After Sluggish Start, Cats Finish Strong

Well, we finally start the 2010 football season and the Wildcats took almost a half to get warmed up. Despite some sloppy play in the early going, our offense managed to go 78 yards in five plays to take a 7 to 3 lead with 1:30 left in the first half. Then came the big break when Blair Gardner shot through the Menlo line and hit their halfback just as he was about to throw a pass. The ball popped out and floated to Taig McNulty who ran it in to the endzone from 11 yards out.

Suddenly, in a span of 19 seconds, the team went from a sloppy first half, down 3-0 to a 14-3 lead. That was the spark that had the Cats playing much better football as they added 21 points while the defesne was giving Menlo nothing. The final core was Los Gatos 35, Menlo Atherton 3.

The Cats defense was outstanding all day holding MA to just 140 yards total offense, while the offense was racking up 363 of its own. Garret Zeiter and Andy Heimer led the way rushing with 151 and 91 yards on the day. Zeiter added a 34 yard K.O. return while Heimer had a 50 yard punt return.

Hayden Hibberd threw a 50 yard pass to Tyler Olivet for the Cat’s first score. Also running with the ball well were Jon Impey, Olivet, Andrew Tjon, Ben Hopner, Teddy Enfantino and Max Herman. Dionte Cook, Heimer and Luke Hollander also caught passes, but the passing game needs a lot of improvement.

The Defense performed well led by Blair Gardner and Shane Smith who each recorded 10 tackles. Taig McNulty had 8 tackles and an interception. Teddy Enfantino had two sacks and Sean Niemann, Max Friday, Andrew Tjon, Landon Cramer, Max Friday, Tyler Perkins and Garret Zeiter all had multiple tackles. Andy Heimer added an interception and Preston Rind had a sack.

The Cats look forward to another tough test this Friday as they travel to play the St. Francis Lancers.

Thanks for all the support. 

Coach Cattolico


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