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Before going out to cover Saturday night’s Mitty-Palo Alto game, I talked to Los Gatos coach Mark Krail. The Wildcats were coming off two consecutive losses to start the Krail era and had to travel Friday to face a San Benito team that had lost at Palo Alto a week earlier. The night didn’t start off well for the ‘Cats.
The team bus showed up late at Los Gatos and then the driver got lost twice while trying to get the team to San Benito for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The team finally arrived about a quarter to 7, just enough time to loosen up the legs. Los Gatos didn’t score in the first quarter but reached the end zone three times in the second on its way to a 28-14 win. “It was good,” Krail said Saturday. “The kids played well.” Los Gatos had lost its previous game, to Menlo Atherton, after leading going to the fourth quarter. “They felt horrible,” Krail said of his players. “They felt it was a game we could have won. Not should have won, but could have won.”
The players returned to practice last week ready to go. They’re a resilient group,” Krail said. “They’re into their football.” If Los Gatos had lost to San Benito, it would have opened De Anza Division on Oct. 4 against Krail’s former team, Santa Clara, still searching for its first win. “You certainly don’t envision 0-3,” Krail said. “But when you’re 0-2, you never know.” Joey Wood rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown against San Benito, and Bailey McNally had 11 tackles.
By Darren Sabedra – San Jose Mercury News