In a football game pitting teams moving in different directions, Mountain View High beat Los Altos 43-6 Thursday night at Foothill College.
The Spartans (6-3-1 overall) proceed to the playoffs, while the Eagles (1-9) almost certainly are headed to the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League’s lower division next year.
Mountain View coach Toure Carter said his squad had to beat rival Los Altos to secure a playoff spot. The fifth-seeded Spartans are scheduled to visit No. 4 Milpitas (7-3) 7 p.m. Friday in the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals.
“I’m proud of these guys for winning,” Carter said of Mountain View, which placed third in the SCVAL De Anza Division at 4-2-1 and beat Milpitas in the league opener. “We’re looking forward to moving on to the playoffs and trying to win some games there.”
The season probably couldn’t end soon enough for undermanned Los Altos, which finished 0-7 in the De Anza Division. The last-place team typically drops into the friendlier SCVAL El Camino Division the following year.
“They fought through some difficult times with the amount of injuries we had,” Eagles coach Bill Waggoner said. “We tried to let them know that they’re going to have tough times in their life, and they fought through them.”
There were plenty of tough times for Los Altos in Thursday’s game. Mountain View built a 27-6 lead by halftime. The Spartans scored twice on punt returns – a 60-yarder by Marcus Jones in the second quarter and a 55-yarder by Tyler Halsted in the third. Jones added two rushing touchdowns and quarterback Mike Butler threw a pair of scoring passes to tight end Ken Hampel.
Los Altos’ touchdown came on sophomore quarterback Lambie Lanman’s 71-yard toss to senior receiver Bemi Onipede with 5:33 left in the second quarter.
Despite the trying season – Los Altos was beset by more than a dozen injuries that sidelined players – Waggoner is optimistic about next year.
“We’ve got some good players coming back,” he said. “We will miss (Onipede). He had a phenomenal year this year. He was amazing for us.”
Onipede led the Eagles with 50 catches for 813 yards.
Lancers make CCS
St. Francis is scheduled to return to the place it began the season, Oak Grove, 7 p.m. Friday in the CCS Open Division quarterfinals. The Lancers (5-5) are the eighth seed; the host Eagles (9-1) are No. 1.
Oak Grove beat St. Francis 27-25 in the Sept. 7 opener.
The Lancers squeaked into the playoffs by winning Saturday’s West Catholic Athletic League finale 41-0 at Riordan Saturday.
Seniors Durell Crooks and Braden Bishop scored two touchdowns each for St. Francis (4-3). Halfback Crooks rushed 12 times for 120 yards and receiver Bishop caught seven passes for 117 yards. Bishop’s 10 receiving touchdowns this season is a school record.
Joe Schram contributed to this report.