Familiar Opponent in CCS Final

Los Gatos will play Wilcox Saturday night at Westmont High School in the CCS Division II finals. For the Cats, this is the 8th CCS final in 10 years, covering 2000 through 2009. The other two years the Cats lost in the semi-final game. Los Gatos has a CCS playoff record 22-4-1, 4 CCS titles and shared a fifth with a tie, since 2000.

Wilcox has also had a pretty good run and are in the finals for the second straight year. The are led by the leading rusher in the CCS #33 Anthony Herrera. This is the second consecutive year that Los Gatos has played a league opponent in the finals, which speaks very highly of the competitiveness of the De Anza League.

Three teams from the DeAnza league are playing in CCS finals this weekend. With five titles this decade, Los Gatos has already set a school record, with a win Saturday, we would set a new record of six CCS titles in this decade. Come out and see a great game Saturday night and thanks for all the support.

On a more somber note, tomorrow will be the anniversary of Mike Halpin’s passing. We send our deepest sympathy to his family at this tough time, but we rejoice in our memories of this wonderful young man. Mike remains in our thoughts everyday.

Great Match-up for CCS Final

You couldn’t ask for a more evenly matched game this Saturday at Westmont High School for the CCS Division II championship. The Chargers come in at 8 – 3 – 1 and have scored a total of 95 points in their two CCS playoff games. Earlier this year in league play, Wilcox beat Milpitas 49 – 26 and played the DeAnza league champion Palo Alto to a 14 – 14 tie. The low point of their season was a loss to Homestead, a game that they surely should have won.

Los Gatos came into this season with one of the best passing games in the CCS and hopes of another De Anza league title. Losses to Palo Alto 34 – 12, and Milpitas 20 – 19, took away any chance of regaining the De Anza crown. The Cats come in at 9 – 3, and beat Wilcox in league play 26 – 14. Los Gatos has outscored their opponents 93 – 6 in their two CCS playoff games.

Is the De Anza league strong? Well how about three teams in the CCS finals? Milpitas will face San Benito in the Division I final this weekend. Both Wilcox and Los Gatos cruised through their first two playoff games, but that probably won’t be the case Saturday night. Wilcox will use their ground attack and try to control the ball while keeping Hirschman and his aerial show on the sidelines. Anthony Herrera #33, had some long gains in their last meeting, and you can count on him getting plenty of work. Alec Gletzer and the Cats defense will need keep Herrera in check for the Cats to be successful.

The Cats will undoubtedly come out throwing the ball with Nick Hirschman hitting all of his targets in the form of Andrew Berg, Sam Bowers, and Jake Hackman-Salazar. Wilcox was able to get pressure on Hirschman in the the first half of their loss to the Cats, and they will need to accomplish that again if they plan on stopping the Los Gatos offense.

It should be a great game, and it just might come down to a turnover or mistake, as these big games usually do. In any case, it will be fun to watch.

Last Game at Helm Field for Los Gatos Seniors

Friday night at Helm Field was the very last home game for our seniors. The Wildcats opened the CCS playoffs with 48-0 victory over Westmont High School. The Cats started off a little slow but a Hirschman to Berg touchdown pass got things rolling. Joey Vizzusi, made a great play intercepting a Westmont pass and returning it for a TD.

The Cats then added 28 points in the second quarter to take a 41-0 lead at the half to put the game away early. Sophomore running back Garrett Zeiter rushed for 88 yds. and scored 3 TDs. in 19 carries in one half, and Nick Hirschman was 9 of 12 for 184 yds, and two TDs.

Andrew Berg had a touchdown catch and 90 yds. in receptions. Jake Hackman-Salazar had a TD and 80 yds. in receptions. Alec Gletzer and Zeiter also caught passes as did Dionte Cook from Hayden Hibberd. Andy Heimer returned as the kicker and hit on 6 of 7 PAT On defense it was truly a team effort as Joey Vizzusi and Alec Gletzer led the way with 8 tackles each, but the Cats had an outstanding group of defensive players including Mike Sporck, Suhkrah Sohal, Charlie Zweng, Andy Aguiar, Shane Smith, Andrew Tjon, Nick Martino, Nick Lamson, Harrsion Tinsley and Landon Cramer. Cory McDowell had a big run and scored a TD, while Bevan Waite also had a long run.

