It is no secret that after the football team’s dismal performance last year, a lot of students had lost hope for the prospects of this year’s team. But this year’s football program has not only disproved its critics; it has completely reinvented Eagle football. Determined to prove that they could be a threat, the team entered the season with everything to prove and not much to lose.
“We have to win games,” head coach Trever Pruitt said at the end of last year. “If we go out to prove that we can play than the students will come around.”
And the football team did just that, ending the season with a 7-2 record (as of press time). It’s most recent 30-0 win against Lynbrook is evidence of just how far it has come. To put the win in perspective, Los Altos fell to Lynbrook 25-54 this time last year. The Eagles have truly established themselves both in the league and at Los Altos, ending the season third in league. Although a spot in CCS playoffs is not there for the Eagles this year, it looks to be in the near future.
“I think this team is one of the best in CCS,” Pruitt said. We have a lot of young guys doing great things and they are going to contribute a lot.”
This bright future can be attributed to the young talent that the team has seen enter its ranks this year. The Eagles have four freshman on varsity, who will be expected to play a big role in future seasons.
“I think people really have to watch out for the young Eagles,” captain senior Dakota Kratzer said. “They have great coaches and a great drive.”
Now, in the home stretch of the season, the team is already looking forward to next year. The team took an expected rebuilding year and turned it into a success. This year’s performance has paved the way for next year’s players, who will be looking to pick up where they left off.
“Even though we won’t make it to the playoffs, we really paved the way for Los Altos football,” junior Phillip Almeda said. “Last year, there was talk about getting rid of [the football program]. We saved Los Altos football. We’re looking forward to playoffs next year and beating more teams in De Anza.”