Krail, Cat’s Face Mitty in Opener

Los Gatos will have its hands full when they take the field to face the Archbishop Mitty Monarchs this Friday night at Foothill College. The Monarchs team is loaded with talent and balance on both sides of the ball.

Typifying that balance is Chandler Ramirez, a 6-1, 210-pound running back and linebacker. The returning first-team All-WCAL member joins lineman Daniel Mendoza (6-1, 250), running back and defensive back Kyle Evans, and running back and defensive back Dakari Monroe, only a junior, as fantastic two-way players. Linebackers Drew Mount and Erik Sargis led the team in tackles last season with a combined 177.

The Cat’s played the Monarchs extremely tough last year, and almost pulled out the win, but lost the game 28 – 20. Los Gatos scored 13 in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough to over take the Monarchs who scored 14 in the second, and two more TD’s in the second half to fend off the Wildcats.

This should be a great contest that will most likely come down to the final minutes of the game before the victor has been decided. This will be Coach Mark Krails debut as the Cat’s head coach, and he would love to come out with a win over a great perennial CCS opponent like Mitty.

Los Gatos Football will have photos, highlights, and the offensive, defensive, and special teams player of the game on our site following the game. Cat’s Varsity Schedule

Football preview: De Anza Division

Football preview: Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division

By Darren Sabedra and Glenn Reeves San Jose Mercury News

PALO ALTO VIKINGS

Coach: Earl Hansen
2012 record: 8-3, 6-1
CCS playoffs: Lost to Serra 52-35 in Open Division first-round game.
Outlook: Stanford-bound quarterback Keller Chryst, a three-year starter and one of the top high school passers in the nation, leads an offense that includes returning receivers Malcolm Davis and Keesean Johnson and tackles Jack Anderson and Justin Rittman. Chryst, the first-team All-Mercury News quarterback in 2012, threw for 2,489 yards and 28 touchdowns while leading the Vikings to the De Anza Division championship. Davis, who caught 33 passes for 675 yards and nine touchdowns last season, also was a first-team All-Mercury News defensive back. Andrew Frick, a second-team All-Mercury News linebacker in 2012, also is back for a Palo Alto team that should again be in the thick of the De Anza race. “We’ll contend, but you’ve got to stay healthy,” coach Earl Hansen said. “You can’t get guys banged up.” The team also returns Connor Scheel, a senior defensive back and athlete.

WILCOX CHARGERS

Coach: Dan Brown
2012 record: 8-4, 5-2
CCS playoffs: Lost to Los Gatos 21-20 in Division II semifinal.
Outlook: The Chargers are big and fast, which easily qualifies the run-oriented team as a contender for the De Anza championship. Back is sprinter Delshawn Mitchell, who rushed for 1,640 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. He showed up for the first practice of his senior season with a lightning bolt shaved into the side of his head and said, “I’m really excited to go play again. I was dying for this opportunity right now.” Asked what kind of season this could be for Wilcox, Mitchell added, “I hope we’re going to go all the way, go to state.” The Chargers also return all-league lineman Jimmy Leatiota, who is 6-foot-3, 280 pounds. He said he can’t wait to play under the Friday night lights and believes 2013 could be special for his team. Leatiota noted that the De Anza is competitive but added, “With our squad, we can beat anybody. Our goal is 13-0.” Coach Dan Brown said the division championship ultimately will be determined by defense. “We’re fired up,” Brown said. “We believe we could be pretty good.”

LOS GATOS WILDCATS

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.” Last 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.

