Big Homecoming for Cats

Friday night was a big homecoming game for the Wildcats, as they suited up against rival Saratoga. It turned out to be a big night for the passing game as Nick Hirschman threw for 413 yds. and 5 tds. in just over two quarters as the Cats beat Saratoga for the 22nd straight time, 47-0. Andrew Berg set a record with 247 yds. and 4 touchdowns, including consecutive plays of 70 and 69 yards. Jake Hackman-Salazar had 166 yds.with 5 catches and a TD.

Hayden Hibberd threw a TD pass, in relief of Hirschman, to Dionte Cook for the final scoring of the night. The Cats defense played equally as well, recording their second shut out in league play. Joey Vizussi had a monster night with 18 tackles, and Alec Gletzer added 14 of his own. Charlie Zweng recovered two fumbles, and Luke Hollander also had a fumble recovery. Jon Impey kicked 5 of 7 extra points and one he supposedly missed actually cleared the uprights but the ref missed it.

It was a successful homecoming for the Cats as they prepare to take their show on the road for a big game with the Vikings next Friday night in Palo Alto. The season is winding down, but with league games left against Palo Alto, Wilcox, and Milpitas the season really is at the crux right now.

Thanks for all the support throughout the year. Butch


Seems Like Old Times, LG visits PA

It seems lately, that every time Los Gatos and Palo Alto play there is a championship at stake. So the Wildcats will square off with the Vikings once again Friday night at Palo Alto, and the winner will be in the driver’s seat for the league title in the tough De Anza League.

Los Gatos sits at 3-0 while Palo Alto is 2-0-1. With both Milpitas and Wilcox each with one loss and playing each other this weekend, the winner of the Los Gatos-Palo Alto game will be sitting in a very nice position. Palo Alto has a very talented offense with three very talented receivers in Maurice Williams #3, Davante Adams #10,  and Joc Pederson #6. Although they lost quarterback Christof Bono, T. J. Braff #17 seems to be filling in quite nicely as he did last Friday night in a big win over Milpitas.

Their defense is very solid and they are well coached by long time head coach Earl Hansen. Their big win over Milpitas was a high point for Palo Alto this season, but a tie with Homestead is almost certainly their low. The Wildcats beat Homestead 49-14. Two outstanding teams which met for the CCS Medium School division championship last year, and split their two meetings last season will play for first place in the league with only two weeks remaining after Friday night. It looks to be another great match up between two former DeAnza league Champions

Reserves Shine as Cats Rollover Winless Lynbrook

It was a night for our reserves to shine and the Wildcats rolled over winless Lynbrook 54-10. The Cats first team got things started in the first quarter as QB Nick Hirschman hit receivers Andrew Berg, Sam Bowers and Jake Hackman-Salazar for TD’s. Running back Andy Heimer ran one in for a score as well. Heyden Hibberd and the second team running backs took over and Cory McDowell scored from 30 yards out. Hirschman and the starters returned as Heimer took another one in to make it 40-3 in just a little over one quarter.

The second team took the reigns again and added 2 more touchdowns before the half. The first on a pass from Hibberd to Andrew Tjon, and a second on a 55 yard run by Cole Cusella. The score at the half was Los Gatos 54, Lynbrook 3.

The second half was a much more evenly matched as the second, third, and fourth stringers battled Lynbrook’s starters. Lynbrook scored once more in the fourth quarter to make the final score 54-10.

Several Wildcats got to carry the ball including Pat Sgarlata, Jon Impey, Bevan Waite, Dylan Johns, Trevor William, Hibberd, and Nick Lamson. Even more Cats were in on tackles as Nick Martino led the way with seven, all total there were thirty one players in on tackles. Other highhlights on defense were a recovered a fumble by Joey Vizussi, an interception by Jake Hackman-Salazar, and three sacks of the quarterback by Mike Sporck, Suhkraj Sohal, and Cole Cusella. Jon Impey kicked off 9 times and did a great job, he also converted 6 of 8 pats.

Next week will be homecoming against the Saratoga Falcons.


No Distractions at Homecoming

The fact that Friday night will be Homecoming Against arch rival Saratoga makes this a big week for the Cats. Although Saratoga has struggled the last couple of weeks, they know this is their last chance to make the playoffs, and that is even more incentive to play the game of their lives.
Both teams remember last years game when Saratoga played so well and still lost. As for the Cats this is a crucial game that was sandwiched between three easy contests and three very tough games ahead.
It is important that we stay focused and not get too caught up in the homecoming festivities, because Saratoga has some outstanding players. Running backs #22 Grant Thomas, #2 Troy Doles, #32 Jian Lee, #5 Marcus Hoffman and #7 Greg Johnson are all excellent. Both QB’s have special talents, #11 Vinne Carstens is a very good passer and field general, while #8 Kevin Smith runs the options very well.
Their defense put a lot of pressure on the offensive line and last year, and the Cats did not handle it very well. In the end, it will come down to two schools from the same district, playing for school pride and bragging rights. No one needs to remind either school that the last time Saratoga beat Los Gatos was 1987, and the last time they won a regular season game was 1981, well before any of these players were even born.
For the Los Gatos seniors it is a chance to preserve the right to say that they have never lost to Saratoga, something that many seniors have said to them in the past. Come out and see the fun, Friday night at Helm Field.

