Los Altos limps into league play

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Los Altos High running back Patrick Vargas eludes a pair of Hayward defenders in Friday’s game. The senior rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown in the loss. He also caught two passes for 22 yards.

The Los Altos High football team braced for what was coming, though that didn’t make the last two games any easier. The Eagles, who filled their non-league schedule with tougher teams this year, last week suffered another drubbing.

“Our preseason was going to be tough, and we knew it,” running back Patrick Vargas said after Friday’s 55-22 home loss to Hayward, which followed a 51-6 setback to Half Moon Bay the week before. “We’ll take our losses, learn from our mistakes and go on to next week and get ready for our league season.”


Lancers go to 3-0

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St. Francis High’s Thomas MacDevitt signals touchdown after teammate De’jon Fort pounces on a blocked punt in the end zone in Friday night’s non-league game against visiting Atascadero.

The St. Francis High football team should enter next week’s league opener at St. Ignatius with a mound of momentum on its side.

The Lancers raised their record to 3-0 with Friday night’s 20-0 home rout of Atascadero, a squad that came into the contest undefeated.


Spartans shoot for playoffs Mtn. View just missed postseason last year

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Mountain View High receiver Wilson Schiller, right, attempts to evade teammate Nick Butters during practice last week. Senior Butters starts at safety, quarterback and punter for the Spartans.

The Mountain View High football team couldn’t help but feel left out last season. Despite tying for first place in their division and going 8-2 overall, the Spartans missed the Central Coast Section playoffs.

Mountain View is motivated to make it this year.


After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more

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Los Altos High senior running back Patrick Vargas snares a pass in practice last week.

Don’t dismiss the Eagles. Coach Trevor Pruitt is adamant that his Los Altos High football team will be better than expected.

“When I read (in another publication) that we’d finish fourth, I laughed,” he said. “We’re very talented. The El Camino Division is wide open this year, and we can absolutely win it. It’s ours to lose, to be honest.”


Lovin' Levi's

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Mountain View’s Austin Johnson, running after the catch, played multiple positions in Saturday’s game.

For Mountain View High’s Austin Johnson and Homestead’s John Rak, the highlight of playing in Saturday’s 41st annual Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game occurred before kickoff.

“It was when we were walking out of the tunnel and started hearing the crowd and we’re just getting pumped up,” Johnson said. “I got so many chills just walking out. It was really fun.”


Local football all-stars excited to play at Levi's Stadium

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Sean Lanoza is Los Altos High’s lone representative in the Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game.

Although Sean Lanoza isn’t a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, he’s elated to get the chance to play on their home turf in the Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game slated 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The running back from Los Altos High said he was honored to be selected for the 41st annual game – a showcase for the county’s top graduated seniors – and the switch of sites from San Jose City College to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara only enhances the experience.


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