The Los Altos High football team’s 8-2 record wasn’t enough to make the postseason. Two teams finished ahead of the Eagles in their bid for the final berth in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs, according to coach Trevor Pruitt.
While disappointed, Pruitt was pleased with how his team finished the year. The Eagles clobbered Cupertino 44-20 Saturday – a week after blanking Lynbrook 30-0 – to take third in the SCVAL El Camino Division at 3-2.
“We have played our best football the last two games, and we really wish we were in the playoff mix,” he said, “but we understand how things work and we are still proud of the season we had.”
Although Los Altos posted a better record than several squads that advanced to CCS, it lacked the necessary power points – based not only on wins but strength of schedule – to qualify.
“Our plan is to schedule some tougher non-league games next year,” said Pruitt, who took over a team that went winless in 2012.
The host Eagles fell behind 13-0 in Saturday’s finale, but they scored the next 30 points to take a comfortable lead by halftime.
Sean Lanoza scored twice for Los Altos (30-yard interception, 26-yard catch), as did Patrick McColl (8- and 40-yard receptions). Lambie Lanman threw four touchdown passes, including a 71-yarder to Victor Ruiz.
St. Francis seeded first
St. Francis (8-2) has landed the top seed in CCS Division II, which it won last year, and is slated to host No. 8 Andrew Hill (8-2) 7 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.
The Lancers closed the regular season with a 42-13 rout of visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral Friday to finish fourth in the West Catholic Athletic League at 4-3.
St. Francis scored its first touchdown 13 seconds into the game – a 15-yard run by Landon Baty that followed an Irish fumble – and led 42-7 at halftime.
Delvin Hurtado rushed for 88 yards for the Lancers and Will Fischer-Colbrie was 3-for-4 passing for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Spartans stumble again
Mountain View concluded its season of struggles with a 39-35 loss to visiting Fremont Friday.
The setback guaranteed the Spartans a last-place finish in the SCVAL De Anza Division at 1-6 and dropped them to 1-9 overall.
Mountain View was outscored 28-14 in the second half Friday.
Anthony Avery threw four touchdown passes for the Spartans, two of them to tight end Frank Kapp. Austin Johnson caught one scoring pass and recorded a team-high 14 tackles.
– Joe Schram contributed to this report