The Mountain View High football team may have lost several key players to graduation last spring, but the Spartans still have running back Leo Navarro – and the senior shined in Friday night’s season opener.
Navarro rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns in host Mountain View’s 31-0 shellacking of King’s Academy.
“He had a great night for us,” Spartans coach Shelley Smith said of Navarro, who did all that damage in only 16 carries. “He stepped up big time.”
Mountain View also received strong efforts from quarterback Jackson Steffen, who threw touchdown passes to receiver Joe Brown and tight end Kaleb Ecklund.
“For his first varsity game (as a starter), he did pretty well,” Smith said of Steffen, who completed four of his seven passes. “There were a few moments he tried to do too much, but all in all, he settled down and made some really good throws. He’s a pretty smart kid.”
The senior also moved the ball with his legs; Steffen’s 18-yard scramble late in the first half set up his 16-yard TD toss to Brown.
Up 17-0 at halftime, the Spartans didn’t let up in the second half. Their defense continued to dominate the Knights – thanks largely to the efforts of linebackers Min Kant and Andres Guimaraes, along with defensive end Chris Barmore, “who had a really great game,” according to Smith.
Mountain View is scheduled to visit Mitty at 1 p.m. Saturday in another non-league game.
LA’s game called in 2Q
Los Altos had just scored its second touchdown when Friday’s game at Independence was called due to poor air quality midway through the second quarter.
The Eagles led 13-0 at the time, with both touchdowns coming on short passes from Jimmy Flynn to Cole Rafferty, “who had a monster game,” coach Dave DeGeronimo said. Rafferty caught three passes for 120 yards. Flynn, in his varsity debut, was 5-for-9 passing for 141 yards.
DeGeronimo said the game will count as a forfeit win for Los Altos because the teams weren’t able to rechedule it.
The Eagles were able to reschedule their next game, however, which had been slated for Thursday night at home against San Lorenzo Valley. SLV is in COVID protocol, according to DeGeronimo, so the non-league game has been moved to Oct. 22, which was Los Altos’ bye week. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
SF game canceled
After being moved from Friday to Saturday, St. Francis’ season opener at Central Catholic (Modesto) was canceled due to poor air quality. The Lancers are scheduled to visit Oak Grove at 7 p.m. Friday.