Lancers make football playoffs as top seed; MV just misses cut

The St. Francis High football team finds itself in a familiar position as postseason play kicks off Friday.

Like last year, the Lancers are the top seed in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs.


Payback for Pinewood

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Pinewood freshman Alex Dagman – flanked by brothers Oscar Fick, left, and Bo Fick – celebrates scoring a touchdown Friday.

Jack Sweat didn’t forget. With last year’s lopsided loss to Woodside Priory still fresh in his mind, the senior powered Pinewood School’s eight-man football team to a 60-26 rout of its rival Friday afternoon.

He cited losing to Priory by the same margin a year ago as one of the factors fueling him in Friday’s home and season finale.


Pick-six saves Spartans

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Mountain View High’s Regan Mszanowski reaches the end zone after intercepting a pass Saturday.

An injury-depleted Mountain View High football team made things a little more crowded at the top of the league standings with Saturday’s 39-27 upset win over Homestead.

The victory moved the Spartans into a second-place tie with the Mustangs in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division at 3-1. Mountain View improved to 6-2 overall, while Homestead dropped to 5-3.


MV Marauders go from worst to first in football

Courtesy of Mark Adams
The Mountain View Midgets Pop Warner Football team has made the playoffs. Front row, from left: Robbie Blanch, Ari Guzman, Andrew Cervantes, Edgar Hernandez, Albert Sotelo, Juan Marin Melo and Andrew Hiebert. Second row: Mohamad Fofaneh, Matthew Adams, Ben Sprouse, Andrew Esquivel, Kevin Sanchez, Alphonzo Barmore and Josue Ibarra. Third row: Nick Robinson, Matt Larson, Jose Marin Melo, Nick Juran, Cody Jones and Ali Galal. Fourth row: Andrew Smith (assistant Coach), Miguel Tepe Bolanos, Kyle Raiff, Chris Gile and Dave Hiebert (assistant coach). Back row: Ed Landphere (assistant coach), Mark Adams (head coach), Todd Gile (assistant coach).

What a turnaround season for the Mountain View Marauders Pop Warner Midget football team.

The squad – comprising seventh- and eighth-grade boys from Los Altos and Mountain View – has qualified for the playoffs after posting a 1-15 record over the past two seasons.


Happy homecoming for Eagles : Los Altos rallies late to defeat Cupertino

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Los Altos High’s Patrick Vargas celebrates after sprinting 14 yards into the end zone to score the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of last weekend’s game against Cupertino.

Saturday’s Los Altos High football game drew a larger-than-usual crowd due to the halftime festivities for homecoming. But the Eagles did just about all they could to steal the show, beating Cupertino 44-37 in a thrill-filled contest that came down to the very end.

No lead seemed safe Saturday – Los Altos overcame a 24-7 deficit and the Pioneers rallied from a 36-24 hole – not even when the Eagles scored the go-ahead touchdown on Patrick Vargas’ 14-yard scamper with 1:02 remaining.


Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

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Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildcat offense the week before to clip Cupertino, the Mountain View High football team wasn’t going to surprise Los Altos with it Friday night at Foothill College.

But timing was everything, as the Spartans wisely waited until the third quarter to spring the formation – featuring direct snaps to running back Austin Johnson – on the rival Eagles. The strategy enabled Mountain View to turn a 7-0 halftime deficit into a 34-14 homecoming victory.


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