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Palo Alto advances to the second round of CCS Playoffs after routing the Seaside Spartans 55-21.

Photo by Tyler Wong

Following a 34-28 win against Kings Academy, the Vikings are advancing to the CCS Playoffs where they defeated the Seaside Spartans in the first round of CCS Division VI playoffs, blowing the Spartans out 55-21. Coach DeGeronimo said he felt Paly’s offense was unstoppable in the first half, storming out to a 27-7 lead.


“To execute like we did on offense, we could pretty much run whatever we wanted to, and we executed really, really well,” DeGeronimo said. “There were only a couple of things in the first half – a dropped pass, a fumble, and a missed extra point – but other than that, the offense was perfect in the first half.” 


Senior and running back Jeremiah Madrigal had a career-high game in which he rushed for 173 yards and scored four touchdowns. Madrigal said his success on the ground can be attributed to his teammates who did a fantastic job blocking.


“I had amazing blocks from my receivers and the offensive line, and when I saw open grass, I just found the holes and bulled through,” Madrigal said. “It feels amazing, but I have to appreciate the whole team for getting down the field and putting me in a position to score. It was an excellent feeling scoring four touchdowns after not scoring for a couple of games.”


In addition to successfully running the offense, DeGeronimo said integrating players from junior varsity was smooth.


“We have a stellar JV team,” Degeronimo said. “They won league, and to bring guys up that I knew could play, I had no problem putting the young guys in to gain more experience. They are getting used to the difference in the speed. We have some great players on JV, and the future is bright.”


The top-seeded Vikings have their next game at home on Friday, Nov. 17th, facing off against the Leigh Longhorns, who defeated North Salinas 21-20.

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