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I went by Los Gatos High on Friday night to watch the scrimmage involving the Wildcats and the San Mateo High Bearcats. Friday Night Lights is always nice at Los Gatos, where there was a decent crowd on hand for the scrimmage, the concession stands were open, and after a hot day it was very pleasant as it cooled after the sun went down.
This was the first time a Los Gatos football team had taken the field coached by anyone but Butch Cattolico in several decades. But the 2013 outfit, coached by Mark Krail, didn’t look a whole lot different than what people have come to expect from Los Gatos football. “I thought the kids played with good energy on both sides of the ball,” Krail said. “They’d been wanting to hit someone else for a while.” Los Gatos had more players in uniform than San Mateo and for the most part was able to move the ball on the ground using a number of running backs, including Joey Wood, who was a 1,000-yard rusher last season as a sophomore. I did a video interview with Wood after the scrimmage.
San Diego State-commit Nick Bawden looked good at quarterback and so did his backup, junior Dru Brown. “He was the MVP of the frosh-soph team last year,” Krail said of Brown. “We’re very fortunate to have two.” San Mateo has scrimmaged Los Gatos in each of the past several years despite being at a significant manpower disadvantage. But San Mateo coach Jeff Scheller likes having his kids get a taste of scrimmaging a top program before the season starts. That experience could be more important than ever this year as the Bearcats are moving up from the Peninsula Athletic League’s Lake Division to the Ocean.
San Mateo’s top player is do-everything back Line Latu, who plays running back, safety and serves as the team’s punter and (maybe) place kicker. Latu also sometimes lined up at slotback, wide receiver and Wildcat quarterback in Friday’s scrimmage. Here’s a link to a video interview with Latu.