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September 22, 2013Mitty pounded the football in a 34-14 victory over Palo Alto on Saturday night. Although the Monarchs only threw the ball twice, with one completion for 10 yards, they totaled 408 rushing yards and wore down the Viking defense.
The game looked to be a shootout early on, as Stanford quarterback commit Keller Chryst capped Palo Alto's 80 yard opening drive with a 21 yard touchdown pass to Keesean Martin. Mitty responded on their second play from scrimmage as quarterback Brett Foley, who was filling in for an injured Trent Scharrenberg, ran for a 60 yard score.
It was then a pair of big plays from Kyle Evans that gave Mitty a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter. He returned a punt that had already taken a couple bounces for a 75 yard touchdown with an array of cuts and broken tackles. Evans followed on the next drive with a 65 yard touchdown run.
Less than a minute later, Chryst showcased his arm with a 43 yard touchdown strike to Malcolm Davis. Chryst finished the day 13-of-23 for 214 yards.
The first half come to an interesting conclusion after Mitty's kicker Tanner Haas kicked a 26 yard field goal with 12.4 seconds left in the second quarter. The Monarchs then recovered a squib kick on the ensuing kickoff and Haas nailed a 42 yarder as Mitty took a 27-14 advantage into the locker room.
After that, it was all Mitty.
The Monarchs kept the Palo Alto offense off of the field and used a touchdown drive that ate up most of the third quarter to put it away. Mitty's defense dominated the second half as it gave up only one first down and forced two three-and-outs on Palo Alto's three offensive possessions.
Evans (139 yards) and Foley (137 yards) led the triple option rushing attack as Mitty improved to 3-0. The Monarchs will begin West Catholic Athletic League play next week against Riordan at Foothill College.
Palo Alto drops to 1-1 and will play Palma at Rabobank Stadium next week.