Beats of drums and cheerleader cheers filled the stands this Saturday afternoon as the varsity football team played its first home game against Burlingame. The stands were full as the game began at 1:30 p.m. in the sizzling heat.
Junior running back Patrick Vargas started the game with a bang by scoring the first touchdown and giving Los Altos a 7-0 lead.
During the next few plays Los Altos kept running the ball down the field but kept getting beaten back by Burlingame and penalties from the referees.
The team started to lose steam against Burlingame during the second half, Burlingame got ahead quickly by scoring five times before halftime, making the score 35-7.
“In the first quarter we had Burlingame on their toes,” Patrick said. “But penalties killed our drives and on top of that a lot of our boys were very gassed by halftime because most of us are 2 way starters.”
After half-time Burlingame continued to build up their lead, scoring three more touchdowns. By this time most of the Los Altos starters had lost their steam but they kept pushing. Los Altos did score one more running touchdown in the final quarter of the game, which brought the final score to 56-17.
“We got a young team and it’s going to take time to gel together but we can definitely contend with anybody,” Patrick said. “Burlingame was a good team and we are too, they just played better and didn’t make as many mistakes as we did. We have a bye this week so were going to correct our mistakes and get ready for our first league game.”
Los Altos faces off against Lynbrook in an away game next on Friday, October 3.