MILPITAS TROJANS

Coach: Kelly King
2012 record: 9-4, 5-2
CCS playoffs: Lost to San Benito 35-28 in Division I final.
Outlook: Milpitas returns a trio of talented players from a team that nearly won the De Anza Division championship last season. Back are quarterback Ronnie Reed, running back Squally Canada and receiver Tre Hartley. Reed threw for 1,509 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012. Canada rushed for 987 yards and averaged 7.77 yards per carry, and Hartley caught 32 passes for 709 yards and seven touchdowns. Jesus Gonzalez, the first-team All-Mercury News kicker last fall, blew out a knee in club soccer and won’t be available, King said. So Gonzalez’s twin, Antonio, will take over the kicking duties. The Trojans were in position to reach the Open Division playoffs in 2012, but a late-season loss to Saratoga vaulted Palo Alto to the De Anza title and automatic Open Division berth. Despite losing standout linebacker/running back Vita Vea, Milpitas should be back in the hunt for a title this season. “We’ve got to come to play every week,” King said.

SARATOGA FALCONS

Coach: Tim Lugo
2012 record: 6-5, 3-4
CCS playoffs: Lost to Aptos 28-24 in Division III first-round game.
Outlook: One year after finishing 2-8 and winning just one De Anza Division game, Saratoga bounced back last fall with a spread-passing attack that generated eye-opening numbers. The Falcons reached the CCS playoffs behind the arm and leadership of Jonathan Walters, who threw for a section-leading 3,503 yards and 39 touchdowns and was named the division’s most outstanding quarterback. Walters, who received second-team All-Mercury News honors, is back for his senior season. His presence, coach Tim Lugo said, is the biggest thing in the world. “I’m trying to find a fifth year of eligibility for him, if I can,” Lugo said. “He’s our heart and soul. Not only is he a phenomenal quarterback, he’s one of the greatest kids you ever want to coach. He’s humble, he’s unselfish. He’s the team leader. Whatever he says, goes. He’s a coach’s dream.” Kyle Dozier, the team’s leading receiver and a first-team All-Mercury News player last season, has graduated. But Grant Faylor (69 catches, 789 yards, seven touchdowns) is back. “People always ask me, ‘How are you going to replace Kyle Dozier,'” Lugo said. “Well, Grant’s going to replace Kyle. But we have to have somebody step up and replace Grant — his catches.” In all, the Falcons return seven starters on offense and seven on defense. “I like the fact that our guys know our system now,” Lugo said. “We’re a year into this thing, and they really, really understand it now. I’m kind of excited to see where it takes us.” Lugo also noted middle linebacker Christian Lee, calling him the team’s defensive leader, and running back/linebacker Jacob Marr, whom Lugo said “has had the best summer of any kid in our program.”

SANTA CLARA BRUINS

Coach: Hank Roberts
2012 record: 5-5, 2-5
Outlook: Santa Clara started 5-0 last season before a five-game skid prevented the Bruins from advancing to the CCS playoffs. Coach Mark Krail left after the season for Los Gatos and was replaced by Hank Roberts, the offensive coordinator at Sequoia. Roberts has stressed being physical in practice, noting that Los Gatos is not “soft” and Milpitas put several Santa Clara players in the hospital last season. “Friday night can’t be the most physical thing,” Roberts said. Santa Clara has a lot of players “who are fresh to our program,” Roberts added, including six sophomores on the varsity. Back are running backs Adam Garza, who rushed for 822 yards and nine touchdowns last season, and Orlando Rivera. Keenan Smith, who had a big season on the ground for Fremont last fall, has transferred to Santa Clara but won’t be eligible until the team plays Mountain View on Oct. 11. Until then, Roberts said, “he’s everybody’s best football player” in practice.

FREMONT FIREBIRDS

Coach: Jake Messina
2012 record: 8-3, 5-1 El Camino
CCS playoffs: Lost to Salinas 49-0 in Division I first-round game.
Outlook: Jake Messina takes over a program that won the El Camino Division last season but lost seven starters on offense and seven on defense, including running back Keenan Smith, who transferred to Santa Clara after leading the team with 1,738 total yards and 25 touchdowns in 2012. Fremont’s top players are quarterback Ricky Teo, running back Kahileigh Creamer, fullback Devante Sanchez, defensive end Sam Kanongata and middle linebacker Elijah Aguilar. Another player to watch is defensive tackle Afa Prescott. Messina said the team’s goals are “that we finish games” and “that we are competitive for four quarters” — “all the things that good, fundamental teams do.” As for the move up to the De Anza, Messina said, “I feel that’s where we belong and where we need to be.”

