With a score of 35-28, the Mountain View Spartans, led by head coach Shelley Smith, beat the Milpitas Trojans.
Austin Flax (#2) helped lead the Mountain View Spartans to victory through game-changing plays against the Trojans. Flax is a 5'8", 160-pound Junior for the Spartans, who plays offense and defense. Despite being a junior, this is Austin's second year playing on the varsity team as he was one of the four sophomores to be brought up to the varsity level in 2018. On Friday night, Flax had 6 catches for a total of 139-yards, two touchdowns and a 98-yard pick 6.
After a week of preparation for the Spartans, hundreds of people filled the stands at Milpitas High School to watch this conference battle. After a slow start to the game, the Spartans went into halftime down, 13-21. The Spartans came back from halftime focused, wanting to take control of the field and score. With seven minutes left in the game, Flax had a pick 6 resulting in a 98-yard return for a touchdown. Coach Smith says Austin's pick 6, "put the win out of reach for Milpitas."
"This team left it all on the field," says Smith. "Our school and community is suffering the loss of a beloved classmate and this team was able to use football as an outlet for emotions." The Mountain View Spartans don't back down from a challenge and continue to focus on making it to playoffs.
Austin is a multi-sport athlete who competes in track and has also expressed an interest in joining the basketball team this year. With dreams of attending college on the East Coast, Austin remains focused on school and taking as many AP classes he can in addition to working hard to become a better athlete. "Austin is my go-to-guy" says Smith. "Not only does he lead by example, but he is able to accept any task and make it happen with a smile on his face."
As the school of this week's recipient of the 49ers PREP High School Player of the Week Award presented by U.S. Bank, Mountain View High School will receive a $500 grant towards its football program. As part of this award, Flax will receive two tickets to a 49ers home game where he will be recognized on the field during the pre-game ceremony. At the end of the season, Flax will be presented with his award by 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan during a closed practice at the SAP Performance Facility.