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Sports - October 11, 2013

Palo Alto's Chryst named to football all-star team for All-America game

by Ari Kaye

Palo Alto senior quarterback Keller Chryst knows where he'll be on January 2 — playing in the 2014 Under Amour All-America High School Football Game.

Chryst has been selected to join the nation's best seniors for the seventh annual contest, slated for a 1 p.m. (PT) start at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game will be televised on ESPN.

The American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game visited Palo Alto High on Thursday afternoon to formally present Chryst with an honorary game jersey commemorating his selection to the all-star game.

A three-month Selection Tour, sponsored by American Family Insurance, will visit the 90 Under Armour All-Americans to present official jerseys in front of their family and friends.

Chryst is regarded as one of the top prep quarterbacks in the nation and has been ranked as the No. 1 pocket passer. In his most recent outing, he completed 10 of 11 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-14 victory over host Fremont to open the SCVAL De Anza Division season.

Chryst will be back on the field Friday night when the Vikings (1-0, 2-2) play host to Wilcox (0-1, 3-1) at 7:30 p.m.

In other games Friday:

Menlo-Atherton (0-0, 3-1) will open its PAL Bay Division season at South San Francisco (0-0, 2-2) at 7 p.m. Earlier, Priory (4-0) will play host to Stuart Hall in eight-man action at 3 p.m.

Gunn (1-4), Menlo School (4-1) and Sacred Heart Prep (5-0) all have byes this week.

In games last week:

SHP 42, Woodside 2

Andrew Segre was the star performer last Friday night for Sacred Heart Prep (5-0), as the senior running back ran for two touchdowns and caught two touchdown passes, in the Gators' nonleague rout over Woodside (0-4).

However, the Gators' focus was not completely on their impressive road victory after the game ended. That was because Sacred Heart was also thinking about its starting offensive tackle, junior Michael Murphy, who sustained a major leg injury midway through the second quarter.

"I think he has a broken leg" Sacred Heart head coach Pete Lavorato surmised about Murphy after the game. "His foot just got caught under (a defender) where he couldn't move. He was in a lot of pain."

Sacred Heart jumped out to an early 13-0 advantage through the first quarter and a half, and was driving down the field at the time of Murphy's injury.

Segre totaled 156 yards rushing and 114 yards receiving on the night. He scored three of his four touchdowns in the second half, including an impressive 57-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass.

Palo Alto 41, Fremont 14

After starting the season 1-2 after a tough preseason schedule, Palo Alto opened defense of it SCVAL De Anza Division championship with a romp over host Fremont on Friday night in Sunnyvale.

The Vikings blew the game open early as Keesean Johnson caught touchdown passes of 76, 15 and 27 yards — he finished with five receptions for 159 yards — and Connor Scheel returned an interception 47 yards for another score.

Chryst completed his first five passes for 170 yards and the three TDs to Johnson. Chryst had four TD passes by halftime as the Vikings built a 34-0 lead. He also threw a 47-yard TD pass to Eli Givens.

Pinewood 78, NV Baptist 22

Aiden Lucero had six touchdowns — three on offense, two on defense and one kick return to pace the Panthers to their easy victory in eight-man action Friday in Los Altos Hills. Kyle Murphy also had two interceptions returned for touchdowns.

Cupertino 28, Gunn 21 (OT)

Gunn senior Sean Lydster scored two touchdowns, the last one tying the game and sending it to overtime, but his effort still wasn't enough as the Titans (0-1, 1-4) dropped a decision to host Cupertino (1-0, 5-0) to open the SCVAL El Camino Division season on Friday night. The Pioneers held a 21-7 fourth-quarter lead before Gunn rallied behind Forrest Larson's 15-yard TD run and Lydster's 10-yard scoring effort.

Priory 40, Alma Heights 6

The Panthers remained perfect on the season with an easy romp over visiting Alma Heights (Pacifica) in eight-man Mission Trail Athletic League action. Priory (2-0, 4-0) compiled 395 offensive yards while holding the visitors to 222. Will Latta led Priory with 170 yards on 15 rushes. He scored twice with a long TD run of 45 yards. He also completed 8-of-13 passes for 97 yards. Charlie Tidmarsh had 24 carries for 142 yards and tallied three times.

Menlo 47, McClymonds 40

The Knights let a 40-24 fourth-quarter lead get away before rallying with a 91-yard drive to pull out a big nonleague victory in Oakland on Friday night.

After McClymonds chipped away at Menlo's lead to tie the game at 40 with 3:10 left to play, the Knights drove nearly the length of the field with quarterback Jack Heneghan finding Peter Bouret for the winning 44-yard TD with just 13 seconds remaining.

Heneghan finished with five touchdowns — four passing to Stratford, Marren and Bouret -- another second-quarter run. Heneghan finished with 343 passing yards. The Knights are averaging 330.2 passing yards per game and 50 points per contest.


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