MOUNTAIN VIEW SPARTANS

Coach: Shelley Smith
2012 record: 3-7, 1-6
Outlook: New coach Shelley Smith, defensive coordinator at Saratoga last season, likes the players on his team but said the Spartans are rebuilding. The roster has only 10 seniors and half have never played football, Smith noted. FB/LB Jake Butters tops the list of returners. “He’s our leader,” Smith said. “He thinks like a coach. He’s a great guy.” Other players to keep an eye on are RB/S A.J. Johnson and tight end Frank Kapp, grandson of former Cal coach Joe Kapp. The team’s line will include a transfer from Montana, Dylan Fluckinger, and Matt McCarthy.

Cats, Mustangs run into each other in CCS finals

The Los Gatos Wildcats go up against the Mustangs of Pioneer for the Division II Championship Title
Saturday December 3,  at 7:00 PM at Westmont High School field, Campbell, CA
 
The following is re post from an article by Dick Sparrer that appeared in The Los Gatos Weekly Times, Tuesday November 29, 2011–
 
The Los Gatos and Pioneer football teams will each be making a run for the Central Coast Section Division II championship this weekend–literally.
The Wildcats and Mustangs will match their potent running games against each other when they play for the D-II title on Dec. 3, 7 p.m., at Westmont High School. Los Gatos entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the division with Pioneer No. 2.

“We’re going to have to find a way to stop their running game,” said Pioneer head coach Eric Perry just moments after his Mustangs defeated South San Francisco 28-7 to earn their place in the title game.
Leading that Gatos running attack is talented tailback Garret Zeiter, who raced for 202 yards on 17 carries in last Friday’s 39-6 win over Aragon. He enters the game with 2,409 yards rushing this fall.

“It will be run against run,” added Los Gatos head coach Butch Cattolico. “We’re not looking for anything easy.”
Pioneer certainly won’t make anything easy for the Cats. The Mustangs have a cast of talented backs who have combined for nearly 3,000 yards rushing, with Dominic Barnes topping the list. Barnes had 879 yards for Pioneer this season, and is joined by Russell Neeley (761 yards), Sean Nelson (483), Tyler Compani (188), Ethan Stanton 262), Curtis Tanquary (386) and Ronald Gezzi as Mustangs will figure to get their share of carries on Saturday night.

Pioneer, a 25-0 winner over El Camino in the first round of the playoffs, will take a 9-3 season record into the game as the Mustangs make their 17th trip to the Central Coast Section playoffs and their second appearance in a championship game. The Mustangs reached the finals in 2001, losing in the D-IV title game 17-0 to Pacific Grove.

Los Gatos, meanwhile, is going to the playoffs for the 32nd time and the Cats have won 13 titles. Gatos crushed Leigh 62-14 in the first round of the playoffs and is 10-1-1 heading into the championship game.
 

The Cats and Mustangs are no strangers to one another in post-season play. The two clubs have met up twice in the CCS playoffs and Los Gatos has won both times–19-0 in 2006 and 24-20 in 2008.
Gatos makes its 16th appearance in a CCS championship game. One of the 13 titles for the Cats was a tie against St. Francis, and they’ve lost only three times in section finales.

Teams Los Gatos has played for championships features a cast of the finest programs in the section, including three appearances each against St. Francis and Wilcox and two against Palo Alto. Six times the Wildcats have gone up against teams from the West Catholic Athletic League in title games.
 
