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Pinewood School quarterback Kevin Tracy “gets better each week,” according to his coach, Matt Irvin.
The coach has changed and many of last season’s key players graduated, yet Pinewood School’s eight-man football team hasn’t adjusted its expectations this year.
The Panthers are still shooting for the league championship – or at least a part of it.
“We have gotten better each week and expect to win our last two games with hopes to share the conference title,” said first-year head coach Matt Irvin.
At the start of September, there were doubts if Pinewood would be able to play the season, let alone contend in the Mission Trails Athletic League. Already facing a shortage of players, the Panthers suffered enough injuries to force the cancelation of their Sept. 7 game against Anderson Valley.
Pinewood, which postponed another game, finally kicked off its season Sept. 22 and shut out El Sobrante Christian 54-0. The Panthers dropped their next game, 46-24 to Woodside Priory Oct. 4, but haven’t lost since. They topped Anzar 28-14 Oct. 12 and routed Alma Heights Christian 68-6 Friday.
Irvin attributed the turnaround to adding “some great athletes” who “are committed to the program.”
Second-year player Greg Naumann, a running back/linebacker, “is one of our top performers on both sides of the ball,” the coach said. At both positions, Naumann teams with first-year player Owen Lewis, whom Irvin described as “an outstanding athlete.”
Quarterback Kevin Tracy, in his second year playing football and his first as a starter, has impressed the coach as well.
“He’s doing a nice job so far and gets better each week,” Irvin said. “He’s a very smart young man and has picked up everything I’ve thrown at him this year.”
Up front, Oscar Fick, Jack Sweat, Wilson Fields and Kai Meter have been “big contributors on the line,” the coach said.
Together, they’ve helped Pinewood to a 3-1 overall record and a 2-1 mark in league – a game back of Woodside Priory in the MTAL.
“I wish we could have that Priory game back,” Irvin said. “We would love to have another chance to face them.”
Instead, Pinewood is slated to host Trinity Christian 4 p.m. Friday and visit Stuart Hall 1 p.m. Nov. 3.
Spartans are struggling
Mountain View is scheduled Friday to play a night game at home for the first time in school history – 7 p.m. against Homestead – and maybe the temporary lights will turn on a switch in the struggling Spartans.
Mountain View has dropped four consecutive games – all of them in league and none of them close. With Friday’s 58-20 setback at Saratoga, the Spartans have been outscored 173-53 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.
Mountain View (2-5 overall) trailed Saratoga 41-6 at halftime.
The Spartans’ top performers included Marcus Jones (97 yards rushing) and Austin Johnson (two touchdown receptions).
Bells beat Lancers
Visiting St. Francis played solid defense against league-leading Bellarmine, which led just 7-0 at halftime, but couldn’t do enough on offense and lost 16-7 Friday.
The Bells possessed the ball twice as long as the Lancers (2-2 West Catholic Athletic League and 3-4 overall) and made 10 more first downs.
St. Francis’ touchdown came in the third quarter on Mike Lauck’s 3-yard pass to Austin Guibor.