Starting senior quarterback Jordan Schilling will be on the sidelines as the Palo Alto High School football team (1-1, 0-0) prepares to take on athletic powerhouse Archbishop Mitty High School (1-1, 0-0) this Friday at Paly.
Schilling is out with a head injury suffered during last week’s 42-14 loss to San Benito High School (2-0, 0-0).
Starting his first game under center will be sophomore Jackson Chryst, younger brother of Stanford University quarterback Keller Chryst, and son of former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Geep Chryst.
Despite his inexperience at the position at the varsity level, Chryst’s teammates are confident that he can perform.
“Of course I’m confident in Jackson,” senior lineman and Viking captain Peter Snodgrass said. “He has worked his tail off and deserves to have this chance. While he has big shoes to fill in for Jordan, I know that he [Chryst] can step up.”
According to Viking junior wide receiver Jackson Hall, the team has been preparing both on and off the field throughout the week in hopes to bounce back from last week’s loss.
“We’ve been studying film at lunch for the past three days, getting an idea of what we need to do to get ready on offense and defense,” Hall said. “During practice, we’ve been running a makeshift offense and running all the plays Mitty run.”
Snodgrass expressed his excitement for his last shot to play Mitty on home turf.
“As a team, we understand we have a huge chance to put our name back on the map by beating a West Catholic Athletic League team,” Snodgrass said. “As always, we are confident in our ability, yet know we have to execute.”
According to senior linebacker and captain Christian Rider, the vikings are confident they can win.
“If we can just play our game for the whole four quarters, we have a good shot at beating Mitty,” Rider said.