Dick Sparrer is editor of the Los Gatos Weekly
 
 

Fourth-seeded Aragon has a history with Los Gatos, and it’s not a pretty one

The Los Gatos Wildcats host Aragon Friday November 25th at 7:00 PM at Helm Field, Los Gatos High School in the CCS semifinal round
 
The following is excerpted from High School Notebook, a weekly blog by Mercury News writer Alex Pavlovic.
 
The success is far more spread out in Division II, where No. 1 Los Gatos and No. 2 Pioneer host a pair of teams from San Mateo County. Fourth-seeded Aragon has a history with Los Gatos, and it’s not a pretty one. From 2004 to 2008 Aragon and Los Gatos played at least once every year, with Los Gatos going 6-0 and winning by an average of 26 points. In 2004 they played twice; Aragon rebounded from a 41-14 loss in the season opener to win 10 in a row, including a 27-21 win over a Serra team with Jeremiah Masoli at quarterback in the first round of CCS, only to lose for a second time to Los Gatos, 21-7 in the CCS semifinals.

The Wildcats are as powerful as ever and had little trouble with Leigh in the first round. Garret Zeiter rushed for 147 yards and five touchdowns in 12 first-half carries as Los Gatos cruised to a 62-14 win.
The other side of the bracket features a second consecutive matchup between South San Francisco and a member of the Mount Hamilton Division. The No. 3 Warriors are coming off a 31-23 first-round win over Willow Glen and play at Pioneer on Friday at 7 p.m.
 
 
Alex Pavlovic covers high school sports for the  Mercury News
 
 

The Widcats are ready for round I of the CCS playoffs at home vs Leigh Friday at 7:00 PM

This Friday night at Helm Field, Home of the Wildcats, Los Gatos renews it’s old rivalry with Leigh High School.
Both teams qualified for the CCS playoffs and both wound up in division II. It should be good high school football with a backyard flavor as two town teams -who know each other quite well- open up the first round of playoffs. The Cats are looking forward to playing against their Longhorn neighbors.  Leigh has a very explosive offense, utilizing a spread attack with a very talented quarterback and some speedy receivers.

Los Gatos will counter with their running game and hope to continue to improve their passing game following last week’s strong showing.
A strong Cat’s defense hopes to contain Leigh’s quarterback and stop the Longhorn’s bid for an upset. The last time these two teams met in a playoff game. Los Gatos held off Leigh at Foothill College in semifinal game by a score of 20-13.
The game time starts right at 7:00 PM as there is no frosh/soph game beforehand.

Hope you can come out and support the boys in their effort to work toward a win, the promise of a Thanksgiving weekend home game at Helm Field, and a first step toward a possible CCS title. 
 
Thanks for all the support over the season,
Coach Cattolico

The Cats have a lot to play for Thursday night against the Homestead Mustangs

Big game Thursday night vs. Homestead Mustangs at Homestead. The Cats will travel to Homestead’s field for the final regular scheduled game of the season Thursday night, since Friday is a school holiday.

The Cats will play a Homestead team that is fresh off a last week’s big win over Milpitas. Homestead has one of the best running games in the league, so expect to see a contest of two teams that have a very similar approach to the game. Call it ‘grind it out tough football’.

This contest is also significant in that it will have a big effect on both the league and playoff pictures.
Los Gatos currently stands one-half game behind Palo Alto and one-half game ahead of Homestead in league standings.
The Los Gatos team has a lot to play for. A win Thursday, coupled with either a loss or tie by Palo Alto would give the Cats the league title.

The Mustangs could also get a share of the title if they won, and Palo Alto lost. To add to the mix, it could also mean a number 1 seed in the playoffs, or even a trip to the open division if the Cats win. Coming off a big emotional win last week over rival Saratoga, the team is ready to start a big push toward the CCS playoffs.

Our boys would like that push to be ignited by a big win over a very good Homestead football team.
Hope you can make it out to the game before you start your three day weekend. It promises to be a very exciting high school football game.
  
Thanks for all the support over the season,
Coach Cattolico

Friday night the Wildcats renew our district rivalry with Saratoga High School.

