Sad News Once Again

Sad news once again.  The Cats played hard against a very talented Milpitas team, but came up short when we could not convert a PAT and a two point conversion in the fourth quarter, final score Milpitas 17 Los Gatos 15.  

It was a devastating loss for the boys, who played their hearts out on senior night and homecoming. Missing two outstanding lineman in Dave Fishman and Ricky Turnwall had us struggling to keep up all game.  A poor decision on the part of this head coach when he went for it on 4th down late in the second quarter rather than kicking a field goal certainly did not help.  

Now the team has its back against the wall with two games left, as we need to find a way to regroup and make the playoffs.  Los Gatos has made the playoffs every year since 1980 but with a 4-4 record it will be a struggle to get in this year, but we shall circle the wagons as they used to say, and see if we can make it. 

This week we face a very talented Santa Clara team who is in the same situation as we find ourselves and need a win to have a chance at making the playoffs. The game time is 7:15 at Santa Clara, so I hope you can make it.  If not, you can always read these very uplifting updates from the coach.  

Thanks for the support,
Coach Cattolico

Trojans deal Wildcats second straight loss

A year ago, the Los Gatos High School football team road the back of Garret Zeiter to the Central Coast Section Division II championship.

This year, the plan was to ride on the back of Max Herman to do the same thing. It’s just not working out that well.

Oh, there’s nothing wrong with Herman’s back–it’s his knee that’s the problem.

Herman, who displayed power and speed on his way to 286 yards and four touchdowns in back-up duty last season, figured to be the heir apparent to the role left open by the graduation of Zeiter, who ran for an impressive 2,715 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2011.

And he displayed that kind of talent in the season opener against powerhouse Archbishop Mitty, running for 91 yards and three TDs in the 28-20 loss to the Monarchs.

A week later, though, everything changed. Herman went down with a knee injury in the early going against Menlo-Atherton, and he was lost to the Cats until Oct. 12 when he returned in a limited role against Mountain View.

While Herman is back fulltime as a linebacker, the knee injury has hampered his abilities as a running back and he’s been limited to duty as a fullback, carrying the ball only six times over the last three games.

"When we lost Max … "

Head coach Butch Cattolico didn’t finish his thought moments after last Friday night’s tough 17-15 loss to Milpitas that left the Wildcats 4-4 for the year and 3-2 in the De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.
His message, though, was clear.

"Right now we’re struggling as a football team," he said. "We’re in jeopardy of not making the playoffs."

"We’ve got to get it together and come back next week," he added.

And next week will be no walk in the park for the Cats. They visit Santa Clara on Nov. 2, 7:15 p.m. The Bruins are 5-3 this year and 2-3 in league after a 36-26 to Wilcox last week.

Of course, the Cats would easily move on to CCS with wins in the final two regular season games. But after visiting Santa Clara, they head to Saratoga on Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., to face the rival Falcons–who most likely will also need a win in that final game to advance to CCS.

So things won’t be easy for the Wildcats over the next two weeks, and nothing came easy for the Cats against the physical Trojans last Friday night. Los Gatos finished the first half with just 39 net yards and only two first downs.

Still, Gatos trailed just 10-0 at intermission and battled back in the second half, nearly tying the game in the fourth quarter.

A 40-yard touchdown pass from Nick Bawden to Kyle Kevorkian cut the Milpitas lead to 17-15 with 5:29 left in the game. Bawden rolled out to his right on the two-point conversion try, but slipped on the wet turf.

The Wildcats would never get the ball back.

"You’ve got to give them credit," said Cattolico of Milpitas. "We got close, and then they got the big run [a 48-yard touchdown run in the final period]."

Los Gatos kept the game close, despite the fact that the Cats were hit hard with injuries. Along with Herman, who remains hampered by the knee, Los Gatos played without starting center Dave Fishman and guard Ricky Turnwall.

Kevin Tjon had to move from guard to center, leaving tackles Nico Aimonetti and Alex Randolph and guard Brendan Williams as the only regulars in the offensive line. Sophomore Jack Jarnigan filled in up front for the Cats.

Despite that, the Wildcats were able to make a game of it.

Down 10-0 at the break, the Cats got on the scoreboard with 4:57 left in the third quarter on a 28-yard field goal by Logan Chapman.

