Paly defeats Homestead at home on senior night, 45-7
October 31, 2015
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On Paly’s senior night yesterday the Vikings take a victory from the Homestead Mustangs 45-7.
The Vikings started out strong with the first kickoff return by Eli Givens (‘16) of the game leading to a touchdown. Within the first 20 seconds of the game, Paly was already leading 7-0.
“We worked hard and [we all saw] the outcome,” Paul Jackson III said. “We played great today, and we handled our business.”
Still in the first quarter, Justin Hull (‘16) spied Max Dorward (‘18) open and threw him the ball for another Viking touchdown. With the beginning of the second quarter, the Mustangs tried to rally a comeback. After Givens ran in for a touchdown, the Mustangs returned the kickoff with a touchdown to combat the Vikings’ momentum. However, it just wasn’t enough.
“everybody on that squad is getting a little better every day,” Coach Halas said. “We’re starting to believe a little more.”
Believe they did as Shaun Pike (‘16) runs in for another Viking touchdown, bringing the score 38-7 at the half. In the third quarter, Jackson III runs into the endzone for a touchdown. The senior night game ends with the Vikings on top, 45-7.
“I’ve never won on a senior night and winning on my own is great, especially to seal playoffs for us,” Pike said.
The Vikings are looking forward to taking on Wilcox Friday, November 13 at the beginning of playoffs. Paly has a two week long bye week before getting to face the Chargers at the Wilcox home field.
“The big one is coming up next week,” Halas said. “It would be a big boost to be able to compete and take care of Wilcox.”
Wilcox is currently 2-2 in league, and Paly is 3-2. Wilcox is playing Fremont at Fremont next Friday (11/6) and are expected to win. The Vikings have been working on their game plan, but their primary objective?
“Winning,” Pike said. “If we keep winning, we keep playing, and all of us don’t want to quit.”
Skylar Burris is a junior at Palo Alto High School. This is her first year on The Viking staff. Skylar spends most of her time playing basketball.