Heimer, Bowers Have a Great Night

Friday night Los Gatos visited Fremont High School to play against Homestead High School. The game turned early on two big plays, and the Cats had it locked away by halftime. Los Gatos was forced to punt on our first possession and Homestead fumbled and it was recovered by Taig McNulty. Two plays later Andy Heimer scored his first of 4 touchdowns, and the Cats led 7-0.

After a short Homestead drive they had to punt and the ball rolled dead on the Los Gatos 2 yd. line. Nick HIrschman broke loose with an 82 yd. run, and Heimer followed up with his second score. and it was 14-0. The dam was broke and it was 35-0 by the end of the first half and the final was 49-14.

Los Gatos now stands a top the De Anza Division with a 2-0 record. Andy Heimer had a big night with 4 touchdowns. and 7 PAT’s. Sam Bowers had the best game of his life with 4 catches for 133 yds. and a punt return for 55 yard touchdown. Nick Hirschman was 13-20 for 231 yds and 2 TD’s. The defense was once again led by Alec Gletzer who had great support from Joey Vizzusi , Mike Sporck and Jake Hackman-Salazar. The Cats play Lynbrook on Saturday night in a cross divisional match up at Cupertino High School.

Hope you can attend, and
thanks for the support.

Coach Cattolico

P.S. The F/S team had a great win Friday night breaking Homestead’s F/S team 28 game win streak with a thrilling 42-35 win.  Garret Zeiter had a fabulous game and the entire team and all their coaches should be congratulated.

Reserves Will Get a Lot of Playing Time

Lynbrook will be a tough team to prepare for this week. This is the week before the Los Gatos homecoming and a game with our cross town rival Saratoga Falcons. The Vikings come in with an 0-5 record, and they lost to Monta Vista last week 33 – 7, and handled Monta Vista pretty well, so the coaches objective will be to get a look at those players that are not be starting but will be needed when they do play in the games remaining on our schedule.

Lynbrook runs a wide open offense with many different formations, some which take me back to the old days. If you have never seen the Notre Dame Box formation, you will see Lynbrook’s variation of it on Saturday night. Their quarterback Billy Zamagni #2 is an excellent athlete and James Liaw #5 is a tough runner.  Geran Pele #8 is a very good linebacker and tough fullback so they can offer us some challenges.

They have a small squad with a lot of players playing both ways, so our plan will be to wear them down a little. A muddy week of practice and the chance that we might be  looking ahead to Saratoga worry this coach a little. This game will be a rare Saturday night match at Cupertino High School, so come out and see us play the Lynbrook Vikings if you have a chance.

Could Be a Tougher Game Than Expected

Looking at this game week ago, it appeared to be an easy win. Homestead didn’t have a win, and it looked as if they wouldn’t pose much of a threat when we play them. What a difference a week makes. As the Cats prepare for Homestead they are well aware that last week, Homestead defeated a very strong Wilcox team 17-7.
Although the Mustangs have not been scoring a lot of points they have been giving up very little with their stingy defense. Inside linebacker #5 John Batnich is a real force on the defense as are Ryan Blodgett #59, and tackle Naveh Assaf #58. Shane Bond a linebacker #51 and defensive end Marcus Boucher #47 are also extremely strong.
On the offensive their fullback Brian Rogers #30 is an outstanding runner and Shaquille Green #7 is very quick, and throws the ball well from the QB position. It will be a game matching two team at 1-0 in league for a chance to stay undefeated in the standings.
The Cats will be visiting Fremont High School where kickoff will be at 7:30 Friday night.  This should be a tougher game than many originally thought.

Mountain View No Longer Undefeated

Mountain View came in to this game with a record of 3-0 on the year, and averaging close to 40 points a game. They left Helm Field Friday night with a 3-1 record, while scoring no points. The Cats scored 56 unanswered points and it was another great night for Andrew Berg who again scored 4 touchdowns. He ran one in, had an interception return and two passes for touchdowns. Nick Hirschman had another good night despite a tough pass rush from the Spartans. He threw for 211 yds. and three TD’s. all in the first half. Sam Bowers caught two passes on the night and one was for a TD. Alex Gletzer caught 3 passes and Jake Hackman-Salazar caught one. Both Hackman-Salazar and Gletzer had outstanding games on both sides of the ball, both in tackles and blocking.

The running game came on strong as Cole Cusella led the way with 91 yds. and a touchdown, while Cory McDowell and Andy Heimer each had over 60 yds rushing, and TD each. The offense had a good night and Andy Heimer was 8 for 8 kicking PAT’s.

On the defensive side, the Cats got their first shutout of the season as linebackers Alec Gletzer, Joey Vizussi, Nick Martino, Shane Smith, Mike Sporck, and Charlie Zweng all played well and were in on numerous tackles. Glezter and Vizussi seem to be around the ball carrier on every play. Also playing well were Suhkraj Sohal, Cam Hashemi, Erik Easkland, Taig McNulty, Dylan Johns, Nick Lamson, Sam Bowers, Andrew Tjon, Harrison Tinsley and Andy Heimer.

The Cats travel to Fremont High School to play Homestead a team which opened league play by beating a very strong Wilcox team, so the cats have another challenge awaiting them this week.

Thanks for all the support,
Coach Cattolico