The best thing about the Internet, you can find out almost anything you need to know — at least as it pertains to sports.
Blogs, message boards, social media, Web-only sport sites have revolutionized how sports information can be distributed and accrued.
But I had to do a double take Monday morning when I looked up Menlo School’s football result against San Angelo Central High School in Texas.
Originally, the final score was listed San Angelo 84-63 winners over the Knights, later amended to 84-49.
That couldn’t be right, I thought. After putting in a call in to the Menlo coach to verify the score, I started an Internet search and I came across the game story from the San Angelo Standard Times and it verified it: San Angelo, indeed, had hung 84 points on the Knights.
Even more eye-popping: the Bobcats scored 50 points in the first quarter alone, including scoring a pair of their 11 touchdowns about three minutes into the game.
San Angelo racked up more than 600 yards of offense for the second consecutive game and broke a school record for most points scored. The Bobcats scored 71 points in the season opener.
If not for a pair of early turnovers, Menlo might have made the score a lot closer. Senior quarterback Jack Heneghan threw for 411 yards and four touchdowns — setting a stadium record for most passing yards thrown against a San Angelo defense. He also scored two more on the ground.
Jack Marren caught three scoring passes and finished with seven catches for 95 yards. Graham Stratford led the team with 123 yards receiving on six catches, while Pete Bouret finished with seven receptions for 118 yards.
Menlo’s wild and wooly game just brought some extra excitement to a good weekend of football from the teams of the Peninsula Athletic League.
The 18-team PAL went a combined 11-6 in opening-weekend action. Throw out the two games that matched two PAL teams together — Aragon’s 50-0 over Jefferson and Hillsdale’s 31-28 win over Half Moon Bay — and the record is still a very respectable 9-4 against outside competition.
The Lake Division, considered to be the weakest division in the Peninsula Athletic League, had the best opening weekend of the three divisions, going a combined 4-1 (King’s Academy had a bye). As it has been the case the last couple of years, the race for the Lake Division title could be the best in the PAL.
Hillsdale had the most impressive win, taking down Ocean Division squad Half Moon Bay, but Mills may have opened some eyes with a 53-point explosion in a win over Harbor. Carlmont opened the Marcus Farhad era with a 17-6 victory over Yerba Buena and El Camino took down Washington-San Francisco, 28-7.
The lone Lake Division loss was Jefferson, which, despite getting run over by Aragon 50-0, showed it has some talent and team speed and could be a spoiler this season. The last three seasons have seen the best PAL races coming out of the Lake and it appears it will come down to the wire again in 2013.
The most impressive win of the weekend had to be Terra Nova’s 45-7 shellacking of East Bay power Bishop O’Dowd. The Dragons are off to an 0-2 start and appear headed for a down year, but that doesn’t take away from the fact the Tigers shredded them. Anthony Gordon, in his first varsity start, threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns, completing 60 percent of his passes in the progress.
Receiver Jaylen Jones lived up to preseason billing as a player to watch as he finished with seven catches for 147 yards.
The most exciting was South City’s 26-25 overtime win against Santa Clara. Tied at 19, South City’s Maligi Maluia scored from four yards out in the first overtime. James Donegan’s extra point gave the Warriors a 26-19 lead.
Santa Clara scored on its overtime drive, but it’s 2-point conversion attempt was knocked away to preserve the win for South City.
Nathan Mollat can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 344-5200 ext. 117. He can also be followed on Twitter @CheckkThissOutt.