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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

Palo Alto 15, Corona Centennial 13

Michael Eubank scampered 33 yards on a quarterback draw and Corona Centennial has pulled to within two points of Palo Alto, 15-13, with 4:14 remaining in the Division I state bowl game at Home Depot Center.

Centennial went for two points to tie the game. Eubank kept the ball on an option and was tackled at the one-yard line.

-- Steve Galluzzo

Palo Alto fails to convert on fourth down

Palo Alto went for it on fourth-and-nine at the Centennial 28-yard line but quarterback Christoph Bono threw incomplete and Centennial will take possession with just over seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.

-- Steve Galluzzo

Palo Alto leading 15-7 after three quarters

Palo Alto is one quarter away from pulling off a huge upset in the Division I state bowl game.

The Vikings lead Corona Centennial, 15-7, with 12 minutes to go and they have a first down at their own 34-yard line.

-- Steve Galluzzo

Centennial stopped on fourth-and-goal

Quarterback Michael Eubank was tripped up in the backfield on fourth-and-goal at the four-yard line and Corona Centennial failed to capitalize on great field position.

The Huskies started the drive at their own 46-yard line. Palo Alto will have the ball inside its five-yard line leading 15-7 with just over three minutes left in the first quarter. 

-- Steve Galluzzo

Palo Alto 15, Corona Centennial 7

Corona Centennial drove 89 yards in three plays, scoring on Romello Goodman's four-yard run up the middle and the Huskies are back in it, trailing Palo Alto 15-7 with 8:15 left in the third quarter.

Quarterback Michael Eubank set up the score with a 75-yard run.

-- Steve Galluzzo

Centennial forced to punt on first drive of half

It was more of the same for Centennial on its first drive of the second half. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and an offsides infraction were two much too overcome and the Huskies had to punt.

Palo Alto will take over at its own 35-yard line with 10:36 left in the third quarter.

-- Steve Galluzzo

Numbers tell the story of first half

The first half statistics aren't pretty if you're a Corona Centennial fan.

The Huskies have fumbled four times, committed seven penalties for 82 yards and have been outgained by Palo Alto, 222 yards to 203. Centennial managed just nine first downs and controlled the ball for less than nine minutes in the first two quarters.

Despite all that, Centennial is trailing only 15-0 and will get the ball to start the second half. 

-- Steve Galluzzo

Corona Centennial trails 15-0 at halftime

It's fitting that Centennial fumbled on the last play of the first half. The Huskies recovered, but it was indicative of the way the first two quarters have gone for the Southern Section Inland Division champions. 

Given Centennial's costly penalties, mental errors and turnovers, the Huskies are fortunate they only trail Palo Alto 15-0. It could've been worse.

With their explosive offense the Huskies are far from out of it but they will need to play much better and limit their mistakes in the second half.

-- Steve Galluzzo

Palo Alto 15, Corona Centennial 0

Maurice Williams caught an 80-yard touchdown pass from Christoph Bono but the two-point conversion failed and Palo Alto has opened a 15-0 lead over Corona Centennial with 1:21 left in the first half.

-- Steve Galluzzo

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