Paly football falls to rival Los Gatos 42-20


Tyler Martin

The Paly football team fell to Los Gatos by a final score of 42-20 on Thursday night at Palo Alto High School. 

Right from the opening kick, Paly struggled on both sides of the ball, trailing 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Their struggles continued into the second quarter, with Los Gatos taking a commanding 35-0 halftime lead. 

“I think in the first half we didn’t really come in there with that power to win,” junior wide receiver Jason Auzenne said.

In the second half, Paly turned things around, scoring 20 unanswered points. Paly’s surge was powered by a string of impressive plays, including a forced fumble by Luke Young (‘23) which was scooped up by Jack Newman (‘23) and returned for a 40-yard touchdown. 

“We kept a positive mindset even though we were down,” Auzenne said. “We played our heart out and showed what true Paly football is.”

Paly’s other scores came from a 22-yard touchdown pass to Leon Unga (‘23) and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Auzenne.

Unfortunately, this second-half push was not enough to win the game, but the players seem satisfied with the way they bounced back.

“I’m really proud of the fight the boys put up,” senior Oliver Marburg said. “We were down a lot and we battled back.”

Paly falls to 1-5 on the season and looks to get back in the win column in an away game next Friday against Wilcox.