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Game of the Week – Mitty Defeats Palo Alto for the Fourth Year in a Row

Posted September 21, 2014 by in – by: Justin Lum

The Mitty running game was on all cylinders against Palo Alto as Brett Foley, Derek Bauerle and Luke Allen combined for five touchdown runs. Allen earned the MVP, rushing for 145 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries. This productive rushing offense controlled the clock and helped the Monarchs score a season-high 55 points.


Mitty defensive coordinator Keith Burns is a former college head coach (Tulsa) and former NFL assistant coach (Oakland Raiders). His resume is legit and he has the Monarchs defense looking even more legit after the recent bye week. Mitty pressured Palo Alto QB Oliver Svirsky, forcing two interceptions and sacking him at least three times. To win in the WCAL, your defense has to be a physical, disciplined and tight-knit group. Burns’ interaction with his players is a sign that this unit can improve week to week.


Vikings senior running back Jayshawn Puckett is Palo Alto’s main offensive weapon. He started slow versus Mitty but finished with 55 rush yards and two touchdowns. Paly also has an athletic quarterback in Svirsky so it would be interesting to see if the read-option is used more this season.

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Justin Lum is a home grown reporter from the Bay Area who is a sports fanatic. He played quarterback for City College of San Francisco in 2010 when they won the NorCal championship. He always knew he wanted to work in television and transferred to San Francisco State University for their renowned broadcasting program.Justin is definitely a versatile journalist with his background in news due to interning at NBC Bay Area. While juggling school and work, he would come into the station at 3 in the morning twice a week to shadow reporters who became his mentors. Justin is also very involved with his community in the East Bay. He works with the San Leandro Boys & Girls Club, mentoring the youth while coaching sports and fitness. When he does have time off, he enjoys working out, playing football, and spending time with family and friends. Sports is his true passion and Justin is excited about bringing his talent to GetSportsFocus.


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