Under new coach and with slew of new starters, Pinewood football team endures growing pains

Eric Burton
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Pinewood quarterback Eric Burton moves out of the pocket in Friday’s game.

Friday’s 44-20 home loss to Anzar guaranteed that Pinewood School will not have a winning season in eight-man football, and new coach Kevin Thorson is OK with that.

“No team I’ve coached has emphasized that we have to win or everything’s a failure – that’s not life,” said Thorson, who took over for longtime coach Matt Irvin. “I just want us to eliminate mistakes and play the best we can – that’s all we ask.”

It's all Eagles in this one

Dale Simms
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Los Altos High’s Dale Simms outruns a Lynbrook defender.

Winning in blowout fashion can cause cockiness, and that’s something the Los Altos High football team will try to guard against as it prepares for Friday night’s game at Santa Clara.

“We don’t want to get overconfident and slack off in practice thinking that we’re all that,” senior Ben Parker said after the Eagles thumped Lynbrook 50-0 Saturday. “But this wasn’t really a real game; this was kind of just for fun.”

Spartans stumble at home

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Senior Jacob Cortinas, carrying the ball against Capuchino, led Mountain View High in rushing Saturday.

After slumping to 1-3 with Saturday’s 38-32 home loss to Capuchino, the Mountain View High football team seems eager for the fresh start that comes with the opening of league play this week.

“We’re kind of starting over,” said quarterback JD Coyne, whose Spartans will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they visit Gunn 7 p.m. Friday to kick off their Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division slate. “We’ve got to put this loss behind us and go to work for league.”

St. Francis comes up short against national power De La Salle

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St. Francis High tight end Joshua Pakola tries to escape the clutches of a De La Salle defender in Friday night’s game.

The cannon placed in the corner of St. Francis High’s football stadium was primed to fire early and often Friday night against De La Salle. But the blast – which accompanies every Lancers touchdown – didn’t come until late in the third quarter and again in the fourth, with the game out of reach.

St. Francis fell to the nationally ranked Spartans 33-15 in a game in which De La Salle gave the Lancers opportunities just as quickly as they failed to capitalize on them. The St. Francis defense forced four turnovers, but the offense scored just once off of them.

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