Spartans slip past Saratoga 42-41; Lancers shutout Mitty 42-0

In what coach Shelley Smith called a “great win for our program,” the Mountain View High football team rallied to beat Saratoga 42-41 Friday night.

Down 13 points midway through the fourth quarter, the visiting Spartans roared back with their ground attack. Halfback Elias Davidson followed a 25-yard touchdown run with a 19-yarder that tied the game. Ozzy Ortiz-Verdi’s extra point gave Mountain View the lead with just under two minutes left.

49ers honor Mtn. View's Austin as High School Player of the Week

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Mountain View High senior Jai Austin was named the San Francisco 49ers High School Player of the Week after the Spartans’ 21-20 homecoming victory over Hillsdale in double overtime.

Mountain View High football standout Jai Austin was recently named the San Francisco 49ers High School Player of the Week.

The senior halfback/defensive back was selected for his leadership and week six performance against Hillsdale, a team the Spartans edged 21-20 in double overtime Sept. 30. Austin rushed for 40 yards, caught two passes for 10 yards and recorded six tackles in the homecoming game, played under temporary lights at Mountain View.

Eagles fall from ranks of unbeaten

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Los Altos High’s Max Higareda tries to drag down Homestead’s Rajah Ward in Saturday’s game. The Eagles fell 18-13.

There are many reasons why the Los Altos High football team is no longer undefeated. Blame Saturday’s 18-13 home loss to Homestead on the Eagles’ struggles moving the ball, their inability to stop the run and perhaps even global warming.

The heat – it felt more like August than October – did Los Altos no favors; the Eagles’ sideline was on the sunnier side of the field for most of the afternoon game.

Spartans shine in overtime

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Mountain View High senior quarterback Colin Dickerson takes off running in Friday’s 21-20 overtime win against Hillsdale.

When the lights go on at Mountain View High, the Spartans always shine with the game on the line.

Hosting a night football game for only the fourth time in school history, Mountain View edged Hillsdale 21-20 in double overtime Friday to thrill the throng of fans on hand for homecoming.

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