The varsity football team lost to rival MVHS Spartans on Friday, November 13. The final score was 19-38 after Mountain View scored on a 15-yard touchdown run with 30.5 seconds left in the game.
Although a non-league match, the Eagles put up a fight against the rival Spartans, who recently moved up to the De Anza Division. Going into the game, the Eagles were additionally at a disadvantage with the absence of their starting left-guard and defensive-end senior Doug Tomlinson, and fullback and linebacker junior Terence Cape. Both were out due to injuries.
The game started, with a touchdown made by Mountain View within the first half of the quarter. It was however, rebutted by the Eagles within a matter of seconds, when senior Roy Abousamra made an 85-yd. touchdown run off a kick return, advancing the Eagles to a 7-6 lead after a successful point after touchdown (PAT).
But the Eagles went into the second quarter down 7-12 and were never able to fully recover. As the game continued, Mountain View’s tough defensive line and runningback made it difficult for the Eagles to ever gain the advantage. Coming into the half, Mountain View led 18-7.
Quarterback senior Tim Vanneman had several good connections, allowing for the Eagles to rival the Spartans at a competitive level.
Although the Eagles put up a fight in the second half with two additional touchdowns made by senior Nicky Young and junior Tyler Stout, the Spartans were quick to defend their lead, scoring four additional touchdowns by the end of the game.
“We played hard, but they played harder,” senior Pierce Rasnick said.
The final score was 19-38, as the Spartans left the field with a victory to add to their 3-6-0 record. The Eagles departed with a new 6-4-0 record overall.
“It would have been nice to beat Mountain View since they’re our rivals,” senior Michael Lopez said. “But we tried our best and put up a good fight.”
Despite losing in the rivalry match-up, the Eagles are still strong, currently in a three-way tie for first place in the El Camino Division.
During halftime of today’s varsity football game, the last half of Powder Puff was played, as the juniors battled the seniors for the championship title. The seniors began in the lead after playing the first half of the game at lunch on Thursday, November 12. Capping off their victory with a final touchdown made by senior Julia Kirchhofer, the seniors won first place 26-0.