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Preview: Football to take on undefeated Wilcox

Palo Alto High School football team junior wide receiver Jackson Hall prepares to run before the start of a play. Photo: Emma van der Veen.

Palo Alto High School football team junior wide receiver Jackson Hall prepares to run before the start of a play. Photo: Emma van der Veen.

Marvin Zou

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Coming off a big 41-13 win against Milpitas, the Palo Alto High School football team (5-0, 1-0) is set to take on Wilcox (5-0, 1-0) in their second league matchup at 7 p.m. on Friday at Wilcox High School.

Against Milpitas, the Vikings dominated both sides of the ball and junior Jamir Shepard had a breakout game, catching seven balls for 220 yards and three touchdowns.

The team is looking to continue its winning streak against its toughest opponent yet in the upcoming battle between two undefeated teams.

The teams are very closely matched, with the Vikings being ranked 75th in the state and the Chargers being ranked 76th according to MaxPreps.

Senior linebacker Wes Walters says the Chargers will be one of the best teams they have played this season.

“It’s gonna be a battle,” Walters said. “It is probably our toughest test of the year.”

On offense, the Vikings will be led by senior quarterback Jackson Chryst, who has thrown for 1168 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions this season through six games.

“This is a big game for us because a win could put our program back on the map,” Chryst said. “It would prove to [the Central Coast Section] that we are contenders.”

The Vikings will need to stop the junior running back Paul Rosa if the team wants a chance at winning. Rosa has rushed for 562 yards through five games this season, averaging 12 yards per carry.

Walters says stopping Rosa and the Charger’s run-game will be essential in scoring a win.

“They run the veer, which is a tough offense to stop, but it is going to be a fun one,” Walters said.

Junior cornerback Joey Passarello is returning from a back injury for his first game of the season and is looking to make an impact on the game.

“It’s going to be a big game, but we put in a good week of practice,” Passarello said.

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