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Publication Date: Friday, November 04, 2005

Sports Wrap Sports Wrap (November 04, 2005)

Eagles football notches shutout

With Homecoming and lowly Lynbrook out of the way, Los Altos can finally focus on Santa Clara.

Perhaps distracted by the school-wide festivities, Los Altos overcame 11 penalties to dispense with the winless Vikings 30-0 on Oct. 29.

Fullback Jamar Watson rushed nine times for 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagles. Watson's first score came on a 54-yard sprint four minutes into the game and provided Los Altos with all the points it would need.

The Eagles' defense took it from there. Defensive back Nick Fishwick recorded a safety and recovered an onside kick for Los Altos, which posted its first shutout of the season.

But the Eagles (6-2 overall) know they need to get back to the disciplined football that has put them in position to challenge Santa Clara for the El Camino Division title and CCS bid.

"Something was missing today in our attitude," said Eagles quarterback Richard Rullo, who completed 5-of-9 passes for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns. "To [beat] Santa Clara, we're going to have to eliminate all those penalties and play a lot smarter."

Tied with the Bruins atop the league standings with a record of 4-0, Los Altos must figure out how to slow down the dynamic Santa Clara offense. The Bruins have outscored their El Camino opponents by a combined score of 181-32.

Sports Shorts

Mountain View's football team pushed Palo Alto to the limit, but could not hold on, losing 15-12 on Oct. 28. The Spartans built a 12-7 halftime lead on a rushing touchdown by Brandon Hamilton and a 35-yard touchdown by Shane Cooney on a blocked punt, but were overcome by the host Vikings, who remain undefeated in the De Anza Division. Mountain View (3-5, 2-3 De Anza) had won two consecutive games, but now must defeat visiting Saratoga on Nov. 4 to finish at .500 in league. ... St. Francis' volleyball team won its first-round game in the WCAL Playoffs, beating No. 4 seed and host Valley Christian 25-16, 25-17, 25-21 on Nov. 1. Lisa Prang and Chrissy Zirpolo led the No. 5 seed Lancers with 10 and nine kills, respectively, while Kate Molak anchored the defense with four blocks. With the CCS field to be announced on Nov. 6, St. Francis (23-7) was set to visit top-seed and undefeated Mitty on Nov. 2 as the Voice went to press.
-- Scott Campbell

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