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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.”

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.

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