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Logan Chapman kicked a field goal with 20 seconds left in the game for the win and sole possession of first place in the very tough De Anza League. Nothing but bad luck early in the game for the Cats as Palo Alto got the ball deep in Los Gatos territory twice, once after an interception and another after a fumble. Fortunately, the defense did a tremendous job limiting the Vikings to a total of seven points for both possessions.
The offense finally got untracked with a 45 yd. touch-down run by Garret Zeiter and the score was tied at 7. Then the Cats drove the ball all the way to the ten yard line before another fumble ended a scoring opportunity. In the second half things started to go our way, with big runs from Shane Smith and Zeiter putting Los Gatos ahead 14-7. Palo Alto fought back in the fourth quarter and tied the game at 14. Then the Cats caught the biggest break of the game. Forced to punt with just over a minute to play, Palo Alto ran into punter Kevin Tjon resulting in a first down for the Cats. QB Bryan Rose hit Jake Bevins behind the Viking secondary and the Cats where in business inside the Palo Alto 20 yard line.
Three run plays by Zeiter ran the clock down to 20 seconds. From 23 yards out, Kevin Tjon snapped the ball to Bryan Rose who put it on the tee for Logan Chapman who kicked the game winner. It was a thrilling win for the team, and hopefully one that they will not soon forget. Many players contributed to the win that was truly a great team effort. Let’s all hope the boys keep things in perspective, and focus on the game with Milpitas, as this will be a very tough game. Things never seem to get easier, but winning a big game makes everyone feel a whole lot better about where we’re headed.
Thanks for the support, Coach Cattolico