The Highly Ranked Compete

Friday night we open at the new stadium against a tough Mitty team. Mitty is ranked very high by numerous polls, but so are the Cats. Mitty has the speed advantage, and although player size is fairly close, they have a couple of players bigger than anyone on our team. Mitty will run a version of the old Wing “T offense” with a lot of traps and options using their dangerous speed to the outside. They will pass when they have to but probably not as well as we can. The real battle will be fought in the trenches, as it usually is, and we must be able to beat them off the ball. We will have to work harder to get the ball down the field, as we do not have that breakaway speed that Mitty has. Another key to this game is our secondary, they will need to tackle well to stop the big play. It should be a really good high school football game, so I hope you can make it out to to see the new version of the 2012 Cats, and the refurbished version of Helm Field. Thanks for all the support and I look forward to seeing how good we can be with an initial test against one of the top teams.

Coach Cattolico

First Test of 2012

The Wildcats opened the competitive season with a scrimmage vs. San Mateo High School.  The first teamers each ran 15 plays of offense and 15 of defense, then the second and third teams ran 15 and 15 as well and finally the starters returned for 10 more on either side of the ball.
The Cats score five times while holding San Mateo to no scores.  The starters scored four times while the reserves added one more score.  Leading the way for Los Gatos were seniors Max Herman and Matt Etterman each carrying the ball 4 times for 32 yards while Will Le added 19 yards in 3 carries.  Junior Quarterback Nick Bawden was 6 of ten for 135 yards and 2 tds.  Kyle Kevorkian led the way with 3 catches for 73 yards, while Logan Chapman had 2 catches for 32 and Cameron Perry added a td catch for 28 yards.
Sophomore Joey Wood had the run of the night with the reserves going 65 yards for a td and Junior Johnny Breidenthal had 5 carries for 33 yds.  CJ Butcher had a run for 33 yds, Brent McCoy had a 15 yard gallop and Cameron Ackerman added an 18 yard run.  All together the Cats ran for 283 yards.  Senior Greg Schwager was 2 for 4 for 15 yards with James Sena and Breidenthal receiving his passes.  
Up front strong performances were put in by Nico Aimonetti, Kevin Tjon, Dave Fishman, Ricky Turnwall, Alex Randolph, Brendan Williams and Zack Wiley.  TE Teva Brender and Fullback Tyler Perkins also blocked well.
On defense Perkins had an interception and led the way with help from Herman, Le, Aimonetti, Turnwall, Chris Gonzalez, Tjon, Williams, Bailey McNally, McCoy, Kevorkian, Sena, Brender, Wiley, Yenlin Lee, Ty Doughty, Myles Morrison, Wood, Cody Marshall, and Ackerman.  
The Cats got a lot of experience and improved throughout the night but a much stiffer challenge is expected this Friday night vs a very highly ranked and talented Mitty team.

A big thank you goes out to Allen Rudolph who ran the scoreboard and kept track of the number of plays which always seems to be a mystery during scrimmages.

More about Mitty later in the week.  

Coach Cattolico

Los Gatos Wildcat Football Inter-Squad Scrimmage

The Cats ran several scrimmages Saturday including:
1. First offense vs. Best possible defense.
2. Reserve scrimmage where most of the starters sat out.
3. First defense vs. Best possible offense.
4. Black team vs. white team where the team was split up as evenly as possible.

This led to some interesting play including mismatches, as well as starters going against other starters, and a chance to see which players were the best reserves on the team.

With so many players playing in so many different situations, the stats can be very misleading, but the film tells the real tale of who played well and who did not.

The first offense looked very good vs. the defense that was out there.
The first defense looked outstanding vs. the offense it played against.
The reserve scrimmage was probably the most interesting as several players stood out and deserve a chance to get more looks.
The black vs. white was interesting only in its mismatches as the coaches realized some players, especially our seniors are way ahead of many of our younger players.  
Players that looked good were QB Nick Bawden who played with the first offense and against the first defense going 13-20 for 198 and two touchdowns.
Tyler Perkins looked very good on defense as did fellow linebackers Max Herman, Kevin Tjon, Brendan Williams, Teva Brender, Jack Tittle and Will Le.
Running backs Herman, Le and Etterman looked very good and Johnny Breidenthall and Joey Wood showed flashes of potential. Wood had a long run and a big catch, while Breidenthall continually gained extra yards after contact and had the only rushing touchdown.
Kyle Kevorkian had big catches and Cameron Perry led the team in the number of receptions. Teva Brender looked good at tight end, while James Sena had an excellent day receiving the ball and Herman and Le looked good catching the football.  The Cats had twelve different receivers catch the ball. 
QB’s Greg Schwager and Trent Bowling also threw the ball quite well.  
On the line, Nico Aimonetti, Ricky Turnwall, Alex Randolph, Brendan Williams and Kevin Tjon all had good plays.  
Brent McCoy was outstanding at strong safety and other secondary standouts included Kyle Kevorkian, Ty Doughty, Cameron Ackerman and Yenlin Lee.  
On the dark side the Cats had three fumbles and one interception, four dropped passes on the day and a couple of QB sacks.  
Next Friday the team will get a chance to see what they can do together when they scrimmage San Mateo at 7:00 at newly remodeled Helm stadium.  
This will be the last tune up before a brutal pre-league schedule vs. Mitty, Menlo-Atherton and Oak Grove. 
On the whole the Camp was a major success with great food, great community and parent support and a great week of football. As school starts on Monday the Cats are ready for the football season to begin.  

Coach Cattolico