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SF lineman Manoa makes Army All-American Bowl

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St. Francis High football standout Tyler Manoa stands between two U.S. Army officers after receiving his jersey for the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The senior was honored Oct. 5 at an on-campus ceremony attended by 20 family members, the entire St. Francis varsity football team, school band members, cheerleaders and several other students. Manoa, a defensive tackle and offensive guard, has been selected to play for the West squad in the showcase for the top 100 seniors in the country. The game is scheduled Jan. 6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio and will be broadcast live on NBC.

Eagles edged by Mustangs

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Los Altos High’s Ben Parker races to the end zone in Friday’s game at Homestead. The junior scored a pair of touchdowns.

The Los Altos High football team’s execution may still be lacking at times, but it’s hard to find fault with the Eagles’ effort and enthusiasm – even as the losses pile up.

The last example of that came Friday at Homestead, where Los Altos showed plenty of fight before falling 22-19.

Lancers get back on winning track

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St. Francis High linebacker Tyler McCabe tackles Sacred Heart Cathedral quarterback Will Irons Friday night.

Friday’s football game between St. Francis High and Sacred Heart Cathedral showed that records can be deceiving. Although the Lancers came into the contest 2-2 and the Fightin’ Irish were 4-0, it didn’t take St. Francis long to establish that it was the superior squad.

The host Lancers crushed Cathedral 45-17, building a big enough lead by halftime to sit starting quarterback Reed Vettel for the rest of the West Catholic Athletic League game.

Spartans fall to Firebirds in shootout

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Mountain View High fullback Michael Capote tries to break a tackle in Friday’s game. He rushed for 100 yards in the loss.

Every time the Mountain View High football team clawed its way back into Friday’s league opener at Fremont, the Spartans lost their grip – either on the ball or on the opposing ball carrier – enabling the Firebirds to hold on for a wild 58-41 win.

“You score 41 points, you should win the game,” Mountain View coach Shelley Smith said. “But we gave up big plays and made too many mistakes.”

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