Big defensive stops by Zach Wiley and Aimonetti stopped the Trojans on their next two possessions before the Gatos offense finally kicked into gear.

Bawden went to Kevorkian with a pass for 11 yards, but it followed a run for a loss leaving the Cats facing a fourth-and-one at their own 41. Gatos went for it, though, and sophomore Joey Wood fought for the yard and a key first down.

After Bawden hit Teva Brender for seven yards and Wood ran for two more, Wood turned the right side for a 49-yard touchdown run, breaking three tackles along the way. The extra point attempt failed, though, and the Cats were down 10-9.

Milpitas answered quickly with a 32-yard pass play and the 48-yard TD run to up its lead to 17-9.

The Trojans tried to a short kick to keep the Cats from a long return, but the C.J. Butcher foiled that plan when he grabbed the kick at his own 24 and ran it back 31 yards to the Milpitas 45.

After a 5-yard run by William Le, Bawden made a brilliant throw to Kevorkian, who made the catch between two defenders in the end zone.

The failed two-point try left the Cats down just 17-15, but the Trojans powered for five first downs to move down the field and run the clock, eventually running it out for the win.

Bawden finished the night hitting on 6 of 14 passes for 98 yards, going to Kevorkian three times for 66 yards, Le once for 23, Brender once for seven and Wood once for two.

Wood led the ground attack with 75 yards on 12 tries and Le gained 34 yards on 11 tough carries.

Linebacker Tyler Perkins was the defensive leader with 15 tackles, including one for a loss and another that forced a fumble he recovered himself.

Jack Tittle also recovered a fumble and finished the night with nine tackles. Aimonetti added eight tackles and Herman and Brent McCoy had seven apiece. Mike Mahoney and Wiley were each in on five stops, Kevorkian and Ty Doughty four each, Le three, Wood and Bailey McNally two apiece and Brender one. McNally forced the fumble that Tittle recovered.

Article written by Dick Sparrer for the Los Gatos Weekly News

Cats Suffer a Terrible Loss

Handling losing has never been one of my stronger traits. We did not play well Friday night and suffered a terrible loss to Palo Alto 25-7. With a win we would have been alone in first place of the DeAnza League. As fate would have it we still are in first place. We can remain in that position if we can beat Milpitas at home Friday night, but if we continue to play as we have the last two games, the outlook does not look good.

I have spent a long weekend trying to find a way to get the boys back into the team that beat Wilcox two weeks ago. Hopefully the team will come together, pick themselves and their teammates up for the last three games of the season. We have left positioned ourselves with tough road to travel, and we can only make it if we all pull together.

Thanks for all the support,

Coach Cattolico

Palo Alto defeats Los Gatos 25-7

Keller Chryst threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns to lead Palo Alto High past Los Gatos 25-7 on Friday night to move into a first-place tie with the Wildcats and Milpitas in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

Matt Tolbert rushed for 119 yards and scored a touchdown as the Vikings (5-2, 3-1) ended Los Gatos’ winning streak at three games.

William Le and Joey Wood combined for 126 rushing yards for the Wildcats (4-3, 3-1). Wood scored the Wildcats’ lone touchdown with less than four minutes to play after picking up 47 of his 50 rushing yards in the second half.

The Vikings put the game out of reach when Jayshaw Gates-Mouton caught a 39-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter.

Palo Alto struck quickly. After the Vikings held the Wildcats to a three-and-out, Tolbert took a handoff from Chryst, burst through a hole created by Spencer Drazovich and Nick Beeson, and sped 70 yards for a touchdown less than three minutes into the contest.

"All I had to do was run," Tolbert said.

The Vikings held Los Gatos to 42 yards of offense in the first half and 220 total. Palo Alto had 278 yards of offense.

"We stepped up on both sides of the ball," Palo Alto coach Earl Hansen said.

Chryst also threw touchdown passes of 48 yards to Malcolm Davis and 62 yards to Gates-Mouton, the latter coming one play after Los Gatos accepted a holding penalty instead of forcing the Vikings to punt from midfield.

Chryst was 7 of 12 for 158 yards with one interception in the first half. He completed passes to six receivers. Chryst finished 10 of 18.
Meanwhile, Nick Bawden was getting battered and threw for 21 yards on 4 of 10 passing. He was sacked five times and had to leave the game temporarily. Greg Schwager completed one pass for 4 yards.

