Palo Alto football opens the SCVAL with a 50-point victory over Santa Clara | New
Palo Alto quarterback Danny Peters had quite a game. He threw for 321 yards and five touchdowns and completed the last 11 passes he attempted Thursday in a 63-13 win over Santa Clara.
He also ran for a touchdown, and that’s what he wanted to talk about.
“Quirky, that was awesome,” he said. “I’m not generally known as a runner. “
His 24-yard run for a touchdown shattered what had been a close game and gave Palo Alto (3-2, 1-0) a 28-13 lead with 3:14 remaining in the second quarter.
And the Vikings apparently didn’t just walk into the locker room at halftime with just 15 points ahead. First Charlie Hoke, then Blake Chase selected passes along the sideline and took them to the proverbial house to cap a 35-point second quarter and make the score 42-13 at the halfway point. -time, turning the match into a full-fledged blowout.
“This is what our defense needed to continue to grow and establish its own identity,” said Palo Alto coach Nelson Gifford. “They have always taken the ball this season.”
Paly also offered three sacks, one each by Rowan Felsch, Hoke and Lincoln Tutor and with the sack distance taken into account, Santa Clara was kept within 14 yards rushing.
For Palo Alto it was a victory in their first game in the SCVAL De Anza division and a third consecutive victory since the opening of the season with two losses against opponents WCAL St. Ignatius and Serra. It was the first loss for Santa Clara, who was 3-0-1 out of the league.
“It’s awesome,” said Peters. To start in the league, get our first victory and get rid of our nervousness. ”
“We played as a team today,” said Brody Simison.
Simison received two touchdown passes in the first half and finished with six catches for 176 yards. His first reception was on a screen pass he took 63 yards for a touchdown to break a 7-7 tie and give Paly a lead he wouldn’t give up.
The other three touchdown passes Peters threw were a 25-yard pass to Chase, a 12-yard connection with Lucas Black and a 6-yard shovel pass to Brandon Escarsega-Calderon.
Chase had five catches for 73 yards and Black four for 53.
Paly also ran for 150 yards with Hoke picking up 66 yards on 11 carries.
A racing clock was in effect from the third quarter.
“It was good to give everyone a chance to play,” said Gifford. “The challenge with football is that there are only a limited number of shots. It was an opportunity for the guys who worked hard to be rewarded for their efforts, to come and live their dream. ‘ ‘