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Spartans shut out in opener

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High tight end Frank Kapp is tackled after catching a pass during a 45-0 loss to Burlingame Friday.

An 87-yard touchdown by Burlingame’s Robbie Baumgarten on the game’s opening kickoff proved ominous for Mountain View in a 45-0 loss to open the season Friday.

The opening score was part of a 31-point first-half outburst for the Panthers (1-0 overall), who gained 156 yards rushing and another 108 yards through the air against the Spartans (0-1 overall). Mountain View, meanwhile, managed 193 yards of total offense – including 155 yards rushing – but committed three turnovers in the loss.

Spartans head coach Shelley Smith conceded that his team was a work in progress.

“This is a building process, and I thought we’d get off to a better start than what we did,” Smith said following his first game at the helm of the Spartans football program. “Now we have to kind of lick our wounds and start over. We’ll use it as a learning experience. We have to – it’s the only way we’re going to get better.”

Burlingame struck early and often in the first quarter. On Mountain View’s first play from scrimmage, quarterback Anthony Avery turned the ball over on a botched halfback pitch, resulting in a 34-yard field goal by Seamus Gill with 9:42 to go and a 10-0 Panther lead. Five minutes later, Burlingame struck again with an eight-play, 52-yard drive that ended an 11-yard touchdown run from Griffin Intrieri for a 17-0 lead.

Mountain View’s offense sputtered early, advancing no farther than Burlingame’s 32 in the first half. The Spartans saw a promising drive fall short early in the fourth quarter, driving 60 yards on 11 plays before Nico Mayoral dropped Jorge Hernandez’s halfback pass in the end zone on fourth-and-goal.

Still, Smith credited Avery – a converted wide receiver – for his play under center. The senior quarterback finished the game just 7-of-17 passing for 38 yards and an interception, but led the team with 55 yards rushing.

“For his first varsity game, I have to say, he did well,” Smith said of Avery. “He’s going to learn as he goes, but he’s committed to trying to get the job done.”

The Panthers added two more touchdowns in the second quarter – getting a 3-yard touchdown run from Intrieri with 10:32 left, followed by a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Avery Gindraux to Steven Cosenza at 4:41.

The Panthers opened the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns in less than a minute, getting an 8-yard touchdown pass at 8:33 from Gindraux to Cosenza and a 20-yard touchdown run at 7:49 by Gill – who also converted all point-after attempts for the Panthers. Gill’s touchdown came after a fumbled kickoff return by the Spartans.

Los Altos earns lopsided win in opener

Los Altos scored 41 points in the first quarter of a 61-0 final over Burton Saturday, giving Trevor Pruitt his first win as head coach of the Eagles football program.

Senior Victor Ruiz scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams – hauling in a 51-yard touchdown pass from Lambie Lanman before scoring on an interception and returning a punt for a third score.

Lanman finished the game 3-of-5 passing for 89 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Sean Lanoza rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on three carries – including a 79-yard scamper. Running back Patrick Vargas also scored twice in the season-opening win.

Lancers blank Oak Grove

The St. Francis football team scored four touchdowns in the first half en route to a season-opening 28-0 road win Friday at Oak Grove.

In his first game as the Lancers’ sixth head coach since 1958, Greg Calcagno saw his team’s offense combine for 222 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the win. Cameron Meszaros led the team with 76 yards rushing on 16 carries, while Alex Andrighetto combined for 60 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Cole Cassidy added 46 yards on 10 carries as well.

Linebacker John Powers led the Lancers on defense with three of the team’s six sacks in the win over the Eagles.

2013 Football: Mountain View High School v. Burlingame - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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