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Gunn powers its way to another SCVAL El Camino football win

Gunn’s power running game pounded another opponent Friday, piling up 395 yards on 39 carries in a 44-6 football win over Cupertino.

Ten yards a carry, the equivalent of picking up a first down every time you call a running play, will do wonders for a team’s win-loss record. And all the more remarkable, Friday’s performance was no aberration. The Titans went into the game averaging 10.5 yards per carry -- on the season.

Everybody knows what’s coming out of Gunn’s double-wing offense, but nobody can stop it.

“You can’t replicate it in practice,’’ Cupertino coach Chris Oswald said. “A good power run game goes a long way. I watched them cut Saratoga in half. I’ve watched five or six of their games. Nobody wants any part of it.’’

The once-woeful Titans are now 8-1 and with a win next Friday at Homestead will capture the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division championship.

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Call them the Bullies of the El Camino.

The Gunn running game has been potent ever since it was installed by Jason Miller, who was hired prior to the 2018 season. But after going 4-6 in Miller’s first year, the big difference this season has been on the defensive end. Gunn has held four opponents to single-digit scoring and is allowing an average of 17 points per game, compared to almost 38 points per game last year.

“The guys play together, love each other,’’ Miller said. “They put in a hellacious amount of work in the off-season to get better on defense.’’

One note of concern on a night of mostly all positives was the knee injury suffered by standout lineman Kent Erlan.

Cupertino (3-6, 2-3), playing without its starting quarterback, scored a touchdown with 1:08 left to break up Gunn’s bid for a shutout.

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Gunn fullback Eitan Smolyar rushed for 123 yards, two touchdowns (on runs of 48 and 36 yards), a two-point conversion and brought his season rushing total past the 1,300-yard mark. Wingback Phillip Doan had a team-high 133 yards rushing bolstered by a 70-yard run for a touchdown. Richard Jackson added 96 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns.

Cory Hallada scored Gunn’s sixth touchdown on a 4-yard run. Quarterback Aidan Everett completed 5 of 7 passes for another 98 yards as the Titans had 493 yards of total offense. Jack Dellenbach was on the receiving of three of Everett’s completions for 66 yards.

Smolyar, Neil Hanson and Evan Cole recorded sacks for a defensive unit that has made a big difference in Gunn’s football fortunes.

“It’s 180 degrees from last year,’’ Miller said. “That’s the difference and why we’re playing for a league championship. If we get stops, we’re hard to beat.’’

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Gunn powers its way to another SCVAL El Camino football win

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Gunn’s power running game pounded another opponent Friday, piling up 395 yards on 39 carries in a 44-6 football win over Cupertino.

Ten yards a carry, the equivalent of picking up a first down every time you call a running play, will do wonders for a team’s win-loss record. And all the more remarkable, Friday’s performance was no aberration. The Titans went into the game averaging 10.5 yards per carry -- on the season.

Everybody knows what’s coming out of Gunn’s double-wing offense, but nobody can stop it.

“You can’t replicate it in practice,’’ Cupertino coach Chris Oswald said. “A good power run game goes a long way. I watched them cut Saratoga in half. I’ve watched five or six of their games. Nobody wants any part of it.’’

The once-woeful Titans are now 8-1 and with a win next Friday at Homestead will capture the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division championship.

Call them the Bullies of the El Camino.

The Gunn running game has been potent ever since it was installed by Jason Miller, who was hired prior to the 2018 season. But after going 4-6 in Miller’s first year, the big difference this season has been on the defensive end. Gunn has held four opponents to single-digit scoring and is allowing an average of 17 points per game, compared to almost 38 points per game last year.

“The guys play together, love each other,’’ Miller said. “They put in a hellacious amount of work in the off-season to get better on defense.’’

One note of concern on a night of mostly all positives was the knee injury suffered by standout lineman Kent Erlan.

Cupertino (3-6, 2-3), playing without its starting quarterback, scored a touchdown with 1:08 left to break up Gunn’s bid for a shutout.

Gunn fullback Eitan Smolyar rushed for 123 yards, two touchdowns (on runs of 48 and 36 yards), a two-point conversion and brought his season rushing total past the 1,300-yard mark. Wingback Phillip Doan had a team-high 133 yards rushing bolstered by a 70-yard run for a touchdown. Richard Jackson added 96 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns.

Cory Hallada scored Gunn’s sixth touchdown on a 4-yard run. Quarterback Aidan Everett completed 5 of 7 passes for another 98 yards as the Titans had 493 yards of total offense. Jack Dellenbach was on the receiving of three of Everett’s completions for 66 yards.

Smolyar, Neil Hanson and Evan Cole recorded sacks for a defensive unit that has made a big difference in Gunn’s football fortunes.

“It’s 180 degrees from last year,’’ Miller said. “That’s the difference and why we’re playing for a league championship. If we get stops, we’re hard to beat.’’

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Mark Weiss
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Downtown North
on Nov 2, 2019 at 2:05 pm
Mark Weiss, Downtown North
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on Nov 2, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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That's funny in that due to my cold I decided, despite emailing a list of 30 people about the game, to stay home. [Portion removed.] I was a contributor but not a star for the Terman 8th grade team. Flag football But Mom would not let me play for Gunn and sent me to Stanford tennis camp the week of double days.

Kudos to coach Miller and his lads.


Mark Weiss
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Downtown North
on Nov 3, 2019 at 9:02 pm
Mark Weiss, Downtown North
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on Nov 3, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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The part that was removed was a personal anecdote relayed to me from a family member of a current Gunn player, regarding his ambivalence about football success in an era when science is establishing a link between CTE and depression.
At Dartmouth, they practice tackling against robots, to save the players that much wear and tear, so to speak. Since Gunn excels at robotics, maybe the two teams can collaborate (robotics and football).


Frank Owen
Midtown
on Nov 4, 2019 at 5:59 am
Frank Owen, Midtown
on Nov 4, 2019 at 5:59 am
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Congrats to Gunn HS football!

(and enough with all the anti-tackle football non-sense). Football teaches fighting, or if that word is too non-PC for you, how about persevering against highly-motivated adversity? It also teaches teamwork, since so many players have to do their jobs correctly at the same time in order to reach a unified goal. Kind of like the military you say? but even football haters should admit football is less dangerous than the military. and you parents of fat kids? what's worse for their future? morbid obesity or a few collisions in full pads against other fully-padded kids?

now, no CTE pun intended, how about a no-brainer for next year?

The initial scrimmage game, next year, right before the regular football season opens, should be Paly v. Gunn.
This season, Paly's greatest challenges have been against run-dominated teams: Wilcox and Los Gatos. Give Paly's defense an early crack at devising strategies for trying to stop run-dominated teams, like Gunn's Double Wing attack!


Mark Weiss
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Downtown North
on Nov 4, 2019 at 6:15 pm
Mark Weiss, Downtown North
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on Nov 4, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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To put it in perspective if gunn wins El Camino they are promoted to Paly’s division; Though championship contenders they are ranked 47 out of 94 teams in the CCS according to maxpreps, while the Vikes are #25.
I’ve always thought the name Vikings is racist I think they should be known as the Harbaughs, and we can be the Straussers.


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