Los Gatos defeats Aragon in the CCS Div II semifinals

Friday night was probably the toughest loss I have ever had in close to 40 years of coaching. It was really hard on the team as well as the coaches. Although we did not play as well as we have in prior games this season, we battled and scrapped for all four quarters. Behind most of the game, we found ourselves with just over two minutes to play. The Cats trailed 35-30, but had the ball inside the one yard line with only second down.

The boys would have had three chances to make success of one foot. However, we fumbled the exchange and never got the chance. We ended up losing 35-30 and stacked against the records of other teams in the league, we fell out of first place. It has been a very tough seven week stretch this season. We have played six of seven games against some very good teams. Four of the last six games have come down to the last two minutes of the game. We are beat up, and down, but not out. Now the coaches must find a way to get the boys back up.

We will remind the team that what one plays for- is the love of the game. A chance to play football is only extended to a very few. We have three games left, and hopefully three more playoff games after that. We are dedicated to winning all six, and hopefully this will ease the pain of losing a football game -that we could have won. I know many will disagree with me,but losing truly teaches you only one thing; that you never want to feel like that again. This Friday, we host Los Altos. It is also homecoming. Hope you will come out and support the team.

Thanks for the support, Coach Cattolico

Cats, Mustangs run into each other in CCS finals

The Los Gatos Wildcats go up against the Mustangs of Pioneer for the Division II Championship Title
Saturday December 3,  at 7:00 PM at Westmont High School field, Campbell, CA
 
The following is re post from an article by Dick Sparrer that appeared in The Los Gatos Weekly Times, Tuesday November 29, 2011–
 
The Los Gatos and Pioneer football teams will each be making a run for the Central Coast Section Division II championship this weekend–literally.
The Wildcats and Mustangs will match their potent running games against each other when they play for the D-II title on Dec. 3, 7 p.m., at Westmont High School. Los Gatos entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the division with Pioneer No. 2.

“We’re going to have to find a way to stop their running game,” said Pioneer head coach Eric Perry just moments after his Mustangs defeated South San Francisco 28-7 to earn their place in the title game.
Leading that Gatos running attack is talented tailback Garret Zeiter, who raced for 202 yards on 17 carries in last Friday’s 39-6 win over Aragon. He enters the game with 2,409 yards rushing this fall.

“It will be run against run,” added Los Gatos head coach Butch Cattolico. “We’re not looking for anything easy.”
Pioneer certainly won’t make anything easy for the Cats. The Mustangs have a cast of talented backs who have combined for nearly 3,000 yards rushing, with Dominic Barnes topping the list. Barnes had 879 yards for Pioneer this season, and is joined by Russell Neeley (761 yards), Sean Nelson (483), Tyler Compani (188), Ethan Stanton 262), Curtis Tanquary (386) and Ronald Gezzi as Mustangs will figure to get their share of carries on Saturday night.

Pioneer, a 25-0 winner over El Camino in the first round of the playoffs, will take a 9-3 season record into the game as the Mustangs make their 17th trip to the Central Coast Section playoffs and their second appearance in a championship game. The Mustangs reached the finals in 2001, losing in the D-IV title game 17-0 to Pacific Grove.

Los Gatos, meanwhile, is going to the playoffs for the 32nd time and the Cats have won 13 titles. Gatos crushed Leigh 62-14 in the first round of the playoffs and is 10-1-1 heading into the championship game.
 

The Cats and Mustangs are no strangers to one another in post-season play. The two clubs have met up twice in the CCS playoffs and Los Gatos has won both times–19-0 in 2006 and 24-20 in 2008.
Gatos makes its 16th appearance in a CCS championship game. One of the 13 titles for the Cats was a tie against St. Francis, and they’ve lost only three times in section finales.

Teams Los Gatos has played for championships features a cast of the finest programs in the section, including three appearances each against St. Francis and Wilcox and two against Palo Alto. Six times the Wildcats have gone up against teams from the West Catholic Athletic League in title games.
 
