Photo By: Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
A Sacred Heart Prep touchdown on the second play from scrimmage set an ominous tone for the Mountain View High football team during a 27-3 home loss Friday.
After opening the game with a 25-yard run from running back Jack Del Santo, the Gators (2-0) got on the scoreboard when quarterback Kevin Donahoe found tight end Derek Hunter open down the middle for a 50-yard touchdown strike and a quick 7-0 lead. The Gators led 7-3 at the half before pulling away in the second half with 20 unanswered points.
According to Mountain View senior running back Marcus Jones, the Spartans (0-1) were never able to recover emotionally from Sacred Heart Prep’s early blow.
“I just think once they scored, our momentum just went down from there and our momentum never got back up,” he said. “Everyone was walking off with their heads down and we just can’t do that.”
Jones proved to be a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing opener for the Spartans. He rushed for 167 yards on 23 carries, caught a pass for 7 yards, and blocked a point-after attempt for good measure.
“(He’s a) great athlete, good vision, really good moves,” Sacred Heart coach Peter Lavorato said of Jones.
Mountain View managed to cut the Gator lead to 7-3 on its second offensive series with a 27-yard field goal from Chauncey Neyman, and escaped further damage later in the first half when Sacred Heart running back Ryan Gaertner fumbled a pitch inside the Spartan 5-yard-line.
That was all the scoring the Spartans could muster. Mountain View junior quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie finished the game 9 of 21 passing for 77 yards with an interception.
Sophomore receiver Austin Johnson was Fischer-Colbrie’s most frequent target, catching six passes for 43 yards.
Sacred Heart distanced itself from Mountain View in the third quarter, putting together a six-play, 31-yard drive on its first series of a second half punctuated by a 2-yard touchdown run by Gaertner for a 14-3 lead.
After forcing another Mountain View punt, Sacred Heart reached the end zone again to widen its advantage to 20-3.
“It looked like they were getting a little tired in the third quarter,” Lavorato said of Mountain View. “We’re not a real big team, so we have to sue our quickness and try to wear teams down a little bit.”
Sacred Heart tacked on a fourth touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Gaertner. All told, the Spartans surrendered 362 yards of total offense to the Gators.
Mountain View will visit Burlingame High 7 p.m. Friday.
Lancer offense sputters in 12-7 loss to Palma
After a scoreless tug-of-war in the first half, turnovers and an inconsistent offense continued to plague the St. Francis High football team in the second for a 12-7 loss at Palma Friday.
The Lancers’ second loss of the season exposed a struggling offense that ended four drives with interceptions.
Another eight possessions ended with punts.
Both of Palma’s second-half scores came following interceptions. With 9:58 to go in the third quarter, St. Francis quarterback Mike Lauck’s intercepted pass led to a four-play scoring drive to give Palma a 6-0 lead.
With 4:48 left in the fourth quarter, a Lauck pass was tipped, picked off and returned 54 yards to the Lancer 5, setting up a second touchdown for Palma on the next play.
St. Francis’ lone scoring drive came with just 2:50 left in the game when Lauck hit Austin Guibor for a 2-yard touchdown strike to complete a nine-play drive.
Lauck completed 15 of 29 passes for 183 yards. Landon Baty led the Lancers in rushing with 40 yards on 11 carries. St. Francis defenders John Powers, Austin Woodard, Jack Casarez and Karl Castillo combined for three sacks in the loss.
St. Francis travels to Willow Glen Friday for a 7:30 p.m. nonleague matchup.