threw for two and ran for one.

"It's what we've said as a coaching staff all along -- if we're going to have a chance for the playoffs we have to stop the big plays," Palo Alto coach Danny Sullivan said. "Their first two plays were a fumble recovery for a touchdown, and an interception that led to a score. You can't give up plays like that to a good team."

There weren't many highlights for the Vikings (1-2, 1-5), but a 55-yard kickoff return by sophomore Junacio Henley late in the first quarter was genuinely electrifying.

Palo Alto had only 39 yards offense in the first half, and suffered three interceptions for the game. Its longest play from scrimmage was Aiden Chang's 11-yard run in the third quarter. That came during an 11-play drive that was stopped on downs at the Milpitas 42.

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