Bawden was 8 of 19 for 60 yards and was sacked six times in the contest. In addition, Palo Alto defenders constantly hurried Bawden and knocked down a couple of attempts.

Le finished with 76 rushing yards.

Gates-Mouton caught three passes for 120 yards.

Los Gatos 0 0 0 7 — 7

Palo Alto 6 13 6 0 — 25

PA — Tolbert 70 run (bad snap)

PA — Davis 48 pass from Chryst (Foug kick)

PA — Ja. Gates-Mouton 62 pass from Chryst (kick failed)

PA — Ja. Gates-Mouton 39 pass from Chryst (run failed)

LG — Wood 4 run (Chapman kick)

Records: Los Gatos 4-3, 3-1; Palo Alto 5-2, 3-1

Article written by Rick Eymer for the San Jose Mercury News

Cats to do battle with Palo Alto

Tonight the Los Gatos Wildcats will travel to do battle with the Palo Alto Vikings. When someone asked me why this is such a big rivalry, the answer was really simple. It just seems that over the last 6 or 7 years every time these two teams meet, the winner will go on to win a championship, and I don’t think this night will be any different. 

Although the Cats, at one time, lead the series 13-1, Palo Alto has evened things up as of late, by splitting the last 8 games. The series now stands at 17 to 5.

Since 2005, both teams have won several league, and CCS championships. The Cats would love to make it two in a row over the Vikings tonight.  

It should be a great football game between two very talented teams. The Cats are currently tied for first place, undefeated in the league, but Palo Alto is right behind us with only one loss, so it is a big game for both squads. 

If you can make it out to Palo Alto you will be treated to some quality football.  

Thanks for all the support,

Coach Cattolico

Cats Need to Step It Up!

The Cats played our only day game of the year last Friday at Mountain View High School. It was a game sandwiched between Wilcox and Palo Alto and what I like to call a coaches nightmare. This is a game that can be easily overlooked as the players only see our perennial rival Palo Alto on the horizon. 

Although we did not play well, we did play well enough to win the game 38-13.  The team struggled in the first part of the game and held a 3-0 lead at the end of the quarter.  We seemed to wake up in the second quarter and put together four straight touchdown drives to take a 31-0 lead.  

Kyle Kevorkian had a big day as he caught 2 TD passes and had a couple of big runs. Nick Bawden was 6 of 12 passing with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Once again Will Le led the ground game with 77 yards and two scores all in the first half. The second half was a battle between our reserves and the Spartan’s first team which never left the field. Matt Etterman, Max Herman, Joey Wood and Johnny Breidenthal all ran well, while Greg Schwager was 1 for 3 passing. After extending the lead to 38 points, we yielded two touchdowns to Mountain View, but played hard, and a lot of players got to see action.  

Leading the defensive charge was Brent McCoy, with help from Tyler Perkins, Jack Tittle, Nico Aimonetti, Teva Brender, Cody Marshalln(who had a beautiful interception returned for a TD that was nullified by a very questionable call) Myles Morrison, Kevorkian, Mike Mahoney, Ty Doughty, Ricky Turnwall, Chris Gonazlez, Herman, Connor McKeen, James Sena, Zack Wiley, CJ Butcher, Cameron Ackerman and Andrew Masek.  Logan Chapman caught two passes and was outstanding on kick offs, PATs. He also kicked his first field goal of the year from 31 yards out. Dane Huesby and Cameron Ackerman made great plays, each recovering an onside kick.  Cameron Perry also had a reception.  

The Cats travel to Palo Alto for a big game Friday night. Palo Alto routed Wilcox on Friday 38-12 and it should be a great game. The Cats will need to really step it up to pull of a win in Palo Alto. Thanks for all the support throughout the season and I hope to see you at Palo Alto on Friday night for a big time high school football battle.

Coach Cattolico

Wildcats Put Together Four Quarters of Solid Football

There was no doubt that the team played their best and most fundamentally sound football game of the year. It could not have come at a better time, going up against a very talented Wilcox football team.

Los Gatos put together four quarters of solid football and beat the Chargers 35-21. This is a Wilcox team which had scored 50 or more points in each of their last two games. Prior to friday night night the coaches talked to the team about how we had played in our games so far and the fact that we had yet to defeat a really sound team.

