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CAMPBELL — Immediately after Los Gatos senior Yost Girvan took a knee with under 40 seconds remaining at Westmont High, he turned around looking for the rest of his teammates as the Wildcats stormed the field.
Top-seeded Los Gatos bookended its Central Coast Section portion of the schedule with shutouts of No. 7 Oak Grove, including Friday night’s 21-0 victory in the Division II championship game.
“It feels so surreal,” Girvan said. “It hasn’t even kicked in.”
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It’s the second CCS title for the Wildcats under Mark Krail’s tenure, who first raised the trophy upon taking over the program in 2013.
Los Gatos (12-1) finds out it fate for next week’s NorCal regionals on Sunday.
“Some of the guys have been taking a peek at the message boards and I just kind of superstitiously tried to stay away from that,” Krail said. “Tried to stay in the moment, so we’ll find out Sunday. I don’t know if we’ll be on the road, sounds like we probably will. But we’ll go out and have fun.”
“That’s all icing on the cake for this year. They accomplished what they set out to do and I’m really proud of them.”
Oak Grove (10-3), which lost 44-0 in the season opener to Los Gatos, wouldn’t to go away until the final minutes.
The Eagles, who benefited from an interception in the end zone by Louis Barber and the recovery of two muffed punts, went into halftime trailing 7-0.
But penalties kept coming back to haunt the offense, whose only trip into the red zone ended up in a turnover on downs.
“We were really hanging in there on defense, but towards the ends there were a few plays they made that were big-time plays,” Oak Grove coach Marcus Reese said. “Their defense is phenomenal and I consider Krail one of the top two coaches in our area.”
Los Gatos ended a scoreless deadlock on an 11-yard touchdown pass Girvan to fellow senior Gian Lagemann with 5:24 left in the second quarter.
The defense promptly forced a three-and-out of the locker room, then running back Adam Garwood got going after halftime adjustments with consecutive runs of 25, 22 and 11 yards — the latter a TD to make it 14-0 less than two minutes into the second half.
“They were loading up our tight end side, so we went a little unbalanced line on them and they were struggling to figure that out,” Krail said.
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