Sam Bowers returned to action and is expected to be back at full force this week against Arago The Cats continue the defense of their CCS title when they travel to Westmont this Friday to play Aragon High School at 7pm. So if you are full from your turkey and looking for good high school football, swing on out to Westmont high and see the Cats in the semi-finals of the CCS Division II Championship.

By the way, congratulations to the field hockey team on another CCS title, and as always, thanks for the support Coach Cattolico

No Pre-season; Aragon to Meet Cats in CCS Semi-Finals

For years Aragon and Los Gatos opened the season against each other in non-league play. This year they did not, the two teams waited until the CCS semifinals to renew their rivalry.

Aragon is coming off a 42-7 win over Mt. Pleasant while the Cats reached this game with a 48-0 win over Westmont. Aragon is led by a very talented QB #2 and feature some outstanding skill players in #1 Isaiah Harris at running back, #3 Aaron Edder at wide receiver, #34 Christian Gonzalaes, and #6 A.J. Quimson.

Aragon will play their usual style of rugged defense led by defensive ends Viliami Fukofuka, #54 and #56 Etoni Tonga as well as four outstanding linebackers in #9 Kyle Fung, #22 Conor Doiron, #20 Patrick Moore and #24 Andrew Vanisi.

Both teams are not strangers to the CCS playoffs. The last time they met in the playoffs was in the semi-finals of the open division in 2004.

Look for Aragon to run their wing T offense and the Cats to counter with their strong defense. It should be a classic battle at Westmont High School at 7pm this Friday.

Tough loss to Milpitas, but still No. 1 seed in Division II

It was a tough loss last Friday night for the Cats. The score was 20-19 the difference was two missed PAT’s. The kids played their hearts out, but we made some mistakes on the field and you can not do that when you play a good team like Milpitas.

Jake Hackman-Salazar and Andrew Berg again had great nights catching passes from Nick Hirschman who played well again. Alec Gletzer and Joey Vizzusi laso played well on defense. It was a long bus ride home while we contemplate how the team needs to get healthy and make fewer mistakes as we head into the CCS playoff

We are in Division II and play Westmont on Friday night at Helm Field as the number 1 seed. The Cats look to defend their CCS title in this division which last year was called the medium school division. Westmont is vastly improved over last season and has a tie with league champion Hill to it’s credit.

They have good size and outstanding skill players. Their linebackers #55 Ryan Ramans, #6 Chad Christopher, and #2 Miles Johansen are all very good and Ramans has outstanding size.

At the receiver postion #1 Dominik Arbet, #17 Miah Tia, #3 Billy Brownridge, and #9 Alex Kamara are all very capable, while QB’s #8 Tyler Bishop and #10 Devin Laucher seem to be able to deliver the ball. Chad Christopher is the team’s top rusher and Keshawn Buchanan #5 also has good speed to the outside.

It is a game featuring former WVAL opponents from days of old and should be a good one. Hope you can make it as the Cats open to defend their CCS championship and look to claim the schools 12th CCS title overall and the 6th this decade.

Just a reminder, this is a CCS game and a big crowd is expected. there is no Frosh-Soph game prior, so be here early for a great seat

Coach Cattolico

Outstanding Game On Senior Night

Two outstanding teams in Los Gatos and Wilcox, played Friday night at Helm Field.  It was Senior Night and the Cats came out on top when they put together a great second half both on offense and defense to beat the Chargers 26-14.

The Cats defense all but stopped the Wilcox offense in the second half, and the offense mixed the running of Sr. Cory McDowell (126yds, 1 td) and the passing of Nick Hirschman (16 of 24 for 216 yds.) to secure the win. Andrew Berg had another big night catching 9 passes for 138 yds and 2 tds. as did Jake Hackman-Salazar, who caught 5 passes for 73 yds. and a td. Hackman-Salazar also shared the spotlight on defense with senior linbacker Alec Gletzer, as both contributed 14 tackles on the night. They also teamed to secure the only turnover of the night as Jake stripped the ball and Alec recovered the fumble.

