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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


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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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LA native Walz helps high school athletes get recruited


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Zack Walz, who played linebacker in the NFL, is co-founder of a company that helps high school athletes get recruited by colleges.

Recent statistics show that fewer than 8 percent of high school athletes play a sport in college. Los Altos native Zack Walz beat those odds and even played professional football.

Now he is helping other high school athletes beat those odds.

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Locals help North squash South in county all-star football game


Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Alex Andrighetto dives into the end zone for the North’s third touchdown in last week’s Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football game.

Sure it was an exhibition game, but don’t tell players on the North that last week’s 40th annual Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game didn’t matter. The team with nine local players approached it like there was a championship at stake.

The opposition? Not so much. The South all-stars were outplayed and physically overmatched from the opening possession by a spirited squad guided by Los Altos High coach Trevor Pruitt.

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