New Bearcat Coach Returns to Scrimmage

The Cat’s had their last tune-up before opening the 2013 season at Mitty next Friday night. San Mateo visited Helm Field with a new head coach that Wildcat fans are most familiar; Kevin Reeves a long time coach at Los Gatos, who first served as an assistant and then the Head Coach of the Frosh-Soph team.

So it would be the meeting of two new field generals as they prepare their teams for the real battles next week. This night would belong to the Cat’s defense who played most of the scrimmage in the Bearcats backfield, and looked ready to face any team in the CCS.

This was not the same old Bearcats however, Coach Reeves has this team playing very well, and it appears as though San Mateo may just have a good season if tonight is any indicator. There were some good plays by Los Gatos that led to big gains, but the Bearcat defense played well and harrassed the Cat’s offense all night.

The Los Gatos offense had some good moments, but a rash of holding calls negated some big plays, and there were some dropped passes that should have been caught. I’m sure Coach Krail will have his team working hard to prepare for a very tough Mitty team as they will meet at Mitty High School next week. My assessment is that if they reduce the penalties and hang on to the ball, the offense will be ready for Mitty, and it should be a great matchup of two superior CCS teams.

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CATS Ranked #9 in CCS

The No. 9 team is a traditional power that, despite some changes, should be in the mix for league and Central Coast Section championships this fall.

That team is …


Coach:Mark Krail 2012
record: 8-5, 5-2 CCS
playoffs: Lost to St. Francis 17-0 in Division II final. 

Outlook: The Wildcats didn’t just lose their senior class after last season. They lost the man who called the shots on the sideline for the past 26 years when Butch Cattolico, just seven wins from becoming the Central Coast Section’s all-time winningest football coach, announced that he was retiring.

Mark Krail, who built programs at Pioneer and Santa Clara, takes over this season and inherits a roster that includes San Diego State-bound quarterback Nick Bawden and running back Joey Wood, the most outstanding sophomore in the De Anza last fall. Defensively, nose tackle Bailey McNally, all-league middle linebacker Jack Tittle and defensive backs C.J. Butcher and Corey Olivet are back.

“The transition has been good,” Krail said. “I can’t complain one bit about the kids. The kids have just been super positive. We were all ready to get pads on and get started.” slgw1204football12Last season, Bawden (6-foot-3 and 220 pounds) threw for 1,636 yards and 12 touchdowns, and Wood rushed for 1,015 yards and 13 touchdowns. The team’s biggest area of inexperience, Krail noted, is on the offensive and defensive lines. “But skill-wise, I think we’ll be pretty good,” the coach added. “Linebacking position I think we’ll be all right. DBs we’re going to be all right.” Los Gatos’ first game under Krail is Sept. 6 against West Catholic Athletic League contender Archbishop Mitty at Foothill College.


Krail Gets Troops Ready

Los Gatos High School Football Coach Mark Krail Gets Troops Ready – Sports – Los Gatos, CA Patch

New Los Gatos High School varsityfootball coach Mark Krail was working his squad hard this week when we stopped by impromptu at Helm Field to check out the scene. Krail, 49, officially began his coaching duties after being hired at the end of January to replace legendary coach Butch Cattolico who retired last school year. Krail worked during the spring and summer at LGHS coaching and he began teaching health and fitness on Monday, Aug. 19, the start of the school year. “We’re hoping to continue a long tradition of excellence,” he said about what’s anticipated this football season. “We should expect a team that plays hard every week and plays smart and plays fast and is physical. If we can do those things I think we’ll be pretty successful.”There are 49 players—juniors and seniors—on the LGHS varsity football roster, Krail said. LGHS also has a junior varsity football team coached by Andy Holland.

The Cats began practicing Friday, Aug. 16. Asked how the players were selected for the team, Krail responded: “We don’t really cut athletes in football so if the kids want to come out and love being out here and work hard, they’re a part of our team. “The first game of the season is against powerhouse Archbishop Mitty High School “Monarchs” football team at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Rd. in Los Altos. Some of the returning senior players are quarterback Nick Bawden, an all-league player last year; Cody Marshall, a tight-end line backer; and Logan Chapman, a possible receiver, kicker and punter, said Krail.

“These three guys stand out as solid returning seniors and there are others,” he said. “We practice six days a week.” “The community and the parents have been great and we’re excited to get this thing going and kick it off,” Krail said. Krail was head football coach at Santa Clara High School for three years. He also served as head football coach at Pioneer High School for 12 years and has received many awards and accolades for his coaching, including the State CIF “Model Coach for Football” in 2009 and CCS “Honor Coach” for Football in 2005. He was also inducted into the Santa Clara County Youth Mentor Hall of Fame in 2009.

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2012 CCS Division II Playoff Bracket

St. Francis
2 Los Gatos 0
3 Wilcox 20
6 South SF 14
3 Wilcox 38
2 Los Gatos 21
7 Pioneer 12
2 Los Gatos 38
1 St. Francis 17
5 Aragon 7
5 Aragon 35
4 Leland 21
1 St. Francis 41
8 Overfelt 0
1 St. Francis 42

It Seems Like Yesterday

Well, it seems like yesterday when it was Thursday, January 31st, 2013. That was the day I was introduced to the players and parents of Los Gatos High School. It was a great day for me personally, as I was beginning the greatest challenge of my coaching career. I was hit with some great questions that day from the players and the parents alike. When the night was done, I felt a great sense of relief and a very positive feeling. It was now time to go to work!

I ended the players meeting with the number 218. That was the number of days that we had before our first game together as the 2013 Wildcat Football Team. As a group we have watched that number tick down as the spring and summer passed. Many days and hours of hard work and sacrifice by the players as they have prepared for the 2013 season.

Here am I now, on the eve of “Camp”. Not exactly sure what to expect, but very excited to be a part of this long standing tradition at Los Gatos High School. The players and coaches are more than ready to “get this going”. I’ve been told it’s like “3 days of Christmas” by one of the players. Whatever happens, I am completely blown away by the hard work and tremendous spirit that the LG Football parents have put into “Camp”. We, the players and coaches, are tremendously lucky to have such a supportive group of parents that are really making sure our experience is one for the ages.

The number is now down to 23, and we’re rapidly approaching that night of September 6th, 2013, our first game together as 2013 Wildcats. Our goal is to practice each day like champions, and to let it rip on Friday nights! We’re almost there…

Reversed Roles for Players at Kids Camp

The Wildcats Youth Football Camp for players ages 12-14 was held July 29 to August 2, at Los Gatos High School. The high school players who participated were given insight to what it is like to be a coach. The players run these kids through individual drills covering football specific positions and running, tackling, and blocking. The coaches are there as well, but it is the players that get to intereact and mentor these young players.

“It’s a nice break from the summer practices and workouts for our players, and they really enjoy teaching these young players,” said Cat’s New Head Coach Mark Krail. You can see that the kids really relate to the players, and look forward to playing for the Cat’s some day. After a week of running youn players through drills, the Cat’s will have a week off before returnng to the school for their annual football camp that will have them living on campus as the final push to prepare for the 2013 campaign begins.

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