Palma-Aptos football

Friday's game
Palma (1-2) at Aptos (2-1), 7:30 p.m.
 It's becoming apparent there are no limitations being put on Palma's all-time leading rusher Emilio Martinez, who has compiled more than 60 percent of the teams offense.
 The 5-foot-9 Martinez is a bolt of lightening out of the backfield, yet runs violently towards anyone in his path, chalking up 526 yards and eight touchdowns in three games.
 Aptos, the three-time reigning Central Coast Section divisional champions, will come at Palma with as many as four different running backs.
 Both teams throw just enough to keep defenses from lining up eight or nine in a box, although Aptos may be tempted to stack the interior line and dare someone other than Martinez to handle the ball.
 Since giving up 52 points in their season opener, the Chieftains defense, anchored by Tristan Wahl, Drew Dalman and Stan Smith, has allowed just 14 points in the last two games.
 An opportunist Aptos defense has forced 12 turnovers this fall  While opponents are averaging 288 yards through the air against them, the reigning SCCAL champs have eight picks.
 The Mariners strength has been the first quarter, outscoring teams 20-0. Avenging a loss to Capital Christian last week, part of their redemption tour includes Palma, who beat them 24-13 last fall.
 Over the last five years, Aptos is 52-6 against opponents in the CCS. Five of those losses have come from teams in the WCAL, two in CCS title games. The other was to Palma.

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