SANTA CLARA — The only recreation Adam Garwood didn’t elevate Los Gatos on his shoulders, the senior operating again nonetheless driven the Wildcats’ successful landing around the function line.
Los Gatos trailed Wilcox by way of up to 19-0 and didn’t lead till the overall 2 mins, when, with an lend a hand from Garwood, senior receiver Kyle Pinkham ran, then rammed, into the tip zone after hauling in a cross from senior quarterback Alex Grado. The Wildcats scored the overall 20 issues in their 20-19 victory, which delivered them their first win over Wilcox in 4 seasons and no less than a percentage of the De Anza league name.
“Once we knew we had been going to play 5 video games, the fellows stated let’s cross 5-0, why now not?” trainer Mark Krail stated. “Our protection performed nice, threw a close out in the second one part. Our operating recreation struggled, and that’s what we’ve frolicked hats on for the primary 3 video games, so we needed to throw it, and even if we threw it, it grew to become out disastrous every now and then. However to those children’ credit score, we stored getting stops and getting the ball again and stored making performs.”
Wilcox opened a 19-0 benefit within the first part with a trio of interceptions, together with a pick-six, whilst additionally shutting down Garwood and Los Gatos’ prolific dashing assault. Garwood, who entered the sport with a CCS-best 467 dashing yards and 10 touchdowns, was once restricted to just 20 yards and ran the ball best 3 times after halftime.
As a substitute, it was once Grabo who led a couple of two-minute drills on the finish of each and every part that accounted for 2 of the Wildcats’ 3 touchdowns.
With lower than 4 mins to play, the Los Gatos protection compelled Wilcox to punt the ball main 20-14. Grabo in an instant finished 3 passes to take Los Gatos throughout midfield, then hooked up for 16 yards to senior Carson Gardner to convey them inside two yards of the purple zone. At the subsequent play, Grabo discovered Pinkham within the flat, and the senior receiver raced to the tip zone with Garwood trailing shut at the back of.
With 1:51 to head, Los Gatos led for the primary time all evening. Together with ultimate season’s 37-0 loss, it was once the primary time Los Gatos held a lead over Wilcox since 2018.
The ball was once within the palms of Wilcox quarterback Jesse Gutierrez, who were given the ball so far as the Wildcats’ 37-yard line. However ultimately confronted with a decisive fourth-and-18, Gutierrez’s heave downfield was once picked off by way of senior Ty Goldsbury.
“Clearly it’s spectacular to return again from that roughly deficit,” Wilcox trainer Paul Rosa stated. “It’s a kind of video games the place you knew they weren’t going to leave. They had been a bit of bit sloppy at first. We had been actually sloppy on the finish.”