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Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildcat offense the week before to clip Cupertino, the Mountain View High football team wasn’t going to surprise Los Altos with it Friday night at Foothill College.

But timing was everything, as the Spartans wisely waited until the third quarter to spring the formation – featuring direct snaps to running back Austin Johnson – on the rival Eagles. The strategy enabled Mountain View to turn a 7-0 halftime deficit into a 34-14 homecoming victory.

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Spartans survive


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Austin Johnson races to the end zone on a 69-yard run in the fourth quarter of Friday’s win over Cupertino.

Good thing the Mountain View High School Sports Boosters didn’t rent those temporary lights by the hour – the Spartans needed overtime to subdue Cupertino 27-20 in Friday’s league-opening football game.

Austin Johnson’s 10-yard dash into the end zone on Mountain View’s second possession in overtime put the Spartans on top and defensive back Chris Pena-Prado made sure the Pioneers didn’t match it, intercepting a pass in the end zone to cap the three-hour contest.

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Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


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Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High football team. The Eagles drove 76 yards in 12 plays and scored on Kyle Gounod’s 25-yard pass to Patrick Vargas.

But the rest of the game couldn’t have gone much worse for Los Altos. The powerful Panthers scored the next seven touchdowns on the way to a 56-17 victory, spoiling the Eagles’ first game on their new turf field.

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Los Altos and Mtn. View win road football games; St. Francis falls to Palma

Making amends for its mistake-ridden loss to open the season, Los Altos High shut out Marina Friday night. The Eagles played turnover-free football in the 20-0 road win.

“Our offense played a lot better this week, limiting mistakes and turnovers,” said coach Trevor Pruitt, whose team lost 33-13 at Soquel a week earlier. “Sean (Lanoza) had another great game, and we were able to control the clock and the game with our offensive line.”

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Spartans shine in opener


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Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of the way to win Friday’s season-opening game 31-10.

Mountain View defensive ends Matt McCarthy and Frank Kapp paced the Spartans’ defense by combining for six of the team’s seven sacks in the game. McCarthy sacked Dons quarterback Robert Collins four times – including on consecutive snaps halfway through the fourth quarter. Kapp posted a sack in each half.

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Eagles, Spartans gear up for gridiron season


Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos and Mountain View highs have new starting quarterbacks this year, with Kyle Gounod, above, taking over for the Eagles.

If any game defined the 2013 football seasons for Los Altos and Mountain View highs, it was the week-three meeting between these rivals. The Eagles dominated 32-14 to remain undefeated and on the way to an 8-2 season, while the Spartans slumped to 0-3 and finished 1-9.

This year’s rematch should be more interesting – even if only because the teams are now in the same division and the game comes at midseason. It is slated Oct. 10 at Foothill College.

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