No Celebration for a Tie

I suppose when you have been a successful football team for such a long time, it is sometimes hard to accept that maybe this is not the case for this year. We tied Salinas Friday night 14-14 and although we had a short missed field goal attempt to pull out a win with 25 seconds to go, we were out played and out coached most of the night.

All of their scoring came off of mistakes by our team. We made too many mistakes both mental and physical to win this game. This doesn’t mean we are giving up on this team. On the contrary, I still believe we can be a good team, but time is running out. Friday night Salinas was ecstatic about a tie. Our team was crushed because we did not win. Our expectations are very high and very tough on the players, but I believe that is a good thing.

This Friday night we will give it another try as we host Milpitas. It is a battle of two defending CCS champions, and I hope our boys execute all phases of the game much better. As John Mackay a legendary coach at USC once said when asked how he felt about his teams execution: “ I am in favor of it”, but for the Cats we just look forward to better and better execution on the field.

Thanks for all the support, Coach Cattolico

No Joy in Mudville, or at St. Francis

It is always hard to write about losing. This group of players really have pushed themselves to their limits. We are a team without any D1 scholarship players, so everyone must all play up to thier potential to beat a team like St. Francis . Unfortunatley, as a team we failed to do that last week. When the game was about 11 on 11 we played even, but when it came down to a 1 on 1 situation, St. Francis was able to win those battles, and that was the difference in the game.

We had very similar statistics for the game. The difference was that they made the big plays and we did not. The team took it very hard, and the bus ride home was one of the longest and quietest I have ever been involved in as a coach. Now we need to get their confidence back and move on as we play a very good Salinas team next week, and start league play a week later.

This was an extremely tough loss, but we will get passed it through hard work and the understanding that we all need to put in our maximum effort. “There is no joy in Mudville, mighty Casey has struck out. Hopefully joy and winning will return next Friday at home as we face Salinas.

Coach Cattolico

 

First Home Game, New Scoreboard

Friday is a big game for the Wildcats and their fans. It is the first home game of the year, thank God. It is also the dedication of the new scoreboard. After Coach Wedemeyer’s passing in June, the school decided to put up a new scoreboard for football with his name on it. Mrs. Wedemeyer will be there and a special ceremony will take place.

The Cats are coming off their first lost of the season but after yesterdays practice there is great hope for this team. So if you only see one game this year this just might be the one to see. Although, all the remaining games should be good ones as the league starts next week. As far as Salinas is concerned, this is a very talented and physical team that shut out Santa Teresa last week 14-0. They are playing really well and have a very good running game to compliment a very strong defense.

This is the last non-league game for the Cats and they need to show that we are prepared to open in the De Anza with the first three games being Milpitas, Wilcox and Palo Alto. So get on down to Helm field and see the new version of the Los Gatos Wildcats Friday night and see the new scoreboard dedication to long time football coach Charlie Wedemeyer.
Coach Cattolico

After Sluggish Start, Cats Finish Strong

Well, we finally start the 2010 football season and the Wildcats took almost a half to get warmed up. Despite some sloppy play in the early going, our offense managed to go 78 yards in five plays to take a 7 to 3 lead with 1:30 left in the first half. Then came the big break when Blair Gardner shot through the Menlo line and hit their halfback just as he was about to throw a pass. The ball popped out and floated to Taig McNulty who ran it in to the endzone from 11 yards out.

Suddenly, in a span of 19 seconds, the team went from a sloppy first half, down 3-0 to a 14-3 lead. That was the spark that had the Cats playing much better football as they added 21 points while the defesne was giving Menlo nothing. The final core was Los Gatos 35, Menlo Atherton 3.

The Cats defense was outstanding all day holding MA to just 140 yards total offense, while the offense was racking up 363 of its own. Garret Zeiter and Andy Heimer led the way rushing with 151 and 91 yards on the day. Zeiter added a 34 yard K.O. return while Heimer had a 50 yard punt return.

Hayden Hibberd threw a 50 yard pass to Tyler Olivet for the Cat’s first score. Also running with the ball well were Jon Impey, Olivet, Andrew Tjon, Ben Hopner, Teddy Enfantino and Max Herman. Dionte Cook, Heimer and Luke Hollander also caught passes, but the passing game needs a lot of improvement.

The Defense performed well led by Blair Gardner and Shane Smith who each recorded 10 tackles. Taig McNulty had 8 tackles and an interception. Teddy Enfantino had two sacks and Sean Niemann, Max Friday, Andrew Tjon, Landon Cramer, Max Friday, Tyler Perkins and Garret Zeiter all had multiple tackles. Andy Heimer added an interception and Preston Rind had a sack.

The Cats look forward to another tough test this Friday as they travel to play the St. Francis Lancers.

Thanks for all the support. 

Coach Cattolico

 

Cats Looked Good in Scrimmage

Los Gatos played against San Mateo Friday night in an 82 play scrimmage, 41 offensive, and 41 defensive. The Cats had a very good night. We scored six touchdowns and made five PAT’s out of five attempts We did not attempt a kick after the defensive TD and gave up only 1 TD and PAT.

The team ran the ball 25 times and passed 16 times, gaining 329 yards on the ground and 144 in the air completing 11 of the 16 passes. Top runners where Andy Heimer and Garret Zeiter, while Jon Impey, Teddy Enfantino, Max Herman, Ben Hopner, Andrew Tjon and Rapheal Shin all contributed good yardage. Hayden Hibberd was 7 of 10 for 100 yards and Bryan Rose was 4 of 5 for 44 more.

Tjon, Zeiter, and Luke Hollander all had two catches, while Dionte Cook, Jake Bevans, Max Friday, Alex Nemirov and Preston Rind all had receptions. On defense, Shane Smith had a 70 yd. interception for a TD, and played well, but the leading tacklers were Blair Gardner with 8 and Preston Rind with 7. Alex Nemirov had 5 tackles and many other players contributed. The starting line played extremely well with Gardner, Taig McNulty, Ryan Bertrand, Chuck Sullivan and Rind all having a strong showing. Everyone played and the Cats got valuable experience at the varsity level in preparation for the opening game this Saturday at Menlo-Atherton High School.

What I will say to sum up this scrimmage is the team showed that they played better than the coaches believed they could, but not quite as well as the players thought they would. Saturday afternoon we are off to Menlo Atherton for day time football. We are looking forward to getting off to a good start to the season, and we hope you all can attend. Menlo-Atherton has a new coach, a new attitude, and should be a force to recon with in the Bay League. They have a game under their belts and they looked very good against a top ranked Wilcox team despite the loss. This game should be interesting. The Frosh-Soph will play at 11 am and the Varsity game is set for 2.

Thanks for all the support. Coach Cattolico