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Champions! Los Gatos too much for Wilcox, win league crown


LOS GATOS — Exceptional defensive effort coupled with the ability to hit the long pass were the key ingredients Friday for Los Gatos in a 28-7 win over Wilcox.

This victory secures Los Gatos (6-2, 4-0) the SCVAL/PAL De Anza Division championship. The Wildcats play in Mountain View next Friday before wrapping up the regular season with a crossover game against Menlo-Atherton.

“It’s awesome,” Los Gatos quarterback Jake Boyd said. “It always comes down to us and Wilcox. It feels good to walk away with the victory for the league championship.

Boyd completed 6 of 9 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown, a 74-yard bomb to Will Brennan that gave Los Gatos a two-touchdown lead with 5:20 left in the third quarter.

Then, after a Henry Masters interception got the ball back for the Wildcats, Boyd handed the ball to Jaylen Thomas, who stopped and threw to Brennan, all alone past Wilcox’s secondary for a touchdown. of 73 yards which served as the proverbial icing on the cake.

Los Gatos High’s Will Brennan (1) is congratulated by Luchi Casale (14) and Will Cohen (77) after Brennan caught a pass and ran the ball 73 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of their football game against Wilcox High in Los Gatos, Calif. on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

“We’ve been working on this game all year,” Los Gatos coach Mark Krail said. “We put them in a lineup where there was a guy there on our receiver. As soon as he jumped on the run, we knew we had them.

With sack yardage factored in, Wilcox held Los Gatos to 42 rushing yards. But seven completions amassed 255 yards in the air.

“You have to run to be able to pass,” Boyd said. “The way we headed the ball earlier this season is what got us those big passing plays tonight.”

Wilcox (7-1, 3-1) entered the game averaging 38 points per outing.

“Holding this team to seven points was incredible,” Krail said. “We were able to prevent the big play. They had to gain every yard they gained. We had a few turnovers and that’s what you have to do against them or they’ll just chew the clock.

Wilcox, a program renowned for its ground game, ran 63 plays from scrimmage compared to 38 for Los Gatos. The Chargers finished with 125 rushing yards and 122 assists.

“Our coaches gave us the tools we needed,” Los Gatos linebacker Luchi Casale said. “It was all about preparation and focus.”

Wilcox High quarterback Armand Johnson (5) runs with the ball while looking for an open receiver before being sacked by Los Gatos High's Nicolas Ramos (99), forcing a fumble and Wildcats recovery in the fourth quarter of their football game in Los Gatos, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)
Wilcox High quarterback Armand Johnson (5) runs with the ball while looking for an open receiver before being sacked by Los Gatos High’s Nicolas Ramos (99), forcing a fumble and Wildcats recovery in the fourth quarter of their football game in Los Gatos, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Joseph Matthews and Nicolas Ramos had bags for Los Gatos. Ryan Bernat and Masters made interceptions. Jeramiah Lewis had a bag for Wilcox.

The teams traded touchdowns early. Los Gatos went for 59 yards on their first possession. Emiliano Mejia’s 3-yard run was set up by a 42-yard pass. Wilcox returned with an 80-yard drive that ended on a one-yard run by Elijah Walker, who finished with a record 83 rushing yards.

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