The Milpitas High football team used an old school formula to rumble towards an opening night victory on the road.
Run the football, and play stout defensively.
Milpitas defeated Jefferson High-Daly City 19-3 on Friday at Jefferson High in Daly City, displaying a few first half highlights along the way before things turned ugly late in the fourth quarter.
With just over seven minutes left in the ball game, a Jefferson sweep play was swarmed by the Trojans defense along the sideline. The Indians ball carrier took exception to the hit and started a scrum that escalated in a hurry.
Fans poured onto the field from the stands, causing a fight that led to the suspension of the non-league affair with 7:23 left.
Milpitas was declared the winner, but the abrupt ending left all parties with a bad taste in their mouths.
“We were declared the winner and that’s all I’d like to say about it,” Milpitas head coach Kelly King said in a phone interview after the game. “I don’t have any comment about anything else that happened tonight at this time.”
The Trojans got on the board quickly in the first quarter off a blocked punt. The blocked punt rolled into the end zone, giving the visitors a 2-0 lead off the safety.
Senior starting quarterback Tony Sauceda added to the advantage with a short field goal make later on in the quarter.
Milpitas led 5-0 after one.
“I was really hyped to be out there playing again,” Sauceda said. “We did some good things tonight, but we need to finish better. There was some drives that didn’t end with points that should have.”
Sophomore running back Squally Canada zig-zagged his way into the end zone for a short touchdown run in the second quarter to extend the lead to double digits.
After a Jefferson field goal, the Trojans drove down the field late in the half and tacked on a final touchdown for good measure.
Sauceda connected with senior wide out Brandon Colbert on a seam patten for a 30-yard touchdown.
“It was a streak route,” Sauceda said about the touchdown pass. “Brandon made a big play. It was great to finish the half like that.”
Milpitas took a 19-3 lead into the halftime intermission. The visitors won the game by the same score.
The Trojans home opener is next Friday against Alvarez High-Salinas. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Milpitas High.
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