While Mountain View High’s offense scored early and often in Thursday’s 40-7 rout of Santa Clara to open the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division football season, Spartans coach Shelley Smith heaped the most praise on his defense.
“Our defense was outstanding,” he said. “They should get the game ball.”
Mountain View, which shut out the visiting Bruins in the first half, “got contributions from everybody,” the coach added. Senior captain Mason Davies played a key role on both sides of the ball, making plays at linebacker and fullback. He rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns, capped by a 75-yarder in the third quarter.
Halfback Leo Navarro ran for 112 yards, and quarterback Trent Steffen threw an 80-yard TD pass to receiver Ryan Cambouris.
“To make that happen, we got a tremendous block from Andrew Lopez down field,” Smith said of the first-quarter pass play. “It was one of the best I’ve seen.”
In other local football action:
• In his first varsity start, QB Dre Caputo threw three touchdown passes in Los Altos’ 33-0 victory over visiting Monta Vista Thursday to kick off the SCVAL El Camino Division season.
Overcoming an early interception, the sophomore connected with Cole Rafferty for a 9-yarder and tossed the other two TDs to Zach Fagin (3 and 16 yards).
Coach Dave DeGeronimo said all three scores were “set up by the hard running of (halfback) Min Park,” who totaled more than 100 yards on the ground.
Tom Schumann returned a first-half interception 30 yards for a TD, and his brother Greg rushed for a score late in the game.
• St. Francis held on to beat San Benito 24-19 Saturday in a non-league game to open the season.
Running backs Adonis Hernandez and Camilo Arquette rushed for 126 and 111 yards, respectively, with the latter also scoring a 2-yard TD for the host Lancers.
In the fourth quarter, St. Francis’ Antonio Vakameilalo blocked a field-goal try that Anay Nagarajan returned 67 yards for a score.
Reigning Central Coast Section champ Mountain View has picked up where it left off last season, decisively winning its first two De Anza Division games.
After kicking off their season with a 4-1 over Santa Clara March 16, the Spartans shut out rival Los Altos 4-0 Friday.
Julia Webster scored two goals against both opponents, and Isabella Walker notched two assists in each game. Freshman Freyja Arnarsdottir produced two goals versus the Eagles (0-2).
Los Altos can finish undefeated with three wins this week.
The Eagles – 9-0 in the El Camino Division and 11-0 overall – face three teams they beat 7-0 in the first round of play this season.
Last week, host Los Altos beat Gunn 5-2. The Eagles swept the doubles and haven’t lost a doubles match all year, according to coach Hung Nguyen. The top team, Sofia Mujica and Sophia Shao, have dropped only one set and Megan Apfelberg and Navya Singhai “have pretty much dominated at the No. 2 spot,” the coach said.
Mountain View won both its matches last week, improving to 7-2 overall. The Spartans followed a 5-2 victory at Cupertino March 15 with a sweep of Los Gatos the next day.
Singles players Audrey Shen, Stephanie Hsu and Marina Raynaud prevailed both days.
Mountain View ended its season with a three-stroke loss to Homestead Thursday at Shoreline Golf Links, but the Spartans still finished near the top of the De Anza Division with a 7-3 record.
“We had 10 wonderful young ladies who practiced hard and gave it their all,” Mountain View coach Bruce Jaffe said.
The Los Altos boys and girls teams both placed fifth among the 13 SCVAL schools competing in Saturday’s meet at Gunn.
Hans Holst led the Los Altos boys by placing fifth overall; Kevin Andrews came in 30th.
Among the girls, three Eagles finished in the top 10 overall: Fiona Bodkin (seventh), Maddy Randall (13th) and Riley Capuano (17th).