Sophomore Shane Smith, in his first start at defensive end, had a big night with 10 tackles. Also playing well on defense were Suhkjrah Sohal, Taig McNulty, Mike Sporck, Joey Vizzusi, Charlie Zweng and Andy Aguiar. On the offensive line Wes Bolliger, Erik Eastland, Taig McNulty, Preston Rind, Gabe Wilds, and Blair Gardner all played well.

The win left the Cats in second place, one-half game behind Palo Alto with one game left to play. The team also clinched a playoff birth guaranteeing them at least one more game after the season finale next week at Milpitas.

Thanks For all the support and hope you can make it out to Milpitas on Friday night for another big De Anza league game.

Coach Cattolico

Explosive Offenses Meet in Season Finale

[important color=grey title=Game Details][highlight color=orange]Date:[/highlight] Friday, November 6, 2009[highlight color=orange]Opponent:[/highlight] Wilcox Chargers[highlight color=orange]Time:[/highlight] 5:15 Frosh/Soph 7:30 Varsity[highlight color=orange]Field:[/highlight] Helm Field Los Gatos[/important]DIRECTIONS TO MILPITAS HIGH SCHOOL[highlight color=orange]The game time this Friday night in Milpitas has been changed to 7:00pm so Comcast TV can telecast the game.[/highlight]This game will pit two of the most explosive offenses in the CCS, Milpitas and Los Gatos against one another Friday night. The Cats will have their hands full with the Trojans spread offense. Wide Receivers #1 Kwanzaa Striplin, #20 Antonio Douglas, #3 Jordan Lockett and #80 Dela Harlley can all catch and run, while Milpitas has two quarterbacks who can get the ball to them in #10 Cameron Hernandez and #15 Junior Londo
The Trojans also have two outstanding running backs in #2 Ben Pomele and #25 Jon Fullbright. They are also very big up front. On defense the team is lead by big linebacker #56 Maki Musika. Milpitas held the No 1 ranking in CCS for several weeks before tough losses to Palo Alto and Wilcox. Both teams enter the game at 7-2 although Los Gatos is 4-1 in league and Milpitas is 3-2.
Both teams have already qualified for the CCS playoffs, the Wildcats for the 27th year in a row. It should be a great game as always between Milpitas and Los Gatos at 7pm in Milpitas.
Coach Cattolico

Not a Banner Night for Cats

Friday night was not a banner night for Los Gatos Football. One of the hardest tasks as a coach is convincing your team that they can win when their star player is not on the field. Although we believed for a while, a crucial situation came up when we were down 7-6 with about 6 minutes to go in the third quarter. We felt like we could win, and had a third down on the 2 yard line. A TD would give us the lead, but we fumbled the ball and the team stopped believing.

Three plays later Palo Alto scored and we just could not come back. On the other side of the coin, Heyden Hibberd threw the ball well in his first varsiy start, and Jake Hackman-Salazar had an outstanding night as he became a one man wrecking crew for our team. The defense played well despite the score but it is hard to overcome 5 turnovers. Nick Hirschman and Sam Bowers two of the team’s stars and captains did not play. The Cats play Wilcox this Friday night at Helm Field on Senior night. It is the last scheduled home game and should be a very good contest.

The team needs a boost this week as they are still very down after the 34-12 loss. Thanks for all the support and hope to see you at the game Friday night.

Coach Cattolico

Wilcox Comes to Helm

It will be Senior night at Helm Field when the Wildcats take on Wilcox. It should be a great game. The Chargers are led by running back #33 Anthony Herrera and QB #12 Kyle Johnson on offense, and feature Kasi Likio #78 on the line.

Defensively they are led by two outstanding linebackers in #55 Jeremy Souza and #9 Justin Sagote. Each team has one league loss and looks to stay in the chase of front runner Palo Alto. The Cats hope to get some healthy bodies back for this big game.  Start time is 7:30 at Helm Field with Senior night activities preceding the game. Hope you can make it.