PALO ALTO -- Wilcox outlasted host Palo Alto 42-39 on Friday night in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division showdown.
No. 10 Wilcox (4-1, 1-1 De Anza) only completed one pass, a two-point try that gave the Chargers a three-point lead late, but ran the ball early and often en route to a key league win.
Wilcox senior tailback Delshawn Mitchell scored on the second play of the game, ripping off an 80-yard touchdown to set the tone for the night.
He would later score from 81 yards and 16 yards, the last score turning out to be the winner
Stanford-bound quarterback Keller Chryst had another big game for 11th-ranked Palo Alto, accounting for five touchdowns. His last score came on a 2-yard keeper to put the Vikings (2-3, 1-1 De Anza Division) ahead 39-34 with 7:26 left in the fourth.
Unfortunately for the Palo Alto, he didn't touch the ball again until there were only 23 seconds left.
Wilcox quarterback Kenny Dipko ran out the clock by moving his team steadily down the field in the final minutes. The drive ended with a bullish Mitchell run up the middle that finished with a group of players on both sides collapsing into the end zone.
"Once we started going, we just kept rolling," Dipko said about the Chargers' running game. "They (Palo Alto) are a good football team. Its just really fun to play like we did tonight and to get a win against them here."
Despite a two-score deficit early, Palo Alto rallied to within one point by the end of the first half. Chryst was on point in the first half, completing 17 of 23 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran in a third score to keep the Vikings within one point.
"We had the momentum going into the third quarter," Chryst said. "In a game like this, you can't make any mistakes. We had a three-and-out to start the half and had some other mistakes that hurt us. We need to be able to finish to win games like this."
The Vikings could have had a few more points in the first half if not for a strange ending to the second quarter.
After a completed pass on the far sideline, senior Keesean Johnson looked to have been pushed out of bounds to stop the clock with just over 25 seconds left in the quarter.
Instead, the clock kept rolling along, leaving Palo Alto scrambling inside the Chargers' 30-yard line to get off another play.
"I'm not sure what happened with that," Palo Alto coach Earl Hansen said. "The clock ran out on us and our guy ran out of bounds. We were moving the ball then to go get some more points."
Chryst only completed three passes in the second half, the first went for 79 yards on a deep ball connection to sophomore Eli Givens.
The Vikings quarterback finished the game with 389 yards on 20 of 31 passing.
"He did everything he could to keep us in the game tonight," Hansen said. "We'll be fine. They (Wilcox) lost last week so we still control our own destiny. That's a good football team that beat us."
Wilcox 14 "7 "7 "14--42
Palo Alto 7 "13 "12 "7--39
W -- Mitchell 80 run (Bowles kick)
PA -- Davis 8 pass from Chryst (Fogarty kick)
W -- Dipko 14 run (Bowles kick)
W -- Mitchell 81 run (Bowles kick)
PA -- Givens 69 pass from Chryst( Fogarty kick)
PA -- Chryst 1 run (kick fail)
W -- Finefeuiaki 1 run (Bowles kick)
PA -- Givens 79 pass from Chryst (2-point failed)
PA -- Johnson 55 punt return (2-point failed)
W -- Finefeuiaki 46 run (kick fail)
PA -- Chryst 2 run (Fogarty kick)
W -- Mitchell 16 run (2-point good)
Records -- Wilcox 4-1, 1-1; Palo Alto 2-3, 1-1.