Friday night we did just that, we beat a very good team. The Cats jumped to a 14-0 lead and maintained their toughness and poise for the remainder of the game.

Once again, Will Le led the way for the offense rushing for 196 yards and scoring 3 touchdowns. He got great support from his offensive lineman, Nico Aimonetti, Kevin Tjon, Dave Fishman, Brendan Wiliams and Alex Randolph. Also providing great blocking was Tight End Teva Brender, and Full Back’s Joey Wood, Jack Tittle and Tyler Perkins. Matt Etterman and Joey Wood also ran the ball very well.

Nick Bawden had another outstanding game at quarterback completing 8 of 13 passes for 127 yards. He seems to be maturing into the QB that we hoped he would. Kyle Kevorkian also led the way for our offense with 2 receptions, one for a 47 yard score. Others on the receiving end were Will Le who had two catches, one for a TD, Teva Brender, Logan Chapman, Cameron Perry and Joey Wood.

On defense, Ricky Turnwall returned from injury to lead the Cats with 8 tackles, while Tyler Perkins and Brent McCoy performed outstanding as usual. Cody Marshall, Tjon, Aimonetti, Tittle, Brender, Williams, Zack Wiley, Kevorkian, and Joey Wood all played great and had tackles on defense.

The Cats also showed off an outstanding kicking game with Tjon doing the punting and Chapman putting three of 6 kick offs into the endzone for touchbacks.

The defense was asked to slow down one of the finest running backs in the CCS, and did a very credible job, he did have some long runs, but the team held him to short gains most of the night.

This type of play will be necessary over the rest of the season, but the first step is always the toughest, and the Cats took that step Friday night. With four of the last five games on the road, the team will need to step up and show what they can do away from our home field.

On another note: former Wildcats Andrew Berg, tied a Harvard record with three td receptions in a single game on Saturday. He caught 10 passes for 132 yards as Harvard improved to 4-0 on the season.

This Friday we travel to Mtn. View for a 3:15 afternoon game. I Hope you can make it, and thanks for the support.

Wildcats Open League Play in Style

Friday night our Wildcat football team opened DeAnza League play in style. After our first drive stalled, the Cats put together a tremendous first half and led the Mustangs by a score 35-7 at the break.

The team would go on to post a 48-7 win over a 2-1 Homestead team. The Cats were led by running back Will Le who rushed for 166 yards and scored 5 touchdowns. Nick Bawden also had a good game completing 6 of 7 passes for 118 yards and 1 touchdown. Kyle Kevorkian caught the td pass from Bawden and had three more receptions on the night. Both Cameron Perry and Logan Chapman also had a pass reception.

Matt Etterman added to the run game by gaining 70 yards, and sophomore fullback joey Wood also ran well and rushed for a TD of his own. CJ Butcher, Brent McCoy, Johnny Breidenthal and Greg Orekhov all had carries on the night.

Up front, Teva Brender, Nico Aimonetti, Kevin Tjon, Dave Fishman, Jack Jarnigan, Brendan Williams, Alec Randolph and Jack Tittle all helped open huge holes for the running game and gave Nick Bawden great protection all night.

The Cats were led on defense by Tyler Perkins, but got quality performances from Jack Tittle, Nico Aimonetti, Bailey McNally, Cody Marshall, Myles Morrison, Kevin Tjon, Jack Tittle, Teva Brender, Zack Wiley and Will Le. Support from the secondary included
Kevorkian, Brent McCoy, Ty Doughty, Wood, Mike Mahoney, Yenlin Lee and James Sena.

Jack Tittle and Cameron Ackerman both recovered fumbles and Chapman and Tjon had a great night kicking the ball. McCoy and Kevorkian had big returns on kicks to put the Cats offense in great position. All in all, it was an outstanding performance as most of the players saw action.

Saturday morning, after watching game film at 8:00 am, then running and lifting until 10, the Cats went out and washed cars for the Hibbits family fundraiser, a most outstanding weekend.

Things will get tougher this Friday as we host Wilcox who rang up 51 points in their game Friday night. Now we will wait to see how the players grades came out, and prepare ourselves for a tough week of very hot practices.

Thanks for all the support and I hope you can make the alumni game this Friday night.