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Palo Alto pulls off 15-13 upset of Corona Centennial

A 42-yard field-goal attempt by Ezequiel Rivera with 30 seconds left was no good, and Palo Alto pulled off a 15-13 upset of Corona Centennial in the CIF state championship Division I bowl final.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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Paly Alumni

If Centennial knew how tough the CCS is, this would not be such an upset.


ES, I think Centennial had the biggest sigh of relief when they didn't get picked to play DLS not the other way around like you had said. The winner of the DLS and Servite game is the best team in CA hands down. Rain is not an excuse...

John Holcomb

I am a Northern California Resident who grew up in the San Fernando Valley. I was happy to see Palo Alto win. However, it's ridiculous to play a state championship Game on the grass surface both teams had to deal with tonight. The field looked newly sodded with a pretty but weak strain (Rye?) There were chunks of grass all over the fiels by the end of the game. The drainage was terrible!

I'm willing to bet 90% of the games both teams played on this year were artificial turf. The conditions were a definite plus for Palo Alto, but they struggled as well. The teams go all year playing on artificial turf and get to the State Championship and have to play in really inferior conditions.

I can only imagine what the Home Depot field will be in for the Open championship Saturday night after four games will have been played back to back. HOME DEPOT: GET AN ARTIFICIAL SURFACE!!!

Eric Nee

No one thought Palo Alto had a chance. Turns out Centennial hasn't had to deal with a defense like Paly's. Now, Paly has two state championships this year, girl's volleyball Div I and boy's football Div I.


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