Game Preview: Palo Alto vs Palma

Palo Alto High Vikings (Palo Alto, CA), De Anza League #1 Vs. Palma High Chieftains (Salinas, CA), Tri-County League #1 at San Jose City College, This is CIF Central Coast Section #3 Seed vs. the CIF Central Coast Section #2 Seed...

Palo Alto High Vikings (Palo Alto, CA),  De Anza League #1 Vs. Palma High Chieftains (Salinas, CA), Tri-County League #1 at San Jose City College,

This is CIF Central Coast Section #3 Seed vs. the CIF Central Coast Section #2 Seed

 

Kickoff: November 24, 2006 7:00 PM

 

Head Coaches:

Palo Alto: Earl Hansen

Palma: Jeff Carnazzo

 

Palo Alto is currently 10-1 having played Carlmont (Belmont, CA) W 49-8, Burlingame (CA) W 21-13, Oak Grove (San Jose, CA) L 14-35, Los Gatos (CA) W 35-7, Wilcox (Santa Clara, CA) W 42-14, Mountain View (CA) W 30-14, Santa Clara (CA) W 34-7, 

Gunn (Palo Alto, CA) W 55-12, Milpitas (CA) W 40-7, Homestead (Cupertino, CA) W 51-8 and a 1st round playoff game with Aragon (San Mateo, CA) W 23-21. 

 

Palo Alto's Defense allows a very good 13.2 points per game with 23 Sacks, 20 Int's & 14 Fumble Recoveries.  Their Offense scores 35.8 point per game with 404 runs for 2015 yards (4.99 avg.) 32 TD's & 99 pass completions in 173 attempts (57.2%) for 1626 yards 7 Int's 14 TD's

 

Palma is currently 10-1 having played St. Ignatius (San Francisco, CA) W 41-21, Santa Cruz (CA) W 48-14, De La Salle (Concord, CA) L 3-28, North Salinas (Salinas, CA) W 45-7, Salinas (CA) W 49-7, Alisal (Salinas, CA) W 41-24, San Benito (Hollister, CA) W 28-21, Gilroy (CA) W 14-0, Turlock (CA) W 56-0, Alvarez (Salinas, CA) W 49-3 and a 1st round playoff game with Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, CA)  W 34-6. 

 

Palma's Defense allows an excellent 11.9 points per game with 16 Sacks & 7 Int's.  Their Offense scores 37 points per game with 164 runs for 1228 yards (7.49 avg.) 25 TD's & 115 pass completions in 170 attempts (an excellent 67.6%) for 1871 (a superb 11 yards per throw) yards 5 Int's 14 TD's

 

Playmakers to Watch:

Palo Alto

 

  • 6'2" 185 Senior Nick Goodspeed has 95 pass completions in 167 attempts (56.9%) for 1582 yards 7 Int's 13 TD's
  • 6'0" 175 Senior Will Frazier is the #1 Rusher with 150 carries for 877 yards (5.85 avg.) 14 TD's
  • 6'0" 260 FB Sione Mataele is the #2 Rusher with 92 carries for 457 yards (4.97 avg.) 9 TD's
  • 5'8" 150 Senior RB Evan Warner is the #3 Rusher with 73 carries for 340 yards (4.66 avg.)  4 TD's & has a 32 yard average on Kick Returns
  • 5'9" 160 Senior Maurice Williams is the #1 Receiver with 25 catches for 487 yards (19.48 avg.) 4 TD's.  Defensively he has 3 Int's
  • 6'1" 180 Senior 2 way playmaker WR/FS Trenton Hart is the #2 Receiver with 18 catches for 355 yards (19.72 avg.) 2 TD's.  Defensively Trenton has 3 Int's
  • 6'3" 225 Senior 2 way playmaker TE/DE Buddy Benaderet is the #3 Receiver with 14 catches for 267 yards (19.07 avg.) 1 TD.  Defensively Buddy has 3 Fumble Recoveries
  • 5'9" 165 Junior Kicker Tyger Pederson is 5 of 6 in Field Goals with a long of 41

 

Defensive Playmakers

 

  • 5'11" 185 Junior LB James McCollough is the #1 Tackler with 7.4 tackles per game & has 4 Fumble Recoveries
  • 5'10" 185 185 Junior LB Donnie Salas is the #2 Tackler with 5 tackles per game
  • 6'2" 195 Junior DE John Hallis #1 in Sacks with 6
  • 5'9" 186 Senior DB Dennis Pruzan leads in Int's with 4
  • 6'0" 170 Senior SS Kevin Dexter has 3 Int's

 

The Line has 5 kids that average 275 and along with Mataele at DT is led by

 

  • 6'4" 290 Senior Uly Morales
  • 6'4" 285 Senior Fred Koloto
  • '6'4" 275 Senior Will Elmore
  • 5'9" 265 Senior Eric Sung

 

Palma:

 

  • 6'4" 215 Senior QB Brian Reader has 125 pass completions in 191 attempts for 2180 yards 5 Int's 17 TD's
  • 6'0" 175 Senior RB/DB Andrew Reyes is the #1 Receiver with 32 catches for 651 yards 4 TD's and is the #1 Rusher with 64 carries for 459 yards (7.17 avg.) 6 TD's.  Defensively Andrew has 2 Int's
  • 5'10" 165 Senior RB/DB Brett Taylor is the #2 Receiver with 30 catches for 585 yards 8 TD's.  Defensively Bret has 2 Int's
  • 6'0" 155 Senior SE Kyle Harrigan is the #3 Receiver with 25 catches for 316 yards 4 TD's
  • 5'11" 190 Junior RB Chad Davis is the #2 Rusher with 83 carries for 343 yards 8 TD's
  • 5'11" 165 Junior RB Nate Ramirez has 27 carries for 214 yards 6 TD's 

Defensive Playmakers

 

  • 6'3" 210 Senior DL Matt Simms is the #1 Tackler with 72 total tackles
  • 6'1" 210 Senior LB Blake Pacheco is the #2 Tackler with 65 total tackles
  • 5'11" 185 Senior LB Jeff Davis is #1 in Sacks with 10 & #3 in tackles with 57 

The Line is moderate in size and is led by

 

  • 5'8" 290 Senior Greg Turetto

 

My Final Thoughts: 

Make not mistake these are two powers that only one other team each could solve.  Palo Alto is a run team that has the powerful line to support that run game and those exceptional running backs, while controlling the clock.  Palma is an excellent defensive team that can score very quickly.  Palma can make Palo Alto one dimensional by scoring quickly and often with that excellent passing game.  If that happens Palo Alto will be forced to pass which is their secondary skill.  This will be a strategic game that those of you that like the chess match will thoroughly enjoy.  I only wish I could see this game live.

 


 

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