Wildcats tied in final game by St. Francis of Mountain View; Valley Christian downs Bellarmine for CCS Div. I title.

It was 21-0 in favor of Los Gatos the last time the Wildcats faced St. Francis of Mountain View in a football game. On Friday night in the CIF Central Coast Section Div. III title game, the Wildcats got their 21 again but the St. Francis offense matched them and the two teams had to settle for a 21-21 tie.

The tie ends Los Gatos' win streak at 38 games, although the Wildcats will take a 38-0-1 unbeaten streak into next season. It was the second longest current win streak in the state behind De La Salle's all-time national and state best 137-game win streak.

The state's second longest win streak is now held by Mission Viejo, which will take a 26-game win streak into a matchup on Saturday vs. Claremont in the CIF Southern Section Div. II semifinals.

Another aspect of the Los Gatos tie is that there can be a clear-cut No. 1 team from the CCS this season.

That team is Valley Christian of San Jose. The Warriors made history on Friday night in a different way as they defeated Bellarmine of San Jose, 19-7, for their first section football title. That it comes in Division I and not a lower division, which would reflect Valley Christian's enrollment, is a testament to the ambition, hard work and determination of coach Mike Machado and his players.

Ryan Abbott and Casey Furtado both had key interceptions for the Valley Christian defense, which was the staple of the team all season. Tyler Mariucci ran the Warrior offense expertly, as he has all season without the major stats, and threw a key touchdown pass.

Had Los Gatos and Valley Christian both won on Friday in convincing fashion, it would have been a tough call between the two in the NorCal overall and state rankings.

For Los Gatos, this was one tie that was much, much worse than kissing your sister.

The two other CCS finals will be played on Saturday.

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