Dick Sparrer is editor of the Los Gatos Weekly
 
 

Fourth-seeded Aragon has a history with Los Gatos, and it’s not a pretty one

The Los Gatos Wildcats host Aragon Friday November 25th at 7:00 PM at Helm Field, Los Gatos High School in the CCS semifinal round
 
The following is excerpted from High School Notebook, a weekly blog by Mercury News writer Alex Pavlovic.
 
The success is far more spread out in Division II, where No. 1 Los Gatos and No. 2 Pioneer host a pair of teams from San Mateo County. Fourth-seeded Aragon has a history with Los Gatos, and it’s not a pretty one. From 2004 to 2008 Aragon and Los Gatos played at least once every year, with Los Gatos going 6-0 and winning by an average of 26 points. In 2004 they played twice; Aragon rebounded from a 41-14 loss in the season opener to win 10 in a row, including a 27-21 win over a Serra team with Jeremiah Masoli at quarterback in the first round of CCS, only to lose for a second time to Los Gatos, 21-7 in the CCS semifinals.

The Wildcats are as powerful as ever and had little trouble with Leigh in the first round. Garret Zeiter rushed for 147 yards and five touchdowns in 12 first-half carries as Los Gatos cruised to a 62-14 win.
The other side of the bracket features a second consecutive matchup between South San Francisco and a member of the Mount Hamilton Division. The No. 3 Warriors are coming off a 31-23 first-round win over Willow Glen and play at Pioneer on Friday at 7 p.m.
 
 
Alex Pavlovic covers high school sports for the  Mercury News
 
 

The Widcats are ready for round I of the CCS playoffs at home vs Leigh Friday at 7:00 PM

This Friday night at Helm Field, Home of the Wildcats, Los Gatos renews it’s old rivalry with Leigh High School.
Both teams qualified for the CCS playoffs and both wound up in division II. It should be good high school football with a backyard flavor as two town teams -who know each other quite well- open up the first round of playoffs. The Cats are looking forward to playing against their Longhorn neighbors.  Leigh has a very explosive offense, utilizing a spread attack with a very talented quarterback and some speedy receivers.

Los Gatos will counter with their running game and hope to continue to improve their passing game following last week’s strong showing.
A strong Cat’s defense hopes to contain Leigh’s quarterback and stop the Longhorn’s bid for an upset. The last time these two teams met in a playoff game. Los Gatos held off Leigh at Foothill College in semifinal game by a score of 20-13.
The game time starts right at 7:00 PM as there is no frosh/soph game beforehand.

Hope you can come out and support the boys in their effort to work toward a win, the promise of a Thanksgiving weekend home game at Helm Field, and a first step toward a possible CCS title. 
 
Thanks for all the support over the season,
Coach Cattolico

Last Thursday night seems like a long time ago

Friday night was probably the toughest loss I have ever had in close to 40 years of coaching. It was really hard on the team as well as the coaches. Although we did not play as well as we have in prior games this season, we battled and scrapped for all four quarters. Behind most of the game, we found ourselves with just over two minutes to play. The Cats trailed 35-30, but had the ball inside the one yard line with only second down.

The boys would have had three chances to make success of one foot. However, we fumbled the exchange and never got the chance. We ended up losing 35-30 and stacked against the records of other teams in the league, we fell out of first place. It has been a very tough seven week stretch this season. We have played six of seven games against some very good teams. Four of the last six games have come down to the last two minutes of the game.

We are beat up, and down, but not out. Now the coaches must find a way to get the boys back up. We will remind the team that what one plays for- is the love of the game. A chance to play football is only extended to a very few. We have three games left, and hopefully three more playoff games after that.

We are dedicated to winning all six, and hopefully this will ease the pain of losing a football game -that we could have won. I know many will disagree with me,but losing truly teaches you only one thing; that you never want to feel like that again. This Friday, we host Los Altos. It is also homecoming. Hope you will come out and support the team.

