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Palo Alto airs it out in SCVAL football win over Falcons

 
Jackson III makes this difficult catch look easy. Photo by Karen Ambrose Hickey.

The Palo Alto football team got the band back together and went on a mission Friday night, turning Homecoming into a celebration.

Jackson Chryst threw for three touchdowns and Paul Jackson III scored three touchdowns as the Vikings scored four times in the second half to pull away from Saratoga in a 42-21 SCVAL De Anza Division victory.

The Vikings (2-6, 2-2) host Los Altos on Senior Night next Friday at 7 p.m. with a chance to make the postseason party.

The way the season began for Paly, competing for a playoff spot was more of a pipe dream. It seems a bit more real these days.

With Chryst and Jackson III as healthy as they've been all year, the Vikings clicked offensively.

Juancio Henley was a major contributor for the Vikings in the first half. He caught a 42-yard pass from Chryst to open the scoring and then picked up 21 yards on a key run that led to Palo Alto's go-ahead touchdown, a Jackson III five-yard run.

Jackson III's 77-yard run in the second half gave Palo Alto a three-touchdown advantage over the Falcons.

Chryst also threw touchdowns of 60 yards to Paul Thie, and one-yard to Seattle Hmelar.

Kyle Mostofizadeh threw a touchdown pass of 28 yards to Jackson III.

Junior kicker Tyler Foug made all six PAT's, which was also a big difference in the contest.

The Vikings rushed for 275 yards, with Aiden Chang gaining 126 yards and Jackson III going for 111 yards.

Chryst was 7-of-13 for 167 yards and Mostofizadeh was 2-of-3 for 30 yards. The two quarterbacks combined to complete over 56 percent of their passes.

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