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Wilcox, Santa Clara Football Host Tough De Anza Division Contests Tonight

Chargers, Bruins Host Tough De Anza Games

By Robert Haugh

Both games will be played Friday October 21 at 7 p.m.

Wilcox (4-4, 3-1 SCVAL De Anza) hosts Milpitas (6-1, 2-1 SCVAL De Anza) in a crucial De Anza division clash, as the Chargers attempt to rebound from a shocking loss to Palo Alto (3-5, 2-2 SCVAL De Anza) last week. The Trojans are coming off  a bye.  In what is essentially an elimination game for the SCVAL De Anza division title, the Chargers must win to claim even a share at the De Anza division crown.

The Chargers, who had dominated three straight De Anza contests by a combined 191-90 were stunned by a refreshed Palo Alto squad 25-21 last week, drastically shuffling the De Anza division standings.

The Chargers’ 289 points scored is second in the CCS with their potent rushing offense leading the CCS with 2,657 yards (379.6 yards per game and 10 yards per carry) and 35 TDs. Senior Richard Herrera leads the ground-and-pound offense with 791 yards and eight TDs with junior David Hernandez adding  781 yards and five TDs.

Vastly different from the Chargers offense, the Trojans are led with a high-octane passing attack, led by junior QB Tyree Barry, who is tenth in the CCS with 1,315 yards passing and 13 TDs. Despite having only played seven games, Milpitas ranks ninth in the CCS with 239 points scored.

A stiff challenge for the Chargers will be the Trojans’ defense — second in the CCS with 30 sacks, with senior Alii Matau racking up 76 tackles. The Trojans are also second in the CCS with 12 interceptions.

Friday 7 p.m.

The Bruins (2-5, 0-3 SCVAL De Anza), who have only a slim shot at qualifying for CCS playoffs now, host Mountain View (4-3, 1-2 SCVAL De Anza). Mountain View, coming off a 41-40 win over Saratoga hopes to keep their momentum strong as they vie for a CCS playoff berth. The Bruins must win to stay in the playoff picture – even a win will require some assistance from other teams to help get them into a playoff berth.

The Bruins, coming off of a 41-7 loss to division-leading Los Gatos (4-3, 3-0 SCVAL De Anza) have one of the higher-powered passing offenses in the CCS, ranked second in the De Anza division and seventh in the CCS.

Junior QB Chris Brown has compiled 1,488 yards and 17 TDs while adding three rushing TDs. Brown has a plethora of deep threats, with five receivers with over 150 yards, led by sophomore Richard Corona with 33 receptions for 405 yards and five TDs. Senior Pako Vehikile has 28 receptions for 265 yards and two TDs. Sophomore Nick Garcia has accumulated 25 receptions for 377 yards and five TDs, while going 20-for-20 on PATs. Junior Erik Ketton leads the team in rushing with 574 yards and three TDs and also has 16 receptions for 173 yards and four TDs.

The Spartans are led by multiple-pronged rushing attack with the team recording 2,032 yards (fourth in CCS) and 19 TDs on the ground – led by senior Jai Austin who has 524 yards and five TDs rushing. Senior Elias Davidson has 468 yards and five TDs with senior Colin Dickerson adding 418 yards and three TDs.

***Wilcox information originally published at http://prep2prep.com/feature.aspx?ArticleID=16186

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