Silver Creek beats previously undefeated Branham

SAN JOSE – When Silver Creek’s Malik Jackson and Keshawn Noriega brought down Branham quarterback Nick Bandanza on the final play of Friday’s game, it capped a defensive masterpiece for the host Raiders.

Branham entered the game undefeated and averaging 41 points a game. Silver Creek used a swarming defense and ball-control offense to upset Branham 16-8 and grab a share of the Blossom Valley Athletic League Santa Teresa Division title.

“We just flew to the ball,” said Silver Creek defensive end Malik Jackson, who had two-and-a-half sacks (including a half-sack on the final play of the game). “It was just every man. In our head, we knew that we’ve got to stop this play, because we knew this could be our last game as brothers, and this right here means everything to us.”

“We know that No. 5 Cameron Rynhard is a downhill runner. We just said if we can get him moving to the sidelines, our defense is fast enough to be able to stop that,” said Aaron Noriega, the first-year head coach of Silver Creek.

Rynhard, who racked up 1,347 yards rushing entering Friday’s game, ran for a team-high 130 yards against Silver Creek. But 72 of those yards were on one play, setting up Branham’s only score of the game in the fourth quarter. Branham had 246 total yards of offense in the game.

Offensively, Silver Creek (7-3, 6-1 Santa Teresa Division) moved methodically and ate up time Friday against Branham (9-1, 6-1). The Raiders had three drives of six minutes or more, including its final possession which took 7:33 off the clock in the fourth quarter.

“They controlled the clock. They kept us off the field, made us make mistakes,” Branham coach Stephen Johnson said.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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