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Friday night’s victory over Mountain View makes four in a row for the Cats. We’ve seen a great deal of improvement with the team over the last 4 weeks. Granted, this has been the very doable part of the schedule, but the players have done a nice job of keeping the focus on us rather than our opponents. One of the things that we’ve talked a lot about is momentum. We gained some nice momentum with our win at San Benito, and have continued that over the last three weeks. Our offensive and defensive lines have really grown to become strengths of our team. We had very little returning experience on these units, and each week they are getting better and better.
This rivalry week should be a lot of fun, and a great week for Los Gatos High School. Over the years, I’ve been a part of some pretty good rivalries. These weeks always have a little more energy, a little more enthusiasm around the campus, and on the practice field. While it’s not Wedemeyer vs Pierce, the coaching aspect will be fun for me as well. Tim Lugo, the head coach at Saratoga, coached with me for 10 years at Pioneer, and I have a lot of respect for him as a coach and as a person. His players are well coached and I guarantee they will give him everything they’ve got Friday night. We have to match and exceed that enthusiasm if we’re going to be successful. I have a hunch we’ll be “up” for this game! Lugo is the only Saratoga coach to beat Los Gatos in many years. Congrats to him, but 1 is enough!
Friday’s game vs Mt. View was a well-played game by all three units for the Cats. The offense continued to improve and executed at a high level. Dru Brown started at quarterback, played the entire game, and played very well. We are very fortunate to have great depth at the quarterback position. There is no doubt that Dru would start at 90% of the schools in the Central Coast Section.
Our game plan did not change a bit, and neither did our execution. Dru stepped in and did a great job leading our offense. Cory Olivet had another good night for the Cats, returning a punt for a touchdown, running for a touchdown, and receiving a pass for a touchdown. Joey Wood had over 100 yards rushing and another rushing touchdown. Logan Chapman and Cody Marshall also caught touchdowns for the Cats. The defense continued to shine as it allowed only 1 touchdown in a very sold effort. The defense also recorded a safety when Nick Stojanovich tackled a Mt. View player in the endzone.
The end of our regular season schedule is stocked with great teams. The team knows what lies ahead, and is very excited to take each week head on, starting with Saratoga this week.