Right about now, there isn’t a sweeter sports gig in the county than being the Serra High School quarterback. Said head coach Patrick Walsh of the position Friday night, after a 50-3 win: “We have two good quarterbacks. We have a luxury right now. You never know what is going to happen during a season. I was really happy with both their efforts.
This week’s Honor Roll starts with Matt Fai’tta and Anthony Smock, who both saw action Friday night and were very effective. The two signal-callers combined to go 6 of 12 passing for 186 yards and two touchdowns.
As a whole, Serra’s offense continues to improve and help them win ball games. Besides their quarterbacks, the Serra running game was dynamic. Kava Cassidy ran the ball 11 times for 121 yards and pair of touchdowns. And Gabriel Cabezon came in late during the game and made the most of his four touches — he scored twice and racked up 101 yards on the ground.
Finally, for the second straight week, the Serra defense held a West Catholic Athletic League team to under 200 yards of offense (on Friday, it was actually less than 100) and single digits points. Daniel Lavulo was the big man on defense. He led the Padres with nine tackles, including four for a loss.
Other notable gridiron performances include Terra Nova’s John Wallace. While the Tigers have been known for throwing the ball at will this season, it was actually the running attack that carried Terra Nova past Sequoia in its Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division opening win. Wallace rushed for 130 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. His teammate, Jaylend Jones, led the receiving attack with six catches for 79 yards and a TD. Jones was one of four Terra Nova receivers to catch at least four balls.
Sequoia’s offense hung in with Terra Nova’s — they were only outgained 346 to 303. Cameron Greenough did the heavy lifting for the Cherokees. He had 124 yards of total offense. But Sequoia might have done more damage were it not for crazy defending by Trevor Utler and David Melton, who combined for 26 1/2 tackles. Melton had six of those for a loss. Wyatt DeShane was also in double digits for Terra Nova.
Josh Sved of Mills football was instrumental in the Vikings’ first Lake Division win — a 14-6 holdoff of El Camino. Sved caught six passes for 92 yards and a score — all in the second half. He also had a key block that sprung quarterback Marquis Adkins for Mills’ second score of the day.
Also picking up a big win in the Lake Division was Hillsdale. And a lot of it was Giancarlo Boscacci’s fault. The senior running back was Carlmont’s worst nightmare Friday afternoon. No. 21 rushed for 272 yards on 28 carries and found the end zone three times. His quarterback, Cole Carrithers, had a solid game as well, completing 11 passes for 179 yards and two scores. Brandon Butcher caught five of those throws for 120 yards and a TD.
A tough non-league schedule for Woodside finally paid dividends for the Wildcats in a 42-27 win against Half Moon Bay. Robert Wang and Josh Holman were a big reason why Woodside won. Wang completed 13 of 29 passes for 284 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Holman was the main beneficiary and target for Wang. Holman caught seven passes for 194 yards and both of Wang’s scoring passes.
Robby Baumgarten of Burlingame football was huge in keeping the Panthers undefeated on the year. The Panthers’ Swiss Army knife, Baumgarten returned a kick 64 yards for a score, added a pair of interceptions — including a 10-yard pick-6 — and rushed for 57 yards on just three carries in the Panthers’ 58-0 win over King’s Academy Friday night.
Over on the volleyball court, Devin Joos of Menlo-Atherton made quite the debut and proved she was worth the wait after transferring from St. Francis-Mountain View. In her first match, in a key PAL Bay Division matchup against Carlmont, Joos finished with a match-high 27 kills. Against Aragon, she finished with 17 kills and 16 digs as the Bears remained undefeated and in first place in league play.
Also in the PAL, Woodside Wildcats senior Christine Alftin notched a match-high 31 kills in a five-set win over a tough Burlingame squad. Sophomore Jesse Larkin added 10 kills in that match. Burlingame outside hitter Morgan McKeever tabbed a team-high 17 kills, while Tatum Novitsky had 14 kills and Bianca Alvarez had 12 kills.
In West Bay Athletic League play, Victoria Garrick, Natalie Marshall and Mamie Caruso of Sacred Heart Prep volleyball helped the Gators capture the Aragon tournament by going a perfect 5-0, dropping only one set in the process.
Garrick paced the offense with 46 kills and 24 digs, Marshall pumped out 85 assists and Caruso had 30 digs.
Finally in the pool, Nick Bisconti of Menlo School water polo scored three goals, including the game winner, as he helped the Knights all but clinch the Peninsula Athletic League’s Bay Division water polo title with an 8-7 win over second-place Menlo-Atherton. Bisconti converted a 5-meter penalty shot with 47 seconds left to play to give the Knights the lead.
And staying in the Valparaiso area, the Sacred Heart Prep Gators traveled to Irvine over the weekend and went 3-1 in the S and R Sport tournament. The Gators advanced to the championship game where they fell to Harvard-Westlake, 15-8. In two matches Friday, SHP beat Irvine and Foothill 16-5 and 13-9, respectively. In the semifinals, the Gators beat Newport Harbor 9-8 to advance to the final.