The Los Altos High football team won the first quarter of Friday’s season opener, but host Soquel took over after that to prevail 33-13.
The Eagles scored on the game’s opening drive – courtesy of running back Sean Lanoza’s 48-yard touchdown scamper and Matt Schonher’s extra point – and their defense didn’t surrender as much as a first down in the quarter.
Soquel found its groove in the second quarter, however, outscoring Los Altos 19-0. The Knights added another touchdown – followed by a two-point conversion – in the third while keeping the Los Altos offense in check. Soquel pushed the lead to 33-7 in the fourth on Ty Seeger’s second touchdown of the night.
“Soquel was a well-coached, tough football team,” Eagles coach Trevor Pruitt said. “We set up a strong non-league schedule, but we still expected to play way better. We made mistakes, turned the ball over and didn’t execute our plays.”
The miscues prevented Los Altos from scoring its second touchdown until the game’s final minute on a 1-yard run by Lanoza, who racked up 221 yards. On defense, the senior registered two sacks.
The Eagles are slated to visit Marina (Monterey County) 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“We are very young and just need to make sure the players understand it’s a long season and there are plenty more battles left for the year to win,” Pruitt said.
In other local football action, St. Francis kicked off its season with a 28-0 rout of visiting Oak Grove Friday night. The Lancers led 21-0 at halftime.
Quarterback Kamalii Akina had a hand in all four St. Francis touchdowns. He ran for the first one (11 yards) and threw scoring strikes to Trillion Hebert (23 and 7 yards) and Darius Thomas (15 yards). Riley Quinn made the four extra points.
The St. Francis defense, led by Steve Dinneen (three sacks), held Oak Grove to 91 yards of offense.
The Lancers are scheduled to take on Palma 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rabobank Stadium in Salinas.
Los Altos High’s sophomore girls won their race at the Earlybird Invitational, held Saturday at Toro Park in Salinas. Katie Klein paced the Eagles with an eighth-place time of 19 minutes, 45 seconds. Teammate Katia Gibson took 11th with a 20:27.
For the Los Altos boys, Ben Zaeske finished second in the juniors race (16:09) and Andreas Godderis came in sixth (16:30). They helped the Eagles place sixth as a team.
Girls water polo
Mountain View High launched its season by beating Sequoia 7-3 in what coach Drew Enlow called “a hard-fought win” Saturday at the Janette MacKinlay Memorial Invitational at Gunn.
Sophomore Kate Atherton scored five goals for the Spartans, who dropped their second game of the tourney to St. Ignatius 10-6.
Boys water polo
Mountain View High fell 12-8 to Serra Friday to open the season. The host Padres pulled away in the third quarter by scoring five unanswered goals.
Matt Dunn and Alex Paulsen totaled four and three goals, respectively, to lead the Spartans.