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By Darren Sabedradsabedra@mercurynews.com POSTED: 11/22/2014 05:29:57 PM PST
SAN MATEO — Serra stepped onto its home field Saturday as the reigning Central Coast Section Open Division champion and fresh from winning a share of the West Catholic Athletic League title.
That didn’t overwhelm Los Gatos one bit.
If the Wildcats had not already proved they can hold their own against teams from the CCS’s top league, they certainly did so Saturday, dominating Serra from start to finish on their way to a 28-0 rout that moves them into the Open Division semifinals next Saturday against Sacred Heart Prep at Independence.
Los Gatos (9-2) scored touchdowns on its first two series, led by three touchdowns at halftime and all but put away the game in the third quarter when Jake Holton’s interception inside the Serra 10 set up Joey Wood’s 1-yard scoring run for a 28-point cushion.
The quick start was the perfect script for Los Gatos, which has beaten St. Francis, Mitty and Serra of the WCAL in its past 12 games. “That certainly was the hopeful plan — that we would get out to an early lead,” Los Gatos coach Mark Krail said. “Fortunately, today we did. My hats off to all three phases. I told the guys, offense, defense, special teams. We knew they were fast and physical. We made some plays early, and our defense never buckled.”
Dru Brown completed passes of 9, 13 and 20 yards on Los Gatos’ first possession and then capped the 59-yard drive with a 1-yard sneak to make it 7-0.
On the Wildcats’ second series, Brown hung in the pocket against heavy pressure and at the last moment swung a screen pass to Joey Wood, who followed a convoy of blockers down the sideline and avoided one last defender to complete a 58-yard touchdown play.
“At this point in the season, our time is running out as seniors,” said Brown, who threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns. “I am just playing for the guy next to me. If I take a hit, it’s part of the game.”
Brown hung in there again later in the half, completing a 30-yard pass to Nick Occhipinti that moved Los Gatos to the 16. Brown’s 5-yard pass to Matt Wilcox moments later stretched the lead to 21-0.
Los Gatos put the rest of the game in the hands of its defense, which never allowed Serra’s fast-pace offense to get in rhythm.
“We’re coming out here as a school that’s never won an Open Division championship, and we’re looking to be the first,” Wood said. “No one better to beat in the first round than the defending Open champions.”
Serra (7-4) finished with 151 yards of total offense and four turnovers.
“They just beat us up front,” Serra coach Patrick Walsh said.