Homecoming romp gives Paly second place in the divisionScientists who analyze the sport of football would have loved to have studied Palo Alto fullback Sione Mataele in Friday night's homecoming game with visiting Los Altos.
The scientific question would have had something to do with what happens when a 260-pound back carries a football with a full head of steam? The answer? Defenders must either tackle low around the ankle area or get the living daylights out of the way.
Mataele caught three short swing passes, then bulled his way for a total of 84 yards receiving in the first half as the Vikings bullied their way to a 49-16 victory. Mataele added a 5-yard TD run, ramming through a tackler at the line of scrimmage with less than four minutes left in the first half. Playing defensive tackle, No. 99 Mataele recovered a fumble on the Eagles' first play from scrimmage in the second half as the snap to Eagles quarterback Danny Young went awry. That set up a 1-yard plunge by James McCollough as Paly coach Earl Hansen called off the dogs the rest of the way.