Here we go. The fall season for the 2013-14 school year is upon us with a rush of new young prep stars establishing themselves in the nascent stage of the new season.
Football got off to a hot start, with the Peninsula posting a .690 winning percentage in Week 1 so there is plenty of Honor Roll love to go around.
First up, Faavae Brown of Sequoia football. The sophomore accounted for three touchdowns in the Cherokees’ 42-14 win over Fremont-Sunnyvale Friday night. Brown rushed for a 1-yard score and had touchdown tosses of 29 yards to Liam Clifford and 1 yard to Ivan Ayarza. Brown finished the game completing 9 of 12 passes for 94 yards and rushed for a team-high 86 yards on 20 carries.
Hillsdale scored a nice upset victory over Half Moon Bay High School. Cole Carrithers, quarterback for the Knights, had a big hand in that. The second-year varsity signal caller threw for 196 yards and three touchdowns. He completed nearly 61 percent of his passes (14 for 28) and threw scoring strikes to Justin Kelly, Vince Guidi and Hollon James.
Speaking of James, the running back scored a pair of touchdowns playing in only his first varsity game. He led the team in rushing with 88 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. He also caught three passes for 40 yards and another score.
Burlingame High School scored an eye-popping 45-0 victory over Mountain View. While Robbie Baumgarten got the party started with a kickoff return for a touchdown, Griffin Intrieri and Steve Cosenza kept it going all game long. Intrieri scored a pair of rushing TDs (11 and 4 yards) while Cosenza caught a 29-yard touchdown and also recovered a fumble.
Kono Filimoehala-Egan of Aragon had a nice 2013 debut. The Riordan transfer scored twice — once on offense, once of defense — during the Dons’ 50-0 win over Jefferson Friday night. Early in the first quarter, he stepped in front of an Indians receiver, snatched the ball out of the air and went 40 yards untouched. Later, he hauled in an impressive one-armed, 31-yard strike from quarterback Nat Blood. He finished with three catches for 93 yards.
Sacred Heart Prep posted a convincing 48-0 win over Branham to start the year and they had plenty of contributors.
While offensive lineman was rarely lauded, Patrick Finningan makes his onto the Honor Roll by recovering a fumble in the end zone during SHP’s win. Miguel Mendoza was churning his way toward the goal line when he coughed up the ball, bounding into the end zone. Finnigan beat Mendoza and a third Gator to the ball for the touchdown. He also helped pave the way for 266 rushing yards.
Nick Collazo of SHP was huge as well. The defensive end was in the quarterback’s face early and often during the Gators’ win. Collazo finished with four tackles, a sack, fumble recovery and several quarterback pressures.
SHP looks like it has a couple of promising young offensive weapons. Chief among those is tight end Andrew Daschbach. The sophomore got the most out of the minimum. He caught two passes for 62 yards — both touchdowns.
San Mateo’s Line Latu showed why he’s one of the most exciting players in the Peninsula Athletic League. Latu rushed for 181 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns — including one on a kickoff return — to beat Gunn of Palo Alto. He also caught a pass for 21 yards. Finau Hafoka scored twice for the Bearcats as well. San Mateo rushed for 333 yards.
In Saturday action, Mills got off to a fast start thanks in large part to Antonio Jeffrey. The Vikings rushed for five touchdowns and 297 yards on 41 carries. Jeffrey finished with 141 yards on 17 carries and three of those scores. Victor Beglitsoff caught two TDs.
High School volleyball is in full swing as well.
Ella McDonough of Carlmont volleyball is off to a hot start. She had 33 kills in five matches during the Milpitas Spikefest tournament over the weekend. Her weekend high came in the 11th-place match against St. Ignatius, finishing with 10 kills. Carlmont went 3-2, with wins over Lynbrook, Gunn and the Wildcats.
Victoria Garrick of Sacred Heart Prep volleyball had 19 kills and 10 digs in the Gators’ 25-8, 20-25, 25-19, 25-14 win over South City Saturday as the five-time defending Central Coast Section champion improved to 2-0. Garrick’s performance came a couple days after a 10-kill, 11-dig showing against Mercy-Burlingame. Ara Peterson was huge in that game too with 10 kills and six blocks.
The Menlo volleyball team went 3-2 at Spikefest, with a mountain of injuries piling up. Maddie Huber and Lida Vandermeer led the team in kills over the course of the tournament. Melissa Cairo and Jessica Houghton were outstanding at libero.
Huber was instrumental in Menlo’s big win over Menlo-Atherton — the reigning CCS champions. She had 13 kills and hit .263. Morgan Dressel had three blocks and 11 kills. Vanderneer tallied 11 kills.
In a water polo note, Menlo’s John Wilson recorded 19 huge saves against PAL rival Menlo-Atherton. Nick Bisconti led the team with five goals in that win.