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Eagles get defensive


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Los Altos quarterback Cooper Cornell, above, hands the ball off to fullback Nick Pontius, who also starts at defensive tackle.

Football coaches can’t help but be optimistic this time of year – every team is still undefeated. Los Altos High coach Trevor Pruitt is especially encouraged by the potential he sees in the 2016 Eagles, who kick off their season Friday.

“There’s a real positive aura around this team – the best since my first year,” he said.

Spartans address concussion concerns head-on


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Linebacker Danny Holton, rushing the punter in last month’s Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game at Levi’s Stadium, is a big believer in the rugby-style tackling Mountain View High implemented his senior year. He called it “a genius way to tackle.”

The Mountain View High football team didn’t set records for wins, yards or touchdowns, but 2015 was the Spartans’ most successful season in the statistical category that matters more – concussions.

The varsity squad didn’t sustain a single concussion, according to head coach Shelley Smith. In his 16 years coaching football, Smith said it was the first concussion-free team he’s ever had.

Don't tell these guys it's only an exhibition


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Mountain View High defensive end Noah Kjos celebrates a tackle by one of his teammates. He recovered a fumble in the game.

There was nothing on the line but pride, and that proved more than enough to motivate the players in the 42nd annual Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game. These guys wanted to win.

Exhibition game or not, the players fought hard – receivers surely felt a few of the huge hits the next day – and some of them got a little overzealous. There were personal fouls and even an ejection in the senior showcase at Levis’ Stadium, where the South edged the North 23-20 Saturday.

It's time to shine


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Los Altos High senior Patrick Vargas carries the ball against Mountain View last season. The running back is among seven local players selected for Saturday’s Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game at Levi’s Stadium.

When the call came last April, Patrick Vargas didn’t believe it. The voice on the other end told the Los Altos High senior he had been selected to play in this weekend’s Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game.

Vargas was surprised – and suspicious.


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