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The No. 9 team is a traditional power that, despite some changes, should be in the mix for league and Central Coast Section championships this fall.
That team is …
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.” slgw1204football12Last 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.