Football coaches generally have an aversion to looking ahead on the schedule (they like to play them one game at a time) and rankings. Anybody's rankings.
"Rankings don't mean anything," he said. "I mean I guess it's nice, but we haven't played any games yet."
Still, Woodside is sitting up there atop the
So it's obvious
heading into Friday night's game against visiting
It returns senior quarterback Matt Pelesasa (6-2, 200), who threw for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for the Wildcats (6-5). Nicolopulos described him as both a good thrower and runner.
Speaking of runners, senior Lopeti Taufoo (5-11, 180) is perhaps the Wildcats' most intriguing player. He was the West Catholic Athletic League sophomore of the year in 2004 at San Mateo Serra, but had some off-field problems following that season and had to leave the school.
Taufoo wound up at Woodside and, after sitting out last season, is ready to roll.
"He has decent size and speed, but he didn't play last year, so he still needs to get up to speed," Nicolopulos said.
Taufoo was the featured back in Serra's double-wing two years ago that lifted the Padres into the Central Coast Section playoffs. Other Wildcats to watch are defensive end Paul Tuiono, a third-year varsity player and defensive end/offensive lineman Jordan Carr.
Nicolopulos, in his
second stint as the Wildcats' coach (eight years as coach overall), is no doubt
hoping for a deeper foray into the CCS playoffs this season. Last year the
Wildcats, following a
The Mustangs allowed
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