The Menlo Oaks and first-year head coach Mark Grieb can now breathe a sigh of relief. Win one is in the books.
In his first career start under center, Oaks quarterback Wade Hawkins led the Menlo offensive charge with a 15-of-28 performance for 208 yards including a trio of touchdown passes in what was a 35-6 win.
Menlo scored 35 unanswered points before the Sagehens finally found the end zone in the waning minutes of the third quarter.
After two tough and ugly losses, Grieb said he liked the way his team bounced back in Week 3 of the season.
The Oaks got on the board four minutes into the game when Hawkins dropped back and found an open Matt Belardes for a 46-yard touchdown.
Shortly after, Hawkins connected with Michael Alexander for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Then Daniel Jones returned a punt for 65 yards for another score. Not too long after that, Robert Gehre made a sensational catch over the top of a defender to pull in his first touchdown of the year and round out Menlo's first half scoring.
Menlo led 28-0 at the break.
Menlo's lone second half touchdown came just three minutes into the third quarter when Thomas Reynolds reached pay dirt on an 18-yard touchdown run to cap off an efficient two play, 37-yard scoring drive.
The defense took over from there fueled by Jaden Rosselli's team-leading six tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss.
Dylan Bunfill and Camyar Meshkaty each added five tackles. Meshkaty also forced a fumble. Menlo forced and recovered three fumbles, actually. The Oaks also racked up three sacks and tallied nine tackles for loss on the afternoon. Ray Roach came up with the lone interception on the afternoon, the first of his career at Menlo.
The Oaks offense totaled 357 yards (208 passing, 149 rushing) compared to just 126 total yards of offense for the Sagehens. Reynolds set the pace for Menlo's running backs by rushing for a game-high 57 yards and a touchdown. Kenneth Martey was close behind with 41 yards for the Oaks
About the only dark spot for the afternoon was Menlo’s penalty problem. The Oaks tallied 12 flags for 149 total yards.
The win improves Menlo to 1-2 on the season and drops Pomona-Pitzer to 0-2. The Oaks return to the friendly confines of Connor Field in Atherton next Saturday for a noon meeting with Pacific University of Oregon.
SATURDAY FOOTBALL ROUNDUP
Terra Nova, behind junior quarterback Anthony Gordon and receiver Jaylend Jones, continue to send a chill down the spine of the Peninsula Athletic League. A week after traveling to Oakland and taking down East Bay power Bishop O’Dowd in dominating fashion, the Tigers put a hurting on the reigning Central Coast Section Open Division champions, St. Ignatius, of the mighty West Catholic Athletic League.
Gordon threw three touchdowns to Jones — who also added a kickoff return for a touchdown in a 50-22 shelling of the Wildcats. Gordon passed for almost 400 yards.
Staying in the PAL Bay Division, for the second week in a row, the Sacred Heart Prep Gators pitched a shutout. By the exact same score. SHP took down Mountain View 48-0. Sacred Heart Prep held the Spartans to just 94 yards of total offense. They also forced four turnovers.
The Menlo School offense fired on all cylinders Saturday night at Woodside High School. The Knights took down Mission-San Francisco 59-12. Quarterback Jack Heneghan was 14-of-21 passing for 255 yards and five touchdowns. Peter Bouret caught three of those scores. The Menlo offense also rushed for 121 yards. Charles Roth and Colin Johnson led the defensive charge with seven tackles apiece.
Over in the PAL Lake, Hillsdale ran its record to 2-0 with a 27-13 win over Lincoln. The Knights offense was balanced, passing for 172 yards and rushing for 177. Reigning Daily Journal Athlete of the Week Cole Carrithers threw two touchdown passes in the win.
And also in PAL Lake play, Mills shut out Mission-San Jose 35-0.