Although his team led by eight points, Los Altos High football coach Dave DeGeronimo went into halftime of Friday’s game at Monta Vista with an uneasy feeling.
“We had some success, but we weren’t really executing in the first half,” he said. “I felt we needed more in the second half.”
He got it from the Eagles, who scored 20 unanswered points to prevail 34-6.
“We were able to establish our run game,” DeGeronimo said. “Monta Vista loaded the box with eight (players), but we did a better job running against them in the second half.”
Running back Greg Schumann rushed for 79 yards on six carries in the SCVAL El Camino Division game, scoring on a 21-yard run.
Los Altos (1-0 league, 2-2 overall) scored its other touchdowns through the air. Quarterback Jimmy Flynn tossed two TD passes to Cole Rafferty and one each to Zach Fagin and Lance Kluge. Rafferty turned a screen into a 35-yard score and later caught a 67-yarder that put the game away. He totaled 128 yards on five receptions. Fagin’s TD came on a 25-yard pass from Flynn; Kluge scored on a 9-yarder.
“Jimmy took some shots early, but we made some adjustments,” DeGeronimo said of his sophomore QB, who finished 9-of-15 passing for 186 yards. “When he had time to throw, he looked good.”
The Eagles are scheduled to host Gunn 7 p.m. Friday.
“We have a big challenge this week,” DeGeromino said of the Titans, who are 1-0 in league and 4-1 overall. “Gunn is the team to beat in the El Camino.”
Turning to the SCVAL De Anza Division, Mountain View suffered its first league loss Friday: 42-27 at Wilcox.
The Chargers ran all over the Spartans, amassing 444 yards on the ground. Kemauri Glenn did the bulk of the damage, totaling 329 yards and all six touchdowns.
“That kid is a pretty good running back – one of the better running backs in the league,” Mountain View coach Shelley Smith said. “He’s tough to stop.”
Despite Glenn’s monster game, the Spartans (1-1, 4-2) stayed with Wilcox (1-2, 2-4) until the middle of the fourth quarter. Down a touchdown with about seven minutes left, Mountain View drove to the Chargers’ 1, only to fumble the ball away. Wilcox then drove 95 yards for the game-sealing touchdown.
“I think we were a little worn out,” Smith said.
That was the lone turnover for the Spartans, who racked up 405 yards of offense with a balanced attack. Running back Leo Navarro “had a fantastic game,” according to Smith, as he rushed for 152 yards and two TDs. Quarterback Jackson Steffen “had a solid night,” the coach said, rushing for 56 yards and throwing for 175. Steffen threw a pair of TD passes to receiver Joe Brown, who finished with five catches for 106 yards.
Mountain View’s homecoming game is set for 7 p.m. Friday against Santa Clara.
In West Catholic Athletic League action Friday night, St. Francis remained undefeated with a 37-13 road win against Sacred Heart Cathedral that was close until the fourth quarter.
The Lancers (2-0, 4-0) led the winless Wildcats 16-13 at halftime and the score stayed that way until the fourth quarter. With approximately nine minutes to go, St. Francis running back Camilo Arquette breached the goal line on a 1-yard run to give his team some breathing room. Six minutes later, Arquette rushed for a 17-yard TD that secured the victory.
Arquette finished with 110 yards rushing, an amount exceeded only by teammate Viliami Teu (186 yards), who also scored twice.
The Lancers are slated to host Valley Christian (2-0, 4-1) 7 p.m. Friday.
Mountain View ran its winning streak to 10 matches with a non-league sweep of Milpitas Friday night. The host Spartans triumphed 21-9, 25-9, 25-11.
Millie Kopp notched seven kills for Mountain View (18-2 overall) and Andisheh Turner registered six kills and 10 assists. Anya Kesselring served six aces.
Three days earlier, the Spartans edged visiting Gunn in five sets in De Anza Division play. Mountain View won the fifth set 15-7 to improve to 5-1 in league.
Kopp finished the match with 12 kills and Turner had 11, along with 18 assists. Tessa Hunter contributed nine kills and 13 digs, while Lyric Manson added eight kills and seven blocks.
In WCAL action Sept. 29, St. Francis stunned first-place Mitty; the host Lancers won the match in four sets.
Three St. Francis players posted double-digit kills: Madison Pietsch (16), Erin Curtis (16) and Lauren Scheffler (12).
The win boosted the Lancers’ record to 2-2 in league and 9-8 overall.