The College of San Mateo football team has been looking forward to the start of the 2013 NorCal Conference schedule for some time now.
No more need to speculate, look at rankings, or listen to early-season predictions. Finally, it was time for some real football.
And by the way they took care of Foothill College in the conference opener, any pent-up anxiousness was expunged in a 33-0 win.
George Naufahu ran for 136 yards on 16 carries to lead a CSM rushing attack that racked up 265 yards on the ground against the Owls.
Through the air, Casey Wichman was 9 of 18 for 79 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
But the real star of the game was CSM’s defense, which held Foothill to just 197 yards of offense and forced five turnovers (including four interceptions).
Wichman scored on a 1-yard run with 1:00 left in the first quarter to get the scoring started for the Bulldogs.
Less than three minutes later, Naufahu found the end zone from seven yards away to make it 13-0. It was a score that was set up by CSM’s second interception of the game.
In the third quarter, CSM managed to turn another turnover into seven points. This time, Jared Puamau found the Promised Land from five yards away after a Foothill fumble. Naufahu scored again less than three minutes later to put the game away for good.
But, for good measure, former Menlo-Atherton standout Taylor Mashack intercepted a pass and went 85 yards for a touchdown to leave absolutely no doubt.
The win gives CSM serious momentum as they head into their yearly showdown with City College of San Francisco.
MENLO VOLLEYBALL WINS
Menlo concluded the first half of Cal Pac play on Saturday afternoon with an impressive 3-1 win over the visiting UC Merced Bobcats, 25-22, 25-18, 23-24, 25-20. The Lady Oaks remain perfect in the conference play and in sole possession of first place while improving their overall record to 12-5 (6-0). UC Merced falls to 11-8 (3-1).
Things looked grim for Menlo early on when UC Merced came out hitting on all cylinders and took a commanding 8-1 lead to start things off. However, the savvy Menlo squad maintained its composure and climbed back into the game and eventually pulled out the 25-22 win. They were aided in the set win, in large part, by a four-point run, including two aces on the serve of Jamie Nurenberg. The Menlo junior led all players with four aces on the night while the team totaled an impressive 13.
Disrupting the offense was key as four different players chipped in double-digit digs in a strong defensive effort that led to the win. Courtney Calicdan led the team with 25 followed by Nicole Yap with 11 and Emma Oehler and Kelly Sung both added 10. The defense and strong serving led Menlo to a decisive 25-18 game two win to enter the break leading 2-0.
In the fourth game, it was all Menlo as the efforts of Calicdan, Yap and the Menlo offense sealed the deal. Yap finished with a match-best 20 kills while Calicdan was close behind with 18. Kelly Sung recorded her second 45+ assist performance of the week with 45 on the night.