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You couldn’t ask for a more evenly matched game this Saturday at Westmont High School for the CCS Division II championship. The Chargers come in at 8 – 3 – 1 and have scored a total of 95 points in their two CCS playoff games. Earlier this year in league play, Wilcox beat Milpitas 49 – 26 and played the DeAnza league champion Palo Alto to a 14 – 14 tie. The low point of their season was a loss to Homestead, a game that they surely should have won.
Los Gatos came into this season with one of the best passing games in the CCS and hopes of another De Anza league title. Losses to Palo Alto 34 – 12, and Milpitas 20 – 19, took away any chance of regaining the De Anza crown. The Cats come in at 9 – 3, and beat Wilcox in league play 26 – 14. Los Gatos has outscored their opponents 93 – 6 in their two CCS playoff games.
Is the De Anza league strong? Well how about three teams in the CCS finals? Milpitas will face San Benito in the Division I final this weekend. Both Wilcox and Los Gatos cruised through their first two playoff games, but that probably won’t be the case Saturday night. Wilcox will use their ground attack and try to control the ball while keeping Hirschman and his aerial show on the sidelines. Anthony Herrera #33, had some long gains in their last meeting, and you can count on him getting plenty of work. Alec Gletzer and the Cats defense will need keep Herrera in check for the Cats to be successful.
The Cats will undoubtedly come out throwing the ball with Nick Hirschman hitting all of his targets in the form of Andrew Berg, Sam Bowers, and Jake Hackman-Salazar. Wilcox was able to get pressure on Hirschman in the the first half of their loss to the Cats, and they will need to accomplish that again if they plan on stopping the Los Gatos offense.
It should be a great game, and it just might come down to a turnover or mistake, as these big games usually do. In any case, it will be fun to watch.