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Spartans surge in second half to take down rival Eagles 35-10

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Mountain View High’s Jai Austin rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns Friday night.

Mountain View High didn’t look like a football team fighting for a playoff berth in the first half of Friday’s game against Los Altos, which also needed a win to keep its postseason hopes alive.

The Spartans trailed 3-0 at halftime after committing a turnover and two drive-crushing penalties while mustering just three first downs – six fewer than the rival Eagles.

Wild win for Lancers

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St. Francis High running back Lutoviko Ahoia fights his way into the end zone in the second quarter of Friday’s win over Serra.

More than a few football fans headed for the exit at St. Francis High’s Ron Calcagno Stadium Friday night after Serra scored with four minutes remaining to extend its lead to 12 points.

They beat the traffic, but they didn’t see the Lancers rally to beat the Padres 43-42.

Rivals meet Friday in key football game

Friday’s football showdown pitting Mountain View High against Los Altos should clarify the playoff picture in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division.

Both teams enter the contest – slated 7 p.m. at Foothill College – with one division loss. A victory for the Eagles (3-1 league) means they can claim the crown by winning their Nov. 13 season finale at first-place Santa Clara (4-0).

Eagles winged by Wing-T offense

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The Los Altos High defense, led by linebacker Max Higareda (No. 9), stops Monta Vista quarterback Golan Gingold on a fourth-and-goal play. Gingold still rushed for three touchdowns.

Despite Friday night’s disappointing defeat on homecoming, all is not lost for Los Altos High.

Monta Vista’s 30-14 victory over the Eagles in what coach Trevor Pruitt called “a winnable game” certainly damaged his football team’s dream of winning its division, but the season is far from over.

Spartans stymie Vikings

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Mountain View High defensive lineman Christopher Suarez picks up a fumble in Friday night’s game against Lynbrook.

Coach Shelley Smith would like to see his Mountain View High football team break the habit of playing subpar second halves, yet it’s hard to argue with the results. The Spartans are off to a 3-1 start.

One good half was more than enough to overtake undermanned Lynbrook (1-3) in last week’s Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division opener. The Spartans prevailed 32-6 Friday night at Foothill College.

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.”

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