Steve Bono's son headed to state championship

Palo Alto High School's quarterback Christoph Bono is a lot like his dad and his team is headed to a state championship.

December 17, 2010 1:48:44 AM PST
Palo Alto High School will face Centennial-Corona Friday night in Los Angeles and it will be a battle of the unbeaten for the Division 1 state championship. The Vikings have a familiar name at quarterback and like father, like son.

"His knowledge of the game, his feet, and the accuracy of his ball," says Steve Bono.

Bono is a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and current Palo Alto High School coach. Bono is talking about his quarterback who happens to be his son -- Christoph.

"Yea, it's cool. It's definitely a different experience probably than most kids, but you know, I get to spend a lot of time with him. When we go home and eat dinner, it's like sitting next to my coach," says Christoph.

But they don't always agree.

"Lately, they've been having different opinions, so it's been kind of funny watching that dynamic," says head coach Earl Hansen.

The Vikings are 13-0 and will face Centennial of Corona for the division one state title Friday night at the Home Depot Center in L.A.

Palo Alto knocked off Mitty, Bellermine and Valley Christian to get to the finals. They consider themselves the little public school that could.

"We love that. We went through three private schools through the playoffs, they're all very good teams, and we did well," says Hansen.

"The best part of all of this was watching these guys set their mind to the task and going to get it done," says Hansen.

The Vikings are representing their school and Northern California in this matchup on Friday night.

"It means a lot to this football team and for the school. There's never been a state championship for football. So hopefully we can get one," says Christoph.


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