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Friday night was the opening night of De Anza league play for the Cats. It was a successful night all around for the Boys of Fall. The Frosh-Soph team got the night started off in the right direction with a convincing victory over the Santa Clara Bruins.
The challenge of the week for the Varsity was to get off to a “fast start” and leave no doubt. We did just that scoring 35 points in the first quarter. It was really a night for the defense as they completed dominated and shut down the “fast pace” no huddle offense of the Bruins. In fact, the Bruins recorded 2 first downs in the first half, both coming by Wildcat penalties. It was a long night for the Bruins, as their running game was not a factor, and their quarterback, Antonio Nazario, was hurried and harassed all night long.
The defensive play of the night came in the first quarter when Brendan Ross stripped the quarterback of the ball, and Cameron Ackerman was there to “scoop and score”. This is a theme that has been preached all season long by the defensive coaching staff, especially linebacker coach Joe Farwell. Griffin Jordan also added a fumble recovery deep in Bruin territory that led directly to a Cat touchdown!
On special teams, it was a night to remember as well. Early in the game, Bailey McNally blocked a punt deep their territory. The next play Joey Wood ran in the touchdown from the 15-yard line. Logan Chapman had a good night as well. He continued his perfect streak on PAT’s, and added 4 touchbacks on kick-offs.
The offense was efficient in the first half, scoring touchdowns each time it reached the red zone. Joey Wood scored 4 times on runs, and Corey Olivet added a rushing touchdown as well. Nick Bawden and Dru Brown combined to be 9 for 11 for 104 yards, and the team added 212 yards rushing as well.
It was a night where every varsity player saw action in the game, and it was well deserved. Our players work extremely hard during the summer and during the season, so it’s gratifying to get all of the team on the field on a Friday night.
Friday night we, as a school, honored Breast Cancer Awareness at the game, and specifically honoring Chris Brienzo, long time Cat parent and supporter. It was a nice tribute to Chris and the effort toward fighting Breast Cancer. Thanks to all who contributed to the Chris Brienzo Scholarship fund.
Next up for the Wildcats: We travel to Fremont High School for a 7:00 pm start. Go Cats!