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The Wildcats came into Friday nights game with a record of 1-3 facing a 5-0 Trojan team. By the looks of it, Milpitas would have a pretty easy time of it for their home crowd. Well, as they say, looks can be deceiving. The Cats 3 losses were to teams with a combined record of 13-3, these were some excellent teams that Los Gatos faced. Give Coach Mark Krail credit for scheduling tough opponents to prepare for a very tough DeAnza League.
Krail new that his team could play better, not that they didn’t have there moments in the 3 losses, but he could see the team starting to gel.
“We kept saying, ‘It’s gonna come together’ and tonight it came together pretty darn well,” Krail said. “Our defense played lights out all night.”
That they did especially Sophomore Kyle Smith who had 5 solo, 12 assists, and 5 tackles for a loss. He was disrupting the Trojan offense all night long. The Cat’s defense finished with 4 sacks of Jr. QB Tyree Bracy, Arun Craythorne had 2, Jake Tonges and Thomas Gregg each contributed one.
The offense was also productive and opportunistic on the night. Sr. Ryan Wilcox led the Cats in receiving with 100 yards, and two touchdowns, with his longest a 63 yard strike from Kyle Reid. Reid finished 10 of 17 with 2 TD’s and 2 INT’s for a QB rating of 97.3.
“Milpitas is the king in our league and has been for years,” Krail said, “So to come over here and play like we did tonight, I was very proud of our guys.”
It’s league play that is most important, and Coach Krail new his team would never let up.
“This is huge,” the coach added. “When you start out 1-3, some teams start to fall to 1-4, 1-7, 1-9. But these guys have kept a positive edge and kept fighting. There’s a lot of football ahead of us.”
The Cat’s go to Mountain View this Friday to face a very tough football team. The Spartans are 3-2 and are playing with a lot of confidence coming of an OT win against Hillsdale. Los Gatos, on the other hand would like nothing better than to go 2-0 in league and to 500 overall with a win over Mountain View.