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Football: The King’s Academy aims to continue stellar play

On paper, the match-up between a red-hot The King’s Academy football team and the winless Aragon Dons on Friday might not appear to have the makings of a competitive game.
But Knights coach Pete Lavorato doesn’t see it that way.
“Aragon is a very physical football team, and they are always very well-coached,” Lavorato said. “They have had a very difficult schedule so far and I don’t put much credence into records. It will be a tough competitive game, if we play well.”
The Knights, who have scored a total of 80 points in winning their last two games since dropping their season opener to Christian High of El Cajon, travel to San Mateo to take on the Dons Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Aragon, which finished second in the Peninsula Athletic League’s Bay Division last year en route to its seventh consecutive trip to the Central Coast Section playoffs, is off to its first 0-3 start since 2008.
The King’s Academy, which will be seeking to avenge a 38-24 loss to Aragon last year, is coming off of an impressive 43-6 triumph over the Homestead Mustangs last Friday behind another stellar rushing performance by senior running back Bralyn Lux.
For the third consecutive week, Lux topped the 100-yard mark, this time rambling for a career-best 202 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries.  He has already racked up 425 yards for the season, and is averaging 9.7 yards per carry.
“Lux is a great athlete, and his football I.Q. is off the charts,” said Lavorato. “He has speed, agility and toughness.”
Thanks to the domination of their offensive line of center Hunter Wright, tackles Matt Wilson and Chris Althausen, and guards David Mazzulla and Preston Auger, the Knights rolled up 337 yards on the ground. They attempted only two passes on the night.


 
Homestead, which fell to 0-4 on the season, escaped being shut out when Harold Rucker III scored on a short run in the third quarter.
Casey Latini was a bright spot in the loss for the Mustangs, toting the ball 18 times for a career-high 108 yards.
The Mustangs open their Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division schedule Friday at Levi Stadium with a 7:30 p.m. encounter against the Los Gatos Wildcats (3-1).
The Fremont Firebirds, who slipped to 1-3 following a 42-7 loss to Santa Cruz last week, also begin their De Anza Division season Friday at home with a 7 p.m. contest against the 4-0 Wilcox Chargers.
A Bryand Arcia 40-yard strike to Michael Farantino accounted for Fremont’s lone touchdown in its loss to Santa Cruz.
“We beat ourselves with turnovers and a lack of discipline,” said Firebirds coach Adam Herald. “We have to get better.”
On Saturday, the Lynbrook Vikings, in quest of their first win since October of 2016, kick off their SCVAL El Camino Division season with a 1:30 p.m. battle at Los Altos against the host Eagles.
The Vikes fell to 0-4 on the season last week when they were beaten 41-6 by Pajaro Valley of Watsonville. Jay Lee scored Lynbrook’s only touchdown on a short run.
Cupertino and Monta Vista both have byes this week before beginning their respective El Camino seasons on Sept. 28, when the Pioneers will host Fremont and the Matadors will host Gunn.
Last week, Diego Zamora ran for four touchdowns and passed for a fifth to lead Cupertino to its third straight win with a 35-0 defeat of Prospect. Cheto Vasquez rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns, and also passed for three scores, to spark Monta Vista to a 56-12 defeat of James Lick.
Defensive stalwarts Alex Law, Jonny Hernandez, Dom Stuart, Cevon Terry and Zach Apostolo helped Cupertino register its first shutout since blanking Gunn 48-0 in November of 2015.
At 3-1, Monta Vista is off to its best start since going 7-0 to begin the 2008 season. The 56 points it scored represented the most the Matadors have tallied in a game since beating Harker 56-0 on October 14, 2011.
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