On its best days, Milpitas is right up there with the section's top teams -- explosive on offense, tough on defense.

Saturday night, the Trojans will try to be at their best one last time when they face San Benito for the Central Coast Section Division I championship at Independence High.

In its nine victories, Milpitas has averaged 40.3 points while winning by an average margin of 29.2 points.

With a couple of breaks, the Trojans would have won the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division title and landed in the Open Division bracket. Milpitas beat Palo Alto and Los Gatos on the road but lost heartbreakers at home to Wilcox and Saratoga. The loss to Saratoga handed Palo Alto the title.

But the Trojans have charged forward in the all-public-school Division I bracket, beating Silver Creek 56-7 in the opening round and Sequoia 34-19 last week.

Vita Vea, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound two-way standout for Milpitas, has rushed for 11 touchdowns this season, including on runs of 40 and 25 yards against Sequoia.

San Benito has won five of its past six games after opening the season 2-4. The Haybalers lost at home to Palo Alto in September.



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