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Los Altos slows down Gunn in 34-7 SCVAL football victory

Los Altos beat Gunn 34-7 on Friday night, ending a three-game losing streak to the Titans. Photo taken Sept. 10, 2021 by Rick Eymer.

Cole Rafferty and Jimmy Flynn have been playing catch with each other since the second grade. It's no wonder they connected on four passes for 103 yards, including a pair of touchdowns.

Los Altos' Cole Rafferty. Photo taken Sept. 10, 2021 by Rick Eymer.

"Our connection, it works," Rafferty said after Los Altos stunned Gunn 34-7 in a SCVAL El Camino Division football game Friday night. "He knows where I like it and he puts it there."

Rafferty worked against a double team most of the night and Flynn didn't even seem to notice. He found a sliver of an opening on both touchdowns, trusting Rafferty would somehow come down with the ball.

"Mountain View is our rival but I was more hyped for this," Rafferty said. "This feels great."

Los Altos (3-2, 2-0) beat the Titans (4-2, 1-1) for the first time since November of 2016. Gunn put up 125 points on the Eagles in their last three meetings combined.

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"Gunn has the reputation of having the most physical players," Eagles defensive tackle Patrick Gates said. "We wanted to show we're the most physical. This feels absolutely amazing."

Gates and the rest of the Eagles defensive line were the key to victory, stuffing Gunn's running attack. The Titans, noted for producing upwards of 400 yards, were limited to 150 rushing yards Friday.

"For the last three years or so, Gunn has put up 40-plus points on us," Rafferty said. "The defensive line worked so hard during the off-season and really did a great job. Gunn uses their speed to good advantage. They like to run outside, so we wanted to stop that and force them to go up the middle, where we could pile on."

"There was no big guy Ken Erlan (Gunn's 6-4, 280-pound guard who graduated) and we really brought it," Gates said. "We knew where they liked to run and we were ready for it. We stuffed them."

It also helped that Los Altos recovered two fumbles -- Rafferty and Brock Bowman recovering -- that both led to touchdowns.

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Fady Youssef and Rafael Arce helped contain Gunn's offense by getting penetration and making first contact in the backfield.

Los Altos took the opening kickoff and marched downfield, eating up big chunks of time. That drive ended in an interception. Gunn used the rest of the first quarter to reach the Los Altos' 3-yard line.

Kevin Green scored on the first play of the second quarter to put Gunn ahead.

Los Altos quarterback Jimmy Flynn. Photo taken Sept. 10, 2021 by Rick Eymer.

Los Altos scored on Greg Schumann's two-yard run midway through the second quarter, with Flynn completing key passes to Zach Fagin, Mingaang Park and Rafferty to keep the drive going.

After stopping Gunn on downs, the Eagles went back to work, scoring with 25 seconds left in the first half on a three-yard run from Fagin, his only carry of the night.

Two plays into the third quarter, Rafferty recovered a fumble that led to his 34-yard touchdown reception.

Park rushed for 109 yards, 48 on a touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Los Altos added a 23-yard Flynn-to-Rafferty touchdown special to end the scoring.

Due to a pair of postponements earlier in the season, Los Altos will play three games over the next 15 days beginning with a road game at Saratoga on Thursday, followed by a home game against Fremont on Monday, Oct. 18 and a non league game at home against San Lorenzo Valley on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Gunn plays a home game against Lynbrook on Friday.

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Los Altos slows down Gunn in 34-7 SCVAL football victory

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Uploaded: Mon, Oct 11, 2021, 11:40 am

Cole Rafferty and Jimmy Flynn have been playing catch with each other since the second grade. It's no wonder they connected on four passes for 103 yards, including a pair of touchdowns.

"Our connection, it works," Rafferty said after Los Altos stunned Gunn 34-7 in a SCVAL El Camino Division football game Friday night. "He knows where I like it and he puts it there."

Rafferty worked against a double team most of the night and Flynn didn't even seem to notice. He found a sliver of an opening on both touchdowns, trusting Rafferty would somehow come down with the ball.

"Mountain View is our rival but I was more hyped for this," Rafferty said. "This feels great."

Los Altos (3-2, 2-0) beat the Titans (4-2, 1-1) for the first time since November of 2016. Gunn put up 125 points on the Eagles in their last three meetings combined.

"Gunn has the reputation of having the most physical players," Eagles defensive tackle Patrick Gates said. "We wanted to show we're the most physical. This feels absolutely amazing."

Gates and the rest of the Eagles defensive line were the key to victory, stuffing Gunn's running attack. The Titans, noted for producing upwards of 400 yards, were limited to 150 rushing yards Friday.

"For the last three years or so, Gunn has put up 40-plus points on us," Rafferty said. "The defensive line worked so hard during the off-season and really did a great job. Gunn uses their speed to good advantage. They like to run outside, so we wanted to stop that and force them to go up the middle, where we could pile on."

"There was no big guy Ken Erlan (Gunn's 6-4, 280-pound guard who graduated) and we really brought it," Gates said. "We knew where they liked to run and we were ready for it. We stuffed them."

It also helped that Los Altos recovered two fumbles -- Rafferty and Brock Bowman recovering -- that both led to touchdowns.

Fady Youssef and Rafael Arce helped contain Gunn's offense by getting penetration and making first contact in the backfield.

Los Altos took the opening kickoff and marched downfield, eating up big chunks of time. That drive ended in an interception. Gunn used the rest of the first quarter to reach the Los Altos' 3-yard line.

Kevin Green scored on the first play of the second quarter to put Gunn ahead.

Los Altos scored on Greg Schumann's two-yard run midway through the second quarter, with Flynn completing key passes to Zach Fagin, Mingaang Park and Rafferty to keep the drive going.

After stopping Gunn on downs, the Eagles went back to work, scoring with 25 seconds left in the first half on a three-yard run from Fagin, his only carry of the night.

Two plays into the third quarter, Rafferty recovered a fumble that led to his 34-yard touchdown reception.

Park rushed for 109 yards, 48 on a touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Los Altos added a 23-yard Flynn-to-Rafferty touchdown special to end the scoring.

Due to a pair of postponements earlier in the season, Los Altos will play three games over the next 15 days beginning with a road game at Saratoga on Thursday, followed by a home game against Fremont on Monday, Oct. 18 and a non league game at home against San Lorenzo Valley on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Gunn plays a home game against Lynbrook on Friday.

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