Thanks for the support, Coach Cattolico

The Cats have a lot to play for Thursday night against the Homestead Mustangs

Big game Thursday night vs. Homestead Mustangs at Homestead. The Cats will travel to Homestead’s field for the final regular scheduled game of the season Thursday night, since Friday is a school holiday.

The Cats will play a Homestead team that is fresh off a last week’s big win over Milpitas. Homestead has one of the best running games in the league, so expect to see a contest of two teams that have a very similar approach to the game. Call it ‘grind it out tough football’.

This contest is also significant in that it will have a big effect on both the league and playoff pictures.
Los Gatos currently stands one-half game behind Palo Alto and one-half game ahead of Homestead in league standings.
The Los Gatos team has a lot to play for. A win Thursday, coupled with either a loss or tie by Palo Alto would give the Cats the league title.

The Mustangs could also get a share of the title if they won, and Palo Alto lost. To add to the mix, it could also mean a number 1 seed in the playoffs, or even a trip to the open division if the Cats win. Coming off a big emotional win last week over rival Saratoga, the team is ready to start a big push toward the CCS playoffs.

Our boys would like that push to be ignited by a big win over a very good Homestead football team.
Hope you can make it out to the game before you start your three day weekend. It promises to be a very exciting high school football game.
  
Thanks for all the support over the season,
Coach Cattolico

Friday night the Wildcats renew our district rivalry with Saratoga High School.

Friday night the Wildcats renew our district rivalry with Saratoga High School. This year is obviously a big game for us, as we have to win this game  and the final game against Homestead.

The game had lost a lot of importance over the last decade, as over the years the Cats have dominated the games. So, over time, I think our boys lost focus as to how significant a game it truly is for our school and community.
Last year put a stop to that. We learned what it was like to be on the losing end of a rivalry game.

This year the team is determined to reassert our dominance. The records mean nothing in a game like this. Saratoga put a great game together vs. Milpitas last week and are looking for a repeat of last year.
The Cats seem very focused and ready to start a new streak.

Friday will be Senior Night and is the last scheduled home game for the boys along with what we hope will be a great crowd. This is what big game rivalry should be about. Two schools playing for the pride of their teams, respective schools and community. Hope you can come out and support the Cats in their continuing goal to reestablish themselves.
 
 Thanks for all the support over the year,
Coach Cattolico

Every running back carried the ball, every quarterback completed a pass

Logan Chapman kicked a field goal with 20 seconds left in the game for the win and sole possession of first place in the very tough De Anza League. Nothing but bad luck early in the game for the Cats as Palo Alto got the ball deep in Los Gatos territory twice, once after an interception and another after a fumble. Fortunately, the defense did a tremendous job limiting the Vikings to a total of seven points for both possessions. The offense finally got untracked with a 45 yd. touch-down run by Garret Zeiter and the score was tied at 7.

Then the Cats drove the ball all the way to the ten yard line before another fumble ended a scoring opportunity. In the second half things started to go our way, with big runs from Shane Smith and Zeiter putting Los Gatos ahead 14-7. Palo Alto fought back in the fourth quarter and tied the game at 14. Then the Cats caught the biggest break of the game. Forced to punt with just over a minute to play, Palo Alto ran into punter Kevin Tjon resulting in a first down for the Cats.

QB Bryan Rose hit Jake Bevins behind the Viking secondary and the Cats where in business inside the Palo Alto 20 yard line. Three run plays by Zeiter ran the clock down to 20 seconds. From 23 yards out, Kevin Tjon snapped the ball to Bryan Rose who put it on the tee for Logan Chapman who kicked the game winner. It was a thrilling win for the team, and hopefully one that they will not soon forget. Many players contributed to the win that was truly a great team effort. Let’s all hope the boys keep things in perspective, and focus on the game with Milpitas, as this will be a very tough game. Things never seem to get easier, but winning a big game makes everyone feel a whole lot better about where we’re headed.

Thanks for the support, Coach Cattolico