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The Cats really did it! They beat #2 CCS ranked Oak Grove 20-13 Friday night in their home opener at Helm Field. It was truly a thrilling game that came down to the wire for the two teams of very contrasting styles slugging it out to the last minute. With two minutes left to play, Shane Smith intercepted a pass on the 11-yard line; Garrett Zeiter gained six yards on third and five with a little over a minute to seal the deal. The Cats took a knee as Oak Grove had no time out remaining and the game was over.
The team had defeated Oak Grove 20-13 in a very inspirational performance. The Cats scored first but Oak Grove came right back to tie it up. Then Oak Grove scored just before the half to take a 13-7 lead into the half. The Cats came roaring back and forced a fumble on the first play of the second half. On the very next play, Zeiter rushed for a 25-yard touch down. The point after was blocked so the game was now knotted at thirteen. The defense held Oak Grove and gave the ball back to the offense that then got the ball back in the end zone with a run by Zeiter that proved to be the winning score. The PAT was good and the Cats had a 20-13 lead.
Kicking problems plagued the team (something that we will need to correct), and twice we gave the Eagles the ball in our end of the field in the fourth quarter with blown punts. Fortunately, our defense rose to the occasion and stopped the Eagles on both possessions. The team shut the Eagles out in the second half; a feat that I believe few teams will do this season, as Oak Grove is extremely explosive on offense with great team speed. I told the team before the game that the BEST TEAM would win this game and not the best group of individual players. Although both teams had outstanding performances from many players, i believe the team taht executed their game plan better won the game.
Los Gatos had many outstanding performances including Garret Zeiter’s three touchdowns and 225 yards rushing. Ther was also Shane Smith, who added 74 yards on the ground and lead the defense with 14 tackles and the big interception that halted an Eagle drive. All the players in the secondary, Jake Bevans, Kyle Kevorkian, Brent McCoy, Teddy Enfantino, Garrett Zeiter and Max Herman, were exceptional, holding the Eagles passing attack to only seven catches. Herman had two TD saving tackles in his 11 for the game, and Kevorkian had 10 starting his first varsity ga,e. Also playing well on defense where Chuck Sullivan, Sean Neimann, Jack Tittle, Zac Janovich, Arman Alam, Lucas Alonso, Tyler Perkins and of course Shane Smith.
The Cats played ball control offense and ran for 300 yards while keeping the potent Oak Grove offense off the field. The running backs had a great night with outstanding blocking from Chuck Sullivan, Kevin Tjon, Zac Janovich. Nico Aimonetti, Alex Randolph, Brendan Williams, Max Friday, Max Herman, and Teva Brender. Logan Chapman supplied the kick offs and made 2 PAT’s to help in the win. Hopefully, what the boys learned was that a team of players, each accepting and performing their role on every play could achieve wonderful things.
After the game, in the locker room, was one of the most joyous experiences I have ever witnessed, as the team danced a unique victory dance (I did not partake). This week we play Monta Visat at Homestead’s new field at 1:00pm on Saturday afternoon.