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As I closely monitored the high school scores on Twitter while covering Palo Alto’s win over San Benito on Friday night, there didn’t seem to be many surprises. Bellarmine was winning. So was Mitty. St. Francis was shutting out yet another opponent. And Milpitas was cruising, too. No, I didn’t hear about the surprise of the night until I got back to the office. Before I grabbed the seat at my desk, someone blurted: “Krail is 0-2.”
Mark Krail is a good coach. His track record at Pioneer at Santa Clara speaks for itself, and his teams will win at Los Gatos, just as Butch Cattolico’s teams won for years and years. But I certainly didn’t expect the Wildcats to lose at home Friday to Menlo-Atherton, which opened the season with a 17-point loss to Campolindo and lost to Los Gatos 42-6 last season, the final one of Cattolico’s storied coaching career.
Los Gatos dropped its season opener, too, to Mitty, by two touchdowns. But it led Mitty at halftime and didn’t play poorly, except for the third quarter. Friday, the fourth quarter did in the ‘Cats. Leading 10-7 through three, Los Gatos watched Isiah Nash score on runs of 50 and 41 yards to lead Menlo-Atherton to a 19-10 win. The big play is something Los Gatos hasn’t yet stopped. A week earlier, Mitty’s Dakari Monroe scored on touchdown runs of 87 and 51 yards against the Wildcats. So … when will Los Gatos get a win for its new coach?
The Wildcats travel next week to San Benito, which lost to Palo Alto 28-7 on Friday but showed flashes of a running attack, which might not bode well for Los Gatos. If the ‘Cats lose that one, their next game is at home, Oct.4, against Santa Clara, Krail’s former team. Santa Clara won Friday over Independence.
I’m guessing Krail would prefer to get that first win next week and not against his former players. On the bright side for Krail and the ‘Cats, Mike Mitchell started 0-6 at St. Francis in the mid-1990s when he replaced the legendary Ron Calcagno. How did that turn out? The Lancers won their final seven games to win the CCS championship.
By Darren Sabedra – San Jose Mercury News