Friday night the Wildcats renew our district rivalry with Saratoga High School. This year is obviously a big game for us, as we have to win this game  and the final game against Homestead.

The game had lost a lot of importance over the last decade, as over the years the Cats have dominated the games. So, over time, I think our boys lost focus as to how significant a game it truly is for our school and community.
Last year put a stop to that. We learned what it was like to be on the losing end of a rivalry game.

This year the team is determined to reassert our dominance. The records mean nothing in a game like this. Saratoga put a great game together vs. Milpitas last week and are looking for a repeat of last year.
The Cats seem very focused and ready to start a new streak.

Friday will be Senior Night and is the last scheduled home game for the boys along with what we hope will be a great crowd. This is what big game rivalry should be about. Two schools playing for the pride of their teams, respective schools and community. Hope you can come out and support the Cats in their continuing goal to reestablish themselves.
 
 Thanks for all the support over the year,
Coach Cattolico

The Los Gatos Wildcats Homecoming Game is Friday night at Helm Field against Los Altos

Friday night at 7:30 Los Gatos will host the Los Altos Eagles. Homecoming is here and the Cats are ready to do their part in celebrating the annual school function. Our part is giving the team, school and community a successful football game.The Los Altos team is struggling and sports a record of 1-6.

Our hope for Friday night is to let a lot of players get some game experience. With our schedule and league it is very tough to get second and third team players much playing time. We hope that with a solid game plan we can get all 44 players not just in the game but significant playing time. We hope every player can have a good experience and show their worth in front of what we hope is a strong student support section.

Many of these players have put in lots of practice time and deserve a chance to show what they can do when given their shot.
The first teamers will still get some time in, but our hope is to see what some of the younger players can do.
It is hard practicing every week against the first team, but not getting a chance to play on Friday night except for one or two plays maybe on some special teams.

Please come out and support all the players and see the magnificent team and school celebrate homecomecoming with us.
 
Thanks for all the support,
Coach Cattolico

Friday night the Cats travel to Milpitas to take on the 5-1-0 Trojans

Friday night at 7:30 Los Gatos will travel to Milpitas High School to play the Trojans of Milpitas. Milpitas is 5-1-0 overall and 2-1-0 in league play. The Trojans are currently in a 4-way tie for second, and just half a game behind the Cats with a 2-0-1 league record.

Milpitas has been a very strong team this year. The Trojans beat Wilcox, the team who tied with Los Gatos earlier in the season, but also lost to Mountain View, by playing one bad half.

This Friday, it really depends on which “team” shows up- for both teams. In short, the team that is most prepared and ready to play should win this one.

The Cats are coming off last weekend’s emotional win over Palo Alto, and must take the Trojans seriously if they are to maintain first place in the league.

It should be another tough game for the Cats, in a very tough league.
If you can make it out to Milpitas you will get another chance to see some great high school football.
 
Thanks for all the support,
Coach Cattolico

First place in the De Anza league at stake Friday night at Helm Field

Friday night the Cats will host Palo Alto at Helm Field in a game for first place in the De Anza League. The winner of this game will certainly have a leg up on everyone toward the title in one of the toughest and most competitive leagues in CCS.

Both teams come in with outstanding records, and the Vikings are the defending league and State Champions. The two teams have very similar records, and offensively they both average over 33 points per game. Los Gatos has a slight edge defensively allowing only 11 points per game while Palo Alto has allowed 17.

The Vikings had a big win over Wilcox while the Cats settled for a tie, although they won the overtime tie breaker. Palo Alto has been a big play team, using their team speed for long touchdown strikes, while Los Gatos is a team that will grind it out with a powerful running attack.

If the Cats can limit the Vikings big plays they have a chance to pull off the upset. It looks to be a great high school football match-up Friday night, with first place in the De Anza League at stake.
 
 
Thanks for all the support,
Coach Cattolico