There was no doubt that the Los Gatos High School Wildcats football team played their best and most fundamentally sound football game of the year Friday evening at Helm Field against the Chargers.
It could not have come at a better time, going up against a very talented Wilcox High School football team.
Los Gatos put together four quarters of solid football and beat the Wilcox 35-21. This is a Wilcox team which had scored 50 or more points in each of their last two games. Prior to Friday night, the coaches talked to the team about how we had played in our games so far and the fact that we had yet to defeat a really sound team.
Friday night we did just that, we beat a very good team. The Cats jumped to a 14-0 lead and maintained their toughness and poise for the remainder of the game.
Once again, Will Le led the way for the offense rushing for 196 yards and scoring 3 touchdowns. He got great support from his offensive lineman, Nico Aimonetti, Kevin Tjon, Dave Fishman, Brendan Wiliams and Alex Randolph. Also providing great blocking was Tight End Teva Brender, and Full Back's Joey Wood, Jack Tittle and Tyler Perkins. Matt Etterman and Joey Wood also ran the ball very well.
Nick Bawden had another outstanding game at quarterback completing 8 of 13 passes for 127 yards. He seems to be maturing into the QB that we hoped he would. Kyle Kevorkian also led the way for our offense with 2 receptions, one for a 47 yard score. Others on the receiving end were Will Le who had two catches, one for a TD, Teva Brender, Logan Chapman, Cameron Perry and Joey Wood.
On defense, Ricky Turnwall returned from injury to lead the Cats with 8 tackles, while Tyler Perkins and Brent McCoy performed outstanding as usual. Cody Marshall, Tjon, Aimonetti, Tittle, Brender, Williams, Zack Wiley, Kevorkian, and Joey Wood all played great and had tackles on defense.
The Cats also showed off an outstanding kicking game with Tjon doing the punting and Chapman putting three of 6 kick offs into the endzone for touchbacks.
The defense was asked to slow down one of the finest running backs in the CCS, and did a very credible job, he did have some long runs, but the team held him to short gains most of the night.
This type of play will be necessary over the rest of the season, but the first step is always the toughest, and the Cats took that step Friday night. With four of the last five games on the road, the team will need to step up and show what they can do away from our home field.
On another note: former Wildcats Andrew Berg, tied a Harvard record with three td receptions in a single game on Saturday. He caught 10 passes for 132 yards as Harvard improved to 4-0 on the season.
This Friday we travel to Mountain View for a 3:15 p.m. game. I Hope you can make it, and thanks for the support.