“Noah Riley, our senior quarterback, played a fairly good game today, despite the miscues and error and the loss, by a final score of 42 to 6, to Branham of San Jose. He is our leader. He does a lot of things right out there, that don’t appear in the stats. He comes from a good football family, and carries on that tradition. Specifically, tonight he did a better job of holding the ball late, meaning despite the rush of the defense, he has the patience to find his receiver, or wait for the receiver to clear the defender, like on that touchdown.
For that, he is my offensive player of the game.
“On defense, I would highlight our two outside linebackers, who did very well, despite the fact we are still looking for a win, in three games, and the lopsided score. Dietrich Sweat, number 42 and Sharod Miller, number 80. Sweat, of course, who on offense, scored that late touchdown to prevent the shutout. On that play, although I digress, he was not the primary receiver, but Riley spotted him and he made a great catch and run, for a 60 yard td, from tight end. We had tried that play earlier in the game. On defense and offense, their line dominated us. But the linebackers did their jobs, by and large. Sweat, as you noted, also had an outstanding game on defense last week against Carlmont (who beat Gunn 25-19, spoiling but just barely Gunn’s 50–year, 50-class reunion weekend).
Shinichi Hirano, Gunn head football coach, as told to Mark Weiss, on Friday, September 19, 2014, at Branham Bruins Den in San Jose.
On the way home from Gunn’s loss to Branham, I noted that the Paly -Mitty game was still being contested. I was frankly shocked at how lively the atmosphere was even when trailing by 40 points. I thought about updating my article about Gunn’s parity with Paly by suggesting that Gunn losing to Branham by 36 points is five points better than Paly being spanked by Mitty by 41. I shot some candids as the crowd was dissipating:
3. Terry surprised me with a new Adidas sweat top, in a blue; as this happened to be Branham’s color, I did a little reconnaissance on the home side grandstand and actually bumped fists with about a half dozen frosh-soph players as they marched by following their 10-0 defeat of Gunn’s counterpart. I also met a lady whose daughter was a cheerleader and husband works with Dr. William DeMent at the Stanford Sleep Lab; I bought two of her Brownies, for $1 each but did not get my hands on the playbook, or recipe. Earlier a Branham math teacher — Steve from Seattle — said to look for 12 Morin, 18 Jonah Cook and 51 Ellis and sure enough, they were the cause of more than a few Titan headaches, in Branham’s 42-6 bear hug. Prospect is next, hopefully a better prospect for a Gunn “W”.
Somewhere I lamented that the Palo Alto Weekly yesterday had 76 pages and exactly 7 words about Gunn football; the online version had about half of my report on Gunn-Carlmont, or about 100 words. I am peeved that meanwhile the print edition had two Sacred Heart boys as athletes of the week including a photo of their QB. How many Sacred Heart families live in Palo Alto? I would guess their are 10 times as many Gunn families, who would read coverage, win or lose. There is a story brewing, even in an 0-3 season. Maybe Plastic Alto will publish chap books or broadsides, especially on the first victory. I will also report on the meta-issue of the Gunn Oracle. I shot Denise Herrman with the Oracle at the 50-50. I also shot Congress member Zoe Lofgren, an alumna, with former all SCVAL kicker Greg Zlotnick, 1982. (Greg worked for Becky Morgan when she was in